Friday, December 30, 2011

Do you want to learn how to draw?

In addition to teaching private lessons...

I've got a few FREE workshops coming up on the fundamentals of drawing from life. They've all been good so far, and peeps have walked away with a lot of useful information. If you come, bring something to draw with and a piece of fruit. Each workshop is 2 hours. The are at the Daniel Smith Art Stores.

Sunday, January 8th at the SEATTLE store, 11am to 1pm.

Wednesday, January 18th at the BELLEVUE store, 11am to 1pm.

Saturday, February 25th at the BELLEVUE store, 11am to 1pm.

Also, for those of you who are serious, and can get to Maple Valley at 630pm on Thursday nights, I am about to start up the next run of my class on the fundamentals of drawing. It's going to be great. There are still two spots left in the class. Send me an email if you are going to register! We will start out simple, so you can get the concepts down, and then have live models for the remaining three classes.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Want to accomplish something?

If you want to accomplish something, you've got to have the power to do so. Do you understand power?

"Success goes thus invariably with a certain plus or positive power: an ounce of power must balance an ounce of weight. And, though a man cannot return into his mother's womb, and be born with new amounts of vivacity, yet there are two economies, which are the best succedanea which the case admits. The first is, the stopping off decisively our miscellaneous activity, and concentrating our force on one or a few points; as the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, instead of suffering it to spindle into a sheaf of twigs.

"Enlarge not thy destiny," said the oracle: "endeavor not to do more than is given thee in charge." The one prudence in life is concentration; the one evil is dissipation: and it makes no difference whether our dissipations are coarse or fine; property and its cares, friends, and a social habit, or politics, or music, or feasting. Everything is good which takes away one plaything and delusion more, and drives us home to add one stroke of faithful work. Friends, books, pictures, lower duties, talents, flatteries, hopes, -- all are distractions which cause oscillations in our giddy balloon, and make a good poise and a straight course impossible. You must elect your work; you shall take what your brain can, and drop all the rest. Only so, can that amount of vital force accumulate, which can make the step from knowing to doing. No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. 'Tis a step out of a chalk circle of imbecility into fruitfulness. Many an artist lacking this, lacks all: he sees the masculine Angelo or Cellini with despair. He, too, is up to Nature and the First Cause in his thought. But the spasm to collect and swing his whole being into one act, he has not. The poet Campbell said, that "a man accustomed to work was equal to any achievement he resolved on, and, that, for himself, necessity not inspiration was the prompter of his muse."