Every Face Tells a Story! Feeling gratefully blessed! I have loved drawing/painting portraits for as long as I can remember. Even with that said, I wasn't the best at it when I was younger! My desire to be able to draw realistically nudged me along to find others who could help me to that end. I fondly remember my Jr. High and Highschool art … [Read more...] about Grateful News!
"I have picked up Audrey's brochure at Hobby Lobby several times over the years, wanting to learn to draw realistic portraits. I graduated with a BFA in graphic design in 1987 from SMSU, was employed as an artist and got married to my sweetheart, Tim, all within a three month period. I worked for five years until I had my first son, and then came … [Read more...] about Meet Student Lynne Hall
Meet student Karla Daniel! She is approaching her one year anniversary of taking classes with me. One of the best perks of teaching is watching your students grow in their skills. I thought you would like to see her progress. This photo is her initial drawing prior to instruction. She learned how to use her right side of the brain to … [Read more...] about Student Focus Karla Daniel
Doing great art is only part of the equation! How you present it within a mat or frame will either make or break it! In the upcoming Mat & Frame Workshop, I will address these 5 finishing touches to enhance your art, creative matting options and more! Placement and size of your signature. Where and how you place your signature can … [Read more...] about 5 Finishing Touches to Enhance Your Art
Learning to draw the human face can be a bit of a challenge whether you are just getting started drawing or have been drawing for some time. Why is it so difficult? The very first recognizable drawing you did as a young child was actually a face. It looked more like Mr. Potato head than anything else. A large circle with dots for eyes and a … [Read more...] about Studying the Planes of the Face
Pastels are a wonderful color medium that allow you to get rich , bold colors down rather quickly. Lightly sanded paper allows the pastels to blend into this rich creamy color, perfect for skin tones. After my students have gone through basic drawing skills and learned about value and color theory, they can move into color mediums like … [Read more...] about Falling in Love with Pastels – Susan Loop
What a wonderful place to have our Art Reception and Exhibit! The staff was very helpful and the food was fabulous, as always! Live music was provided by Brian Hickman on cello and Kirsten Weiss on Violin. It added so much to our reception! You can view the art anytime at the B2 Cafe now until the end of June. Students range in age from 11 - … [Read more...] about B2 Cafe Spring Student Exhibit
As an art student, sometimes my greatest impediment to starting a drawing is waiting for some "magical" inspiration to strike-- a brilliant idea or just-right, in-the-zone feeling. A few weeks ago in art class we discussed this hesitation to launch into a new piece or finish one in progress. Audrey related her observation that her most successful … [Read more...] about Student’s Perspective: On Inspiration
Thirteen-year-old Abigail, known to her friends as Abby, is a student with an obvious enthusiasm for art. When she is drawing in class, it's often with a huge smile on her face. Abby wanted to draw her baby cousin as a gift for her aunt and uncle and decided that last Christmas would be the perfect time. The reference photo that she chose did … [Read more...] about Student Spotlight – Abby
Art is simply more than just playing. Creating any kind of art uses a different side of your brain and it challenges you to solve problems creatively. There is no set recipe, but you can use some tools of the trade to help. Let’s take using color for example. Colors evoke emotions by themselves regardless of subject matter. Learning to use the … [Read more...] about Color! Bloom and Grow as an Artist!