we begin – with line

We don’t need shading or even perspective and we can understand the image. It’s all in the placement of the lines of the work; the pressure and direction of the line.
Rick Rotante


Adriana: I never thought of drawing a pine cone. 
Me: Did you enjoy it?
Adriana: Yeah, I did. 
Me: Do you like the end result?
Adriana: I’m really proud of it. I didn’t know I could do that.

In-class subject-matter: Pinecone
Focus: Inner and Outer contour – which basically means they are working with the design element of line. A fluid, simple line is arrived by careful observation and careful putting down what one sees.
Out of class: complex natural object of their choosing.


I Got The Pinecone Blues by Adriana


Bell Pepper and Onion by Adriana


Tilted by Alyssa


Jalapeno by Alexssa


Pinecone by Kyle


Curvy Cone by Katie


InnerCone by Jesus


Orange by Lela

Below: Drawing 2 students.
They have to stay connected to line. But they get to pick their subject-matter and drawing medium. I’m pleasantly surprised when they each choose to work with charcoal and pastel. All of them have studied with me before, basically they pick up where they left off.


Artichoke Flower by Alejandra


Gone With The Wind, by Manny

Is the drawing believable? Carefully observed? Do lines flow? Does your eye move through the composition?
We take a 15 minute break mid-class and usually the class goes out to the courtyard. This time I notice many return to the drawings and take a closer look at each others work. Already their understanding has expanded.

…. clearly we are off to a good start … 

mesa contemporary art, artist reception


The installation.

Lots of activity since I last posted in 2012.
Our exhibit Creature Man Nature opened January 11th. And a week from last Friday, on the 25th, we had our Artist Reception at Mesa Contemporary. It was one busy evening – with family, friends and many fine-art appreciators.

I slept all day on Saturday.


This framed image greeted our guests at the front entrance of the gallery.

I’m including a few photos from the event. If you want to see more visit our exhibition blog → Formal Exhibit and Informal Blog.

I’ll just say the last few weeks – have been full.


Our grand exhibition banner sits on the side of the building.


Detail of Mary’s work in the foreground with one of my drawings in the background.


Mary’s center sculpture strongly connects all of our work. It repeats the vertical trees in Carolyn’s work below, and it connects to the figures and the line work in mine above. carolynm


This is my wall in the gallery space.

Yesterday we spent the afternoon with press. I learned a few more things about Mary and Carolyn.

What’s next? We have plans to continue. For now we’ll enjoy the run of the show. You have until April to catch it.

happy birthday jackalope ranch

Happy Birthday Phoenix New Times Culture Blog!

Claire Lawton at Jackalope Ranch asked if I’d be interested in designing a Jackalope sticker. If you participate in any part of the Phoenix arts scene, you probably know what Jackalope Ranch is.

If you don’t know…you’re not a Phoenician, not participating in the local arts, or you live under a rock…

It’s our very own Phoenix New Times, CULTURE BLOG…
Whether it’s funky Grand Avenue or swank Scottsdale — intellectual pursuits or after-dark diversions — bargains on vintage or the place to see cutting-edge contemporary art — creative pursuits in the suburbs or great architecture downtown, we’ll have it for you here.    –Jackalope RanchPhxculture.com

Each month they ask a different artist to design a sticker. You can visit most any downtown art gallery or shop – and grab one…or two, for free. Today I want more than that…cause Jackalope celebrates a birthday, and the sticker design is my own.

….all in good fun…

The Jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers and sometimes a pheasant’s tail (and often hind legs). The word “jackalope” is a portmanteau of “jackrabbit” and “antalope”, an archaic spelling of “antelope”. It is also known as Lepus temperamentalus.

You know I’m sharing process right? Here are a few stages of the design.

I think image #1 would have sufficed, considering it’s a small 3″ in diameter, circular sticker… but I want more. And I am enjoying the play of designing.

Too much….

Clean up backdrop, ground the jackalope, rearrange the paintbrushes in her hands and she is ready for the printer….

And because I  like to finish things I start, I complete the collage on paper and title it … Jackalope in the View Finder. A one of a kind.

Lepus Temperamentalus (Jackalope) In a View Finder
Mixed Media Collage
18 1/4 x 14 1/4

…Have a good one Lepus temperamentalus!


Today’s must see exhibits.