Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Four Years Ago

Four years ago after practicing architecture for awhile I made a concerted effort to focus more of my free time on the fine arts, with the goal to incorporate it into my life in a more meaningful way.

With always having a creative streak that would surface in various ways in my life it was a fun and easy goal to work toward. I began by taking drawing classes at the Alexandria Art League, first studying with Lisa Semerad, drawing the human figure in charcoal and conte crayon. Then after a few years trying my hand with oil painting, taking classes in figure painting and still life with Ted Reed, Kurt Schwarz, and finally with Danni Dawson(I really admire her as an artist and instructor and I have written about her before).

It has been a wonderful experience incorporating the fine arts into my life, learning to express myself and record my surroundings through sketching, drawing, and painting. This blog has also become a wonderful outlet in building and expressing my love of all forms of art.

As I do not have a painting to share, I thought I would show a preparatory sketch I am working on for a larger scale painting.

Chairs in the Plaza, charcoal on sketch paper.


Ambera said...

I love this drawing. Sometimes the absence of people speaks more on their behalf than their actual presence! Can't wait to see the painting.

Anonymous said...

I love this drawing...beautiful composition.

E. Floyd said...

Thanks Ambera, I agree that sometimes just having artifacts that represent the presence of people can be very successful. I am looking forward to diving into this next project! I will post it when it is complete.

E. Floyd said...

Hi Veronica, Thanks for the support! I love hearing from others when I am working on a painting and trying to work out the ins and outs of a composition.

Candy Barr said...

There's a monumental feeling in this drawing ...extrodinary sense of space with the composition, subject of 2 lone chairs in an interesting space, and the fabulous contrasts of deep space.


E. Floyd said...

Thanks Candy, the sense and presence of man is what I am trying to convey while also limiting the focus to the built environment.