I always start a new quarter by explaining to my students how important it is that we develop a practice of simplification and analysis before beginning a drawing or painting. I have them do an exercise to find large simple shapes based on value within a reference image. This helps tremendously!
I began a new painting today. The images inspiring this painting have been floating in my head for a couple of weeks, since I made a trip out to Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula. Standing on the shore facing the Strait
Put on a disk of Miles Davis or Weather Report, sit on the floor with a large sketchbook & markers and start drawing!
Immerse yourself in the abstract sounds of jazz. Feel the ups, downs and circular motions of the music. Notice the traveling quality of the beat. What color is the trumpet sound? Is the bass cool or