National Oceans Month Exhibit 2018

In celebration of National Oceans Month an exhibit was held at the Honolulu Hale Courtyard from May 24 - June 15, 2018. The name of this exhibit is Ka 'ike o ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean. Our Sunday figure drawing group at Manoa, was invited to participate with ocean related artworks. Others involved were the Hawaii Watercolor Society, Waikiki Aquarium, NOAA and the Mayor's Office of Culture & the Arts.
I submitted an oil painting of a mahimahi (dolphinfish).

 I submitted an oil painting of a mahimahi (dolphinfish).

I submitted an oil painting of a mahimahi (dolphinfish).

 The opening reception was held on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

The opening reception was held on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Life Drawing Workshop - 5/6/18

At today’s life drawing workshop I came to the realization that I need to wear my eyeglasses when drawing. I didn’t want it to have to come to that but I found myself straining to see the marks I was making on the paper. I guess I have to accept the fact that I’m getting old and my eyesight is not like what it used to be.

But other than that it was a good drawing session. The model had many interesting muscle definition and character that could make a drawing interesting.

Below is my drawing of the day. It was a 20 minute pose but I found the next pose uninteresting so I skipped that and continued working on this drawing for another 20 minutes.

I used graphite pencils (mechanical and wooden) including white highlights on tone paper.

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Life Drawing Workshop - 5/7/17

Today's model is one of my favorites to draw. He's not muscular but he's large boned with angular, well defined surface areas. You don't have that smooth roundness that you see in a lot of female models so he has more interesting surface areas to work with.

Below are two, twenty minute drawings in the aux deux crayons (two chalks) style.

Life Drawing Workshop - 3/19/17

Not a cloud in the sky today. After a few weeks of rainy weather and vog we get the perfect sunny weather this weekend. It was also a nice day to do some life drawing from a live model.

Below is a 10 minute charcoal drawing.

Below are two 20 minute aux deux crayons drawings.

Life Drawing Workshop - 10/9/16

Nice sunny day today in Hawaii. Took the long drive to the Sunday life drawing workshop and I'm glad it was a day that I could make it there. We had a beautiful model and she provided some opportunities for me to draw her portrait.

I think I kind of had it going with the three color chalk drawing. Some days I just can't seem to put those three colors (black, white, and red) together but I think I did ok today.

Below are three 20 minute drawings from the Sunday life drawing workshop.

Life Drawing Workshop - 3/13/16

Very good model today. Did a couple portrait drawings and I thought the profile drawing came out the best.

Below is a 20 minute three-color chalk drawing on tone paper and the warmup ink wash.

 20 minute 3-color chalk drawing.

20 minute 3-color chalk drawing.

Life Drawing Workshop - 2/28/16

Great model today. Workshop was very crowded, maybe with the addition of some college art students. Overall, it was a good day for drawing.

Below are samples of some of my 2-minute warm-up ink and wash sketch.

Life Drawing Workshop - November 15, 2015

I brought two new friends and fellow artists to our Sunday drawing workshop. Although, they've heard about it they've never attended it till today. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and it seemed like a good day all around.

Below are 20 minute drawings done in black and white charcoal on toned paper.

Life Drawing Workshop - October 25, 2015

I thought I had a pretty good day of drawing. We had a male model who had a kind of distinctive face so it made it easier and interesting to draw. A lot of people showed up so it seems people are returning.

Below are black and white charcoal drawings done on toned paper. The pose time was 20 minutes each

Life Drawing Workshop - August 30, 2015

After missing the last two Sundays of the life drawing workshop I finally had a free day. But I've also been trying to make a point of doing archery at least once a month and I haven't done it yet. So I had to decide between archery or drawing.

Drawing won and I decided to do archery the next weekend. Hopefully, we're clear next weekend of any hurricanes that might impact us folks in Hawaii.

We've had a very busy hurricane season this year. Much more so than I can ever remember. We've had about 2 or 3 scares already. One had just passed our state several days ago and another two are heading our way. The first one is scheduled to arrive around the middle of the week. For now it looks like it might pass to the north of us.

Back to life drawing. Below are 20-minute drawings done in black and white charcoal on tone paper.