Degas once said, “No art is less spontaneous than mine.”

                I recently went to the Degas exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and was struck by the wonderful combination of showing his sketches and sketchbooks with his oil paintings and pastel works.   It really gives the viewer the experience of discovering what goes into the making of a masterpiece.  Many of his large works have a loose use of brushstrokes and hints of his black “sketched” lines that he used to lay out his compositions with.  The effect it creates is one of art done with some spontaneity and life to it. …

Sketching hints for the summer traveler

Grab those pencils and sketchbooks for your next trip! “The vision must be sharper than the pencil” Bob Brandle Here are a few tips: “Seeing vs Observing”  Don’t forget to see the big picture as well as the details ! ” Proportions” How big is “this” compared to “that” ?  You can use your pencil to see sizes. Or get a clear piece of acetate and trace a grid on it with permanent marker. Keep it in your sketchbook.  Pencil in on your page light pencil grid lines like the acetate  Hold it up to see how things you are…

Sketching inspiration from art masters

  Grab those sketchbooks and pencils, even a simple sketch can be an inspiration for a bigger art work.  Bored with the common pencil then try the watersoluble graphite pencils.  You can even get them in beautiful earthy colors (Derwent Graphitint Pencils).  Enjoy the quotes below: “Draw lines, young man, many lines, from memory or from nature-it is in this way that you will become a good artist.” Jean-Auguste-Dominique Inges (1780-1867) advice to Degas “Sketch quickly with light strokes on your pad (which you should always have with you), and when it is full, start another, never rubbing out but…