Thursday, March 10, 2016

My class notes from March 5, 2016.

Next drawing class at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center is Saturday March 12, 9-12am. fee: $35.
contact; or cellphone 978-652-8273

What to bring: recent drawing(s) paper, pencil, white rubber eraser.
What I will bring: paper, pencil, white rubber eraser, pencil sharpener. Bucky's skull and alternative drawing media for exploration, including a length of crumpled white paper.
No prior drawing experience required.
local folk, kindly consider sharing this link. I am teaching because I have been asked to teach.




The space fee is $25/hour. I would like to have the space covered with a minimum of 2 students. any additional will go towards my $30 application fee for the Goetemann Residency on Rocky Neck this summer. thank you for helping with these initiatives by giving yourself the gift of drawing or 'how to see and think like an artist'.

Best, Deb

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Time is getting away from me. This is March and I forgot about this as I've been learning important things from my 22 month old grand daughter as she shakes her finger at me to say: "No pooping in the tubbie!" and in my case time to fish or cut bait.

So, Here it is, drawing classes beginning this Saturday at The Cultural Center on Rocky Neck in Gloucester. If I get commitments by Friday am, we're on. If not...later in the year or by private instruction. Onward, with a wet brush or sharp pencil, deb.

Drawing workshop with Debbie Clarke 9-11AM Saturdays beginning March 5th.
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Studio Gallery.
Learn how to see as an artist through the basics of observational drawing.
Space is limited, pre-registration encouraged.
$35 per class, pre-paid contact Debbie Clarke via phone 978-652-8273 or email at for material list and additional information.

Rocky Neck Art Colony Cultural Center

Friday, October 23, 2015

See these NOW through Nov 15

Showing in gorgeous Lanesville MA. Take a trip along the shore
 to the light filled Flatrocks Gallery.

best always, onward, deb.

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you can see my public posts there.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Head Keeps Moving

mid week, last week, I started an observational self 
portrait. below are the 3 stages over a few days.
aluminum leaf and drawing media on canvas
12x14" copyright clarke 2015
gloucester ma

above blocking in the big shapes. the head caught 
between two gestures. I kept changing my mind.

midway, open mouth? closed mouth? where's
the center? lift the head, place it upon a column.

final. changed dynamic to finish, registering
the shock of losing Suzy. ambient light.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chrome Orange

ChromeOrange is a standing self portrait, started last spring.
Above is the current state. Following are a few of the previous
states. Something kept bugging me. I finally have the figure
firmly planted on the floor