5 photos from Rebirthing the Classics opening night at Art6

debriefing follows

debriefing follows

This shot shows the hall looking towards the front door on Broad St. with my work on both sides. The camera shots on the wall show the original masterpieces from the VMFA and Hollywood Cemetery that are the inspiration for each piece. Last Sat. was the day to take our entries to Art6. I loaded up my car in the morning and got there at noon. As I was unloading my work in the gallery Helene talked about putting my smaller pieces in the hall. That meant a bigger showing for me so I drove home and loaded my car again. I also brought 4 landscapes and some things I made up from my imagination. They don’t all fit the theme but it’s ok because they show continuity.


You’re Invited ! Art 6 Opening ! July 5th

Rebirth%20FlierWhen I saw the theme was “Rebirthing the Classics” I decided to enter my figure drawings. I have a lot of work from the 2 years I spent drawing the sad stone angels in Hollywood Cemetery. And I have a lot of figure drawings from sculptures at the VMFA. When I started to get the hang of figure drawing I used the figures in scenes from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  I’m all over town drawing and painting in plein air ! 😉

A lot of artists will be represented in the show so I’m looking forward to seeing their interpretations of classical subject matter too!

I’ll fill up the 2nd small gallery with my favorite drawings.

Thanks to Art 6 and Helene Ruiz for the great opportunity to show my progress on that path !

I miss Bob Ross


I miss Bob Ross

my conte pencil study / Bodhisatta / @ VMFA

12th century from China

The plaque says this sculpture is made of clay and straw. It came off a temple. I think it looks like the wise man is floating, or should I say levitating.

What do you think the scroll says ? It’s probably philosophy. Coincidentally , my daughter just told me some wise words ” Live slow. Die whenever ” 🙂

my study of Mill Reef by John Skeaping @ VMFA

graphite and conte pencils,and white pastel on brown paper

A Bay horse , 1968, by Never Bend out of Milan Mill by Princequillo

Horse of the Year in England 1971 / Winner of the English Derby, The Eclipse, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the Prix De L’arc De Triomphe

Bred and owned by Paul Mellon, Rokeby Farms Upperville VA. / Trained by Ian Balding at Kingsclere / Ridden by Geoff Lewis

my study of Christmas Goose by Tessa Pullam @ VMFA

1986 bronze sculpture

Christmas Goose was a grey gelding 1965. By Goose Creek out of Friendly Gesture. Bred and owned by Paul Mellon at Rokeby Farms in Upperville VA. Winner of Steeplechases in England  1970 – 1971 – 1972.     3 times champion of VA. 100 mile ride in 1977 – 1978 – 1979.   Ridden by Paul Mellon

Free art tip – Got a drawing you want to keep, but got some smudges on it that won’t erase ? Fill in the background a little unevenly. No one will even see the smudges, or care.  Plus, the subject will appear more 3d !  🙂

Percheron Mare Messaline by Herbert Haseltine

marble sculpture

The VMFA has tons of great horses, among lots of other animals. This is my favorite. I started a drawing, but it didn’t work out yet. So I worked on the stallion. See it below. I want to learn horse anatomy. Its easy to see the muscles on this sculpture.

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