Well, it seems like just yesterday that I was writing my first blog, telling you about my journey down here to Florida. As I sit here on a warm morning, I’m reminded of just how lucky I am. While my stay here was not a “vacation” for sure, I’m still glad to be here.
My latest book is complete! I sent it all off to my publisher the other day, and now I can relax a bit. That was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever written. It’s about how to draw different types of clothing and fabric, as well as the human form. The illustrations were very detailed and the material was all new. Even though it was intense and time consuming, I feel fortunate that I was able to work on it here in the warmth, and not back home in Kansas where it has been a winter for the record books. My goal is to not have to deal with snow and ice again. (Well, maybe a little around the holidays for effect.)
My classes here in Florida were a blast. I find it so interesting that no matter where I go, I find like-minded people to gather up to draw and paint with! Within moments, we all seem like family! It’s always hard to say goodbye.
But now, I’m looking forward to reuniting with my Kansas “art family.” Some of these folks have taken classes from me for more than 20 years, so it truly is “going home!” I’ll switch my roles when I get there. Here in Florida, I’m an author who teaches some art classes. I spend most of my free time writing. When I’m in Kansas, I become an art teacher, who writes books. Most of my time is spent teaching and doing art. Like my art, I’m constantly recreating myself.
For those of you who are interested in attending a workshop with me, I’m teaching several this year in Kansas. All of these are five-day seminars, and are open to everyone (click here for more details; please note that my regular weekly classes are full). Class sizes are limited, so if you’re interested in any of the following, please email me at [email protected]. They’ll be here before you know it! Register now, and get some good airfares for booking early.
Summer 2014 Kansas Art Workshops
- May 26-30 Drawing Portraits
Learn the basics for drawing the facial features in a realistic approach. Start with graphite, and then branch out into colored pencil. You will be drawing realistic people in no time! *Note: This class is already full, but there may be cancellations. Contact me if interested.
- June 23-27 Animal Drawing
If you’ve ever wanted to draw your family pet or wildlife, this is the class for you! I will cover all of the techniques for drawing realistic eyes and fur of your favorite animal. This will be in graphite and colored pencil.
- July 28-Aug 1 Acrylic Painting
Learn all of the basics of acrylic painting. I will use easy-to-follow instructions to help you create breathtaking landscapes, beautiful flowers, awesome still life, and adorable animals.
- August 25-29 Colored Pencil
This class covers all of the colored pencil techniques I know. I will demonstrate a variety of subject matter such as portraits, flowers, scenery, and still life. If you want to learn to draw realistically in color, here is your chance!
- September 22-26 Oil Painting
Oil painting doesn’t have to be scary. Take this class if you’ve always wanted to learn oil, but weren’t sure how. This easy-to-follow class will give you everything you need to know.
If you can’t make it to an art workshop, take advantage of the next best thing. Click here to browse instructional books and DVDs, and get a free download by Lee Hammond on How to Draw Flowers or How to Paint with Acrylic.