Thursday, September 12, 2013

Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain

Although the Palette and Chisel has not promoted it,
our coach house has indeed been the location this week
of a 5-day drawing workshop
hosted by Brian Bomeisler,
 the son of Betty Edwards,
the author of "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain"

The drawing on the book's cover (shown above)
would be enough to scare me away from these expensive classes
 but I do appreciate the P&C's laissez faire
attitude toward instruction
-- i.e. there is so much variation in human brains
and what they prefer,
 it's best just to let students decide
who they want to teach them.

 Though I might  have some other qualms about this instructor
 based on this newspaper account of his run-in
 with the Manhattan District Attorney:

Then there was fellow artist Brian Bomeisler, who authorities said claimed to make just $2,200 a month while he traveled the country to lead $1,400-per-person art seminars on how to draw with the right side of the brain.

Bomeisler, 57, and his wife own homes in SoHo and the lower East Side that are valued at more than $1 million apiece, authorities said. He still managed to score $37,553 in Medicaid benefits from 2002 to 2008.

"He's doing very well with the classes," said Marcy Chelmow, head of Morgenthau's public assistance fraud unit. "During the period he was on public assistance, he had deposits totaling over $1 million."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Diane Rath Celebration

I don't know who first came up with the idea,
but it was certainly a good one
to celebrate the 60 birthday
and the legacy of Diane Rath
by setting up a seasonal still life
and inviting artists to paint it.

Proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship
in her name.

(photos by Del Hall)

Meanwhile, Mary Qian  and Stuart Fullerton
did a portrait demo
in the gallery

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Plein Air 2013

Rita M. Walter

The variety in this year's show is breathtaking

Tim Leeming

Tim really feels passionate about these ruins

These new  paintings belong in a real gallery somewhere.

Nobody captures the cruelty of sunlight on urban ruins
better than Tim.

Terry Niccoli

This one feels like a throwback to about 1912 -
the golden age of the Palette and Chisel Club

Steve Slaske

A fascinating small watercolor with a curious sense of perspective

Barbara Kay Herring

This one is a flashback to the 30's

Bobbie Puttrich

Don Yang

I love this subject matter:

a traffic jam in a recreational area

Errol Jacobson

And I love Errol's feeling
for sites I don't really want to see.

Here's two very different takes
on the iconic monument

Stephanie Weidner

The buildings behind it are completely different

Jeffrey Baumgartner

Kathy Hirsh

Lee Radtke

Leslie Outten

Steve Puttrich

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Labor Day 2013

Photos by Del Hall


These photos are by Manny Givot


"Insomnia" by George C. Clark

(George sent me these images
of  drawings he did at the Marathon,
and I'll publish yours here as well
if you care to send them)

"Serpentine" by George C. Clark

"The Vision" by George C. Clark