Sunday, July 20, 2014

Paint in the light your painting will be seen


Meadow III, detail acrylic on canas, 30 x 40" © 2014 Maud Guilfoyle

Always try to paint in the same light your painting will be viewed in. If that is not possible, keep checking your painting in natural sunlight and make adjustments.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Draw and paint artists after drawing the model

Artists at Work, watercolor, 8 x 8" © Maud Guilfoyle

     I drew these artists at the Art School at Old Church friday evening with a watercolor brush on stonehenge paper.
     If you are at a long pose session and have already moved around the room for different views of the model, draw the artists. As they draw the model they hold a  pose also. Putting several figures in the picture plane add an interesting flow to your composition.

Open monitored portrait session at the Art School at Old Church

Girl in Green Chair, watercolor, 8 x 8"






Friday, July 11, 2014

Paint first!

It is so easy to get side tracked with daily trivia and loose the light or freshness of your subject.
Missed painting these lovely radish snaps from Old Hook Farm taking care of such details. Never heard of them before but do have this photo and a sketch. Also they were delicious in our salad.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pear, Cup, Feather, still life

Pear, Cup, Feather, charcoal still life © Maud Guilfoyle

Artist at Work

Artist at Work #11, charcoal, Maud Guilfoyle
Sometimes I like to draw the artists as well as the model. This was at an open portrait session friday evening at the Art School at Old Church.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Teach children drawing as well as writing

Nicholas Drawing © Peregrine Higgins

“The art of drawing which is of more real importance to the human race than that of writing... should be taught to every child just as writing is,” 
quoted, John Ruskin.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Drawing with Friction or Glide

Dream of Spring © Maud Guilfoyle, ipad art
When I draw on an ipad my finger or stylus glides. When I draw on vellum with tooth and charcoal, there is friction and drag between the paper and the charcoal, which slows my line down a bit. This is the case whether I use vine charcoal or a Generals HB charcoal pencil sharpened to a very fine point. If I am feeling rusty or have not been drawing for a while, I can find my way back to it with charcoal on paper without having every hesitation show.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

new e book on drawing

Cover image for my new art e book on drawing. almost finished with proofing and editing.
I have been reading The Undressed Art by Peter Steinhart- what an inspiration!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

radio flyer sled drawing by Peregrine Higgins

Radio Flier by Peregrine Higgins , pen and ink
This snow brings memories of sledding down the hill at the end of our street with my son when he was four and chortling all the way down.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

attend an open figure drawing session


Went figure drawing for first time in a couple of years at the Art School at Old Church and had great fun. I warmed up with graphite and brush pens, then did some pencil with watercolor.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Essential oils lift grey winter day


Perfume Vessel, Maud Guilfoyle © Flowers and Gems
A few drops of rose geranium or neroli (orange blossom) give an incredible lift on a grey winter day.