Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Importance of Drawing From Life


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"Sunday Morning on the Cliffs"

We are just coming down from September’s successful workshop at The Grand View Ranch, and are planning for the last workshop of the year that will take place on October 16th-20th. We still have one opening if you are interested in spending an inspirational weekend in Mt Shasta. This year, artists from all over the country have come to Shasta for a fun and insightful weekend of painting, and I am committed to creating an experience that will inspire you and change the way you paint forever. Please register on the www.thegrandview.com website if you wish to attend the workshop in October or call me at 415-606-9074.

As I go through my sketchbook from my travels in the National Parks when I filmed my PBS Television series, The Grand View, I came upon several sketches that I made in Glacier National Park. This big boy, un-startled by my presence, sat still for hours letting me draw him from many different angles. If you learn to draw and paint on location, you will experience many exciting opportunities to capture the wonders of nature in your sketchbook or on your canvas.

Sketching on location is one of the most important activities that one can do as an artist. The impulse to want to draw is as natural as the desire to talk. Learning to draw is a rewarding and important exercise that allows artists to be capable and free to express themselves when they want to paint what they see flawlessly. I recommend that every artist take a figure drawing class and practice drawing every day. Drawing is a skill that is learned, but drawing accurately requires practice and tenacity. The best way to learn to draw is to use all of your senses to observe, and then, record the impressions of life that catch your attention in the world around you in a sketchbook, and build your collection of “I’ve drawn that” images that is stored in your imagination for your use as you begin your painting on location.

If you are interested in experiencing a breakthrough weekend that will take your art to the next level, visit our new website at http://www.thegrandview.com/, and you can download my FREE BOOK where I share “Everything I know About Painting.”I hope that we can build a community of artists that can share information with each other.If you know of any artists that might appreciate being included, let them know about this blog.
I hope to offer more painting tips as this conversation continues. If you have questions that you would like me to answer, please don’t hesitate to email me anytime.
I welcome your feedback. Stefan_Baumann@yahoo.com

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