Sunday, July 17, 2016

How to draw a realistic eye in pencil - youtube video (click on the image to go to the video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py-i4yC1GA0
Eye
  7" x 6"
2016

Pencil on Paper
Drawing available for sale

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py-i4yC1GA0

This is a youtube demonstration on how to draw a realistic eye with a 4B pencil, a paper blending stub and a kneadable eraser.  The drawing is done on lightweight, acid-free drawing paper.
 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fruit, Rose and blue & white Plate - Oil painting on wood

 Fruit, Flowers and blue & white Plate
  8" x 11.5"
2016
Oil on Wood

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tulip

Tulip
NFS
  GraphitePencil on Paper
  4" x 6"
2016

Daffodil in Bowl with Water

 Daffodil in Bowl with Water
NFS
Oil on Wood
 6" x 6"
2016

Monday, September 28, 2015

Still-life with Pear, Plum and two Tangerines on Blue and White Saucer


Still-life with Pear, Plum and two Tangerines on Blue and White Saucer 
Oil on Wood
 6" x 5.5"
2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My student Robby Houghton, a young man with Autism / special needs, began work on his Civic Arts mural commission ...

My student, Robby Houghton, a young man with Autism / special needs, who had his mural design approved by the Pleasanton Arts Commission and City Council has begun work on his mural.  

Here are the first few pictures of his progress:





Robby worked hard prepping the utility box with 1 to 3 layers of gesso and applying the first layers of heavy-body acrylic paint.  He started creating the impressionist-style painting in the sky, and it is looking beautiful!  

Great work, Robby!


Robby Houghton is a member of Sunflower Hill, an organization founded by eleven families of children with developmental delays. Their goal is to create a sustainable, special needs community not only for their own children – but for other individuals and families seeking programming and residential options. Sunflower Hill has a Website and Facebook page that provides more information about the organization.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oranges on Blue and White Saucer - Oil Painting on Wood

Oranges on Blue and White Saucer (SOLD) 
Oil on Wood
 6" x 5.5"
2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom, MoMA, New York

Just finished this course:

Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom, MoMA, New York

Explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tangerines on Blue and White Saucer - Oil Painting on Wood

Three Tangerines on Blue and White Saucer (SOLD)
 Oil on Wood
6" x 5.5"
2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Three Tangerines in Blue and White Bowl - Oil painting on Wood

Three Tangerines in Blue and White Bowl (NFS) 
 Oil on Wood
6" x 7.5"
 2015

Figure with Fan - Oil on canvas

 Figure With Fan
Oil on Canvas
20" x 24"
2015

(detail)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Congratulations to Robby Houghton on having his mural design approved by the Pleasanton Civic Arts Commission!

Congratulations to my student, Robby Houghton, a young man with Autism / special needs, who had his mural design enthusiastically approved by the Pleasanton Arts Commission and City Council!  

Robby will paint the mural (which will be on a utility box at Bernal Ave and Case Ave in Pleasanton, CA).  The mural aims to be be completed by September 2015.

Robby has been my student for over a year.  We do a number of different drawing and painting projects together.  Robby is a talented artist, and enjoys his classes very much!  He has made many great artworks during the past year.

Robby is a member of Sunflower Hill, an organization founded by eleven families of children with developmental delays. Their goal is to create a sustainable, special needs community not only for their own children – but for other individuals and families seeking programming and residential options. Sunflower Hill has a Website and Facebook page that provides more information about the organization.

Below are some of the pictures Robby has made, and will use, on his Pleasanton Utility Box mural, as well as a picture of Robby in art class (picture taken by Alexandria Washburn).




Friday, June 26, 2015

Peeled Tangerine - Oil on Canvas paper on board

Peeled Tangerine (SOLD) 
 Oil on Canvas Paper on Board 
5" x 7"
 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tangerines in Blue and White Bowl with Vase - Oil Painting

Tangerines in Blue and White Bowl with Vase (SOLD) 
Oil on Wood
5.5" x 6"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Brittany Spaniel - Watercolor on paper

Brittany Spaniel (SOLD) 
Watercolor on archival paper
15" x 11"

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Two Plums on Antique Plate with Blue and Gold Cloth - Oil Painting

Two Plums on Antique Plate with Blue and Gold Cloth (SOLD)
 Oil on Canvas Board
   5.5" x 6" 
2015

Strawberries and Plum on Antique Plate with Blue-Patterned Cloth - Oil painting

Strawberries and Plum on Antique Plate with Blue-Patterned Cloth (SOLD) 
Oil on Canvas Board
   5.5" x 6" 
2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Painting figures / Painting still-lifes

Since my undergraduate years at university, I have mainly painted figurative paintings in oils.  My nudes and portraits often take hours of continuous concentration and months to complete, and need many days of distraction-free work. 

With the growth of my art and music instruction business, full days just for painting have become scarce. Five years ago, I started off with just two students, one art student and one piano student, leaving plenty of days free for painting, but now, with nearly 100 weekly students, my days have become very busy.  Painting large works has become a difficult task because of the loss of continuity when dividing painting time into small periods with lengthy breaks in between.  However, I still need to paint.  I always feel fitter and more well if I paint regularly. I definitely need the sensation of putting paint on canvas or board to make the day seem complete.

