Moveable Paintbox Workshop! April 28 and 29, Washington Dc

Margaret and I have hatched a new workshop.  We’ll demonstrate and teach our method for painting and drawing on the spot.

Workshop schedule:
Saturday, April 28, 1-5PM, McLean, VA  and  Sunday, April 29 from  11AM-2PM National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Saturday’s portion of the workshop will be held at a private 17th-century farmhouse filled with interesting objects. On Sunday we will visit the National Gallery of Art and sketch from the collection.

 Information and registration here.


After Bonnard
The Jackson House
After Vuillard


Portrait landmarks

Providence RI: I am teaching an 11 week roving watercolor sketch course on Thursday afternoons starting February 1.  Click here for more information and registration.

Below are portrait landmark notes made in my oil painting class.

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Portrait proportions after Sargent’s Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.  These are the landmarks I think of when drawing a human head.  Please note the measurements only hold true when looking directly at the subject at eye level.


I tend to think about the portrait landmarks in this order

  • Vertical center line
  • Top of hair
  • Top of head
  • hair / brow line
  • Eye Brow level
  • Eye level (I measure at the tear duct)
  • Bottom of nose
  • Tops and bottoms of ears
  • Line where the lips meet
  • Bottom of  the chin

Sketching workshop at Bryant

Photos and demo sketches from a workshop at Bryant U for a Creativity and the Arts course taught by Joan Zaretti.  The students were fabulous! We went over guidelines for drawing from art. (Like the thumbnail sketching tutorial here.) We worked from university portraits but also tackled Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, as well as a Cezanne and a Monet from the RISD Museum collection.

I found the work of Suzanne Hodes in the Bryant art collection and had trouble pulling myself away.

Little sketchbook in the museum.

There’s a wonderful exhibit at the RISD Museum called Lines of Thought:Drawing from Michelangelo to Now.

One of my students is an art historian and she gave an inspiring lecture to accompany the show, some of these are from her talk.dp2630_1.jpegdp2630_2.jpeg

(My note “Michelangelo was there” refers to the fact that Sandy, our class art historian, told us that Michelangelo was present when the Laocoön was unearthed in Rome in 1506.


Le Corbusier, Lichtenstein, Prendergast

These sketches are from a class trip to the RISD Library’s department of Special Collections where we studies facsimile sketchbooks of various artists. They feel like actual sketchbooks and it’s thrilling to see the wide variety of kinds of images in them, from a barely there thought to something fully realized and everything in between, so many wonderful surprises-Jewel box.

After Le Courbusier
After Lichtenstein
After Prendergast