Archive for the 'Life of an Artist' Category

My and Sandy’s Wedding Video, 1996

I finally got around to digitizing our wedding video from 1996. The old VHS tape probably isn’t going to last much longer. Time to get with the program. Progress, I suppose. I prefer Vimeo not just because it’s a more private archive for video, but with a Pro account you can store videos of any length and also maintain true HD quality.

Shakespeare Acrylic Portrait

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I’m painting a portrait of the Bard on watercolor paper stapled to a square maple board. Initially I drew an outline, using a proportional divider to guarantee the correct basic proportions, such as the distance between the eyes, the position of the hairline and the chin, the ruffles of the collar, etc. It’s an old engineer’s trick which I have no qualms utilizing.

I’m a total amateur so I haven’t a clue if I’m approaching a painting the “right” way. I’m just having fun figuring things out on my own. I don’t have a deft hand, but as I’ve indicated I rely on engineering tricks to get things right — my only strength as an “artist” — a term I’m still not comfortable with and do not use to define myself.

Yearbook

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It was quite a surprise to see that the graduating senior class voted me as one of their two favorite teachers. I never buy a copy of the yearbook, but it’s always great to have one’s picture in it.

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There was also a short write-up about me and my newfound artistic endeavor.