Passions of an Odd Chick

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Workshop with Virgil Stephens

I just had the perfect opportunity to take a drawing class with Virgil Stephens who is a well-known New Mexico artist who does fine drawings and oil paintings. His wife is his perfect companion and team-member and they both put on a efficient and enjoyable workshop in Ruidoso. He is looking for more students if you are interested.

We all did the same drawing (mine to the left)of this model's photograph who also happens to be his daughter. Virgil was extremely helpful in pushing us past our limitations and towards more perfection in our drawing. I had never had much practice with charcoal and now I feel much more confident.

I am the one on the far left.

It was fascinating to see everyone's creations and even new artist produce a portrait of which they were very proud.

It was a great reminder to me how very important drawing can be to great art.

Virgil does the best horses. This is a large oil painting and representation of his excellent drawing and painting skills.


Carol Anne Strange said...

What a fabulous workshop, Chick, and I love your portrait and photos from the day. It sounds like you had an excellent mentor. So wonderful to see your art constantly evolving. x

ooglebloops said...

What a great class!! It is so interesting to see everyone's interpretation of the same photo.Your rendition is great!!!! Love his horses!!!!

Poetic Artist said...

What a wonderful workshop. Your work is amazing..I am glad you are finding your way..Take care.

Steve Emery said...

Gorgeous stuff! And your drawing is amazing - looks like you picked up a lot.

The horse painting is wonderful - very skilled indeed, and a very sensitive touch. Not just a technician.

Karin Bartimole said...

Sounds like an inspiring time- your portrait is gorgeous! Getting back to basics with drawing really is a wonderful thing to do :)

DJ said...

So glad you enjoyed the workshop. Now, use what you learned and make your own unique mark on the world, kid!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

What a great exercise to have all the students draw from the same portrait. One of my favorite things about my art class is to see how the different students portray the model . . . but we all have different angles so it's like seeing a dozen different pictures.

Charcoal is great for sketching. I've not used it much before this year either.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

WOW! I love your blog and I'm SO impressed with your charcoal drawing! You did a fabulous job! I love the wide range of art you do!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to get to know you better over at Norah's :)
p.s. How are things in New Mexico? I've heard it's a great place to live for artsy people so that's always been a little dream of mine :)