Today we are going to Muse about things coming together. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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A Confluence of Happening
Years ago when I lived in Phoenix, my then-wife decided to become an architectural interior designer. She took a sabbatical from her teaching position and enrolled in the College of Architecture at Arizona State University.
One day she told me about a class she was going to take, a class on painting with watercolor. It was taught every other year and was not published in the catalog of classes. Only by word-of-mouth did she learn about it. The course was created with students of architecture in mind, with the goal of teaching them to be loose and fluid when illustrating their design concepts.
Though it was targeted toward students of architecture it was open to public. My then-wife thought it was something I would enjoy, something we could do together. It was a night class and she urged me to enroll with her. So, I did.
By this time I had a degree in fine art. I had worked toward my Master of Fine Art. I had taught high school art for three years. Although I was corporately employed at the time, painting was not new to me.
Hands down, this was the most valuable course I ever took. The instructor, Robert S. Oliver, was a wonderful teacher. His classes followed a pattern. First, he would demonstrate the technique. Then he would have us students try to duplicate it. This would take about an hour and a half. Then all the work was hung up for everyone to see and he conducted a group critique.
I can’t tell you how many art classes I took where the instructor walked around and made a few isolated comments, if that. But never a demonstration or real involvement. Oliver taught! He was great.
He was influenced by the California Regional Watercolor artists. If you want to see their work, there is a good web site Californiawatercolor.com.
There are several books on the movement. This one is excellent:
But to move on, several weeks ago I was trolling the web when I decided to look up Robert Oliver. I learned he died in 2010, aged 91. I guess I should not have been surprised. I just had not thought about it.
But . . . he had published some books along the way. I never knew that! So I ordered The Sketch in Color, now out of print, but still to be found.
If you have a mind to sketch, you might see if you can get this book.
True to the great teacher he was, Robert Oliver covers it all: lead pencils, colored pencils, markers, quill pens, ball point pens, calligraphy pens, transparent watercolor, opaque watercolor, brushes, colored ink, types of paper and types of strokes. It is a fun and instructive book.
So it got me fired up about doing some sketching again. I’ve sort of let it slide.
A Confluence of Happening
On a different subject, we just cleaned out our garage. Had a huge sale. Got rid of a lot of stuff. While I was being the great yard merchant I kept looking at two portable chairs we bought about ten years ago. We thought we would use them at out-door concerts and events. The truth is we have never used them. They were like new and I was getting rid of them. Hmmm!
After a while, I thought to myself, “That might work for sketching”. So, I kept them. One of my moments of genius.
So recently I’ve packed up my sketch stuff,
and my chair and had a go of it. The chair is great. Even has a beverage holder. I am the envy of all the local fishermen who line the intercostal waterway.
And I’m having fun with the sketches.
more to come
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Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company
Pixel.com is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork. If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1. Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2. Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3. Click on an image you like. It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4. Click on “HOME DECOR“. It will open up a menu of products.
5. Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.
My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains, t-shirts and more. It makes for some very personalized gifts. Below is the link to the site. When you click on an image in the site, a menu of products will appear. I hope you like it.
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