As an alternative to my figurative works, then, I started painting still-lifes.  For ages anything other than figurative work seemed dissatisfying.  I would start off with a still-life or a landscape and they would ultimately turn into a figure.  And if the format was a small one, that figure would become dissatisfying as I needed the figure to be life-size which, in turn, would become one of those problematic large works.

Recently, though, I have started again with trying still-lifes.  And my still-life work has taken a new turn.  Being small in format (6" x 6" to 8" x 10"), and fruit, flowers, bowls, saucers etc. being small in size, my still-lifes solve two problems: they can be painted life-size, and they can be completed in a few hours without a loss of creative continuity. 

In addition, painting the skin of the fruit, and especially the roses have become very similar to painting human skin.  I can use the paint in the same way and thus develop the same level of appreciation for the still-life subject as I do for my human subjects. 

I am also fascinated with volume, and with the challenges of creating volume in a meaningful and tactile way.  Not with just illustrating the light and the dark, but virtually sculpting the form of the subject with the illusion of painting.  Almost like the putting on of paint is handling and holding the objects. My still-lifes offer me this challenge.

Painting the little still-lifes is intellectually-satisfying, and fits in well with my busy teaching week.  I always keep my painting out in the busiest part of the house (rather than tucked away in a room likely to be forgotten about), so I can see it and think about it and paint it as it inspires me to.  I will post more about the tactile qualities of painting shortly.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blue Jug with Flowers and Pears - Oil on Canvas Board

Blue Jug with Flowers and Pears (SOLD)
 Oil on Canvas Board 
  8" x 10"
2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cherries, Roses and Blue Ceramic Jug - Oil on Canvas Board

Cherries, Roses and Blue Ceramic Jug (SOLD)
 Oil on Canvas Board
8" x 10" 
2015

Apple (with apple) - Colored pencil Drawing

Apple (SOLD)
 Colored Pencil on Paper 
  11" x 14"
2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Apple and Grapes with Lavender on Wedgwood Saucer - Oil Painting

Apple and Grapes with Lavender on Wedgwood Saucer (SOLD)
Oil on Wood

7 1/4" x 5 1/8"
2015

Grapes and Tangerines in Antique Saucer - oil painting

Grapes and Tangerines in Antique Saucer (SOLD)
Oil on Wood

7 1/4" x 5 1/8"
2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Peeled Tangerine - Oil on Wood

Peeled Tangerine (SOLD)
Oil on Wood

6" x 6"

2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apples, Grapes and Antique Plate

Apples, Grapes and Antique Plate (SOLD)
Oil on Wood

6" x 6"
2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Lemons and Coffee Spoon - oil painting

Lemons and Coffee Spoon (SOLD)
Oil on Wood

6" x 6"
2015

Grapes in Blue and White Dish - oil painting

Grapes in Blue and White Dish (SOLD)
Oil on Wood
5" x 3.5"
2015

Pink Rose - oil painting

Pink Rose (SOLD)
Oil on Wood
9.5" x 7.5"
2015

Cocoa Jar - oil painting

Cocoa Jar
Oil on Wood
7" x 5"
2015

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Friday, July 13, 2012

Stomach

Charcoal and Pastel on Paper
22"x 20"
2012

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Two Figures" drawing mentioned in ExpressCincinnati.com


Work to be published in the Manifest international painting annual 2 exhibition-in-print

My work in oils is to be included in the upcoming publication from the Manifest Gallery: International Painting Annual 2 exhibition-in-print.
http://www.manifestgallery.com/inpa/inpa2/index.html

My drawing work was also recently included in the upcoming publication: International Drawing Annual 6 exhibition-in-print.
http://www.manifestgallery.org/nda/inda6/

Manifests publications are well known and have recently won a prestigious award (http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1442).  They are available to purchase the Manifest Gallery's online bookstore: http://www.manifestgallery.org/manifestpress/index.html and on amazon.com.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Torso

Charcoal and pastel on paper, 30" x 22"

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This second donated print also sold well for American Brittany Rescue!

This second limited edition print from a watercolour painting of a Brittany Spaniel also sold well for the American Brittany Rescue organisation.

Print sold for funds for American Brittany Rescue Charity

I just found out that my Brittany Spaniel limited edition print which I donated to the American Brittany Rescue Charity sold well for them.  Very pleased!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Torso With Arms Raised

 Charcoal and Pastel on paper, 28" x 22", June 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Two Figures

Charcoal and white pastel on paper, 22" x 30"

Monday, February 28, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

INDA 6 at Manifest Gallery

Selected for inclusion in the the INDA 6 International Drawing Annual publication from the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Nice article from my alma Mater

Expression in the depiction of tactility

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

14th February 2011  By: Zamuxolo Matiwana


Rhodes University alumni around the world continually excel in their chosen fields. Thomasin Dewhurst is no exception; a respected artist who moved to the USA in 2000. She has been invited to exhibit her work in a solo exhibition entitled The Emergent Body: Paintings and Drawings at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The exhibition ran in January and tied in with the Manifest Gallery's exploration of the human figure, including the nude in contemporary art.   See complete article here ...