Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paul Klee: Quote

"A line is a dot that went for a walk."

                             - Paul Klee

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Figure Drawing: 9 Tips on Life Drawing

Figure sewn on canvas                    Artwork and Photo:  Margaret Braun        $235

  1. With each model, I find myself asking, "What really characterizes the person?"
  2. Even though you may be a little anxious about your drawing, remember to breathe.
  3. Because I love hands, I will always include them.  They say so much about a person.  So do the eyes.
  4. If you are having trouble with something, focus on that.  For example, I had trouble drawing feet so I drew them over and over again -- for months.  Keep at it!
  5. Don't forget to breathe!
  6. Look at the drawing of the masters.  Ask other artists that you are drawing with for their advice.
  7. Are you breathing?
  8. If you aren't getting the results you want try something new.  Draw with other mediums.  I encourage my fellow artists to draw with their left hand.  
  9. Don't take yourself or your work too seriously!  Have fun!

    Remember:  If you are in Edmonton, join us at Harcourt House Art Centre on Wednesday, 28 September 2011.  I will be facilitating the drawing session.  Would love to meet you!

    Would you like to add your "Top Tips" to the list?

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Figure Drawing: Give it a Try!

    Figure sewn on canvas     Artwork and Photo:  Margaret Braun      SOLD
    There is a long tradition of drawing the human form; figure drawing is, infact, the traditional cornerstone of formal art training.  If you really want to improve all aspects of your drawing, you should give life drawing a try!

    Wednesday, 28 September 2011, I will be monitoring a life-drawing session at the Harcourt House Art Education Centre, 10215 - 112 Street, from 7:00 -10:00 p.m.  Please feel free to join us.

    If you live in another city, give life drawing a try.  It is a challenge!

    If you are a first-timer, please let me know how you did.

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    What I did on my Summer Vacation

    Collaborative Mark Making                       Photo:  Margaret Braun

    I have been enjoying this summer!  Even though I live in Edmonton I believe it’s NOT OVER YET!!  September is a beautiful month with temperatures ranging from 20C - 28C (72F - 88F).

    Teaching 5 - 11 year-olds the art of bookmaking at Harcourt House Kids Art Camp
    Photo:  Margaret Braun

    My life was filled with many, many family and friends, birthdays, weddings, new family members, meeting new people, a cornucopia of festivals, hiking, cycling, playing, jogging, corporate challenge events, a global urban sketchers drawing gathering, designing new hand-made books, bookbinding,

    Native Dancer                              Photo:  Margaret Braun

    exploring the comical world of the BBC, drawing, painting, exploring the pond in a paddle boat, canoeing, visiting galleries, "stars and science centre" as my grandson has come to call it, museums, discovering new milkshakes, exploring the river, soccer, baseball, marvelling at the sunrises and sunsets, studio openings, figure drawing, barbeques, live concerts, dancing, blowing bubbles, flying kites, watching tight-rope walkers, uncovering organic materials for mark making, watching the deer,
    Hula Hoops             Photo:  Margaret Braun
    celebrating the arrival of new birds, observing ducks and geese, undertaking research, picking saskatoon berries in the woods, dining on vegetables in the garden, collecting wildflowers, drumming with my friends, singing backup, dyeing natural fabrics with organic materials, getting lost and found in a corn maze, teasing and frolicking throughout the maze, having fun on the playground with children and adults, jumping on the jumpy thing, attending carnivals, pow wows, picnics, stargazing,  making collages with only the colour blue, laying on the grass and watching the clouds, long runs in the warm summer rain, bowling, appeared on television, run/walk for charities, learning about Feng Shui, meeting new neighbours, visiting a new lake, teaching bookmaking at a kid's art camp, running through fields of glistening red and blue dragon flies,  hula-hooping,  cookouts, drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, crayon art, painting with feathers, jumping in the fountain pool in front of city hall, water fights, playing with transformers, camping in a tent in my living room, making smores in the microwave and watching the marshmallows grow, hide-and-go-seek, climbing trees, playing tag, puddle jumping, spinning until we were dizzy, skipping stones, gathering feathers ….

    Saturday, September 24, 2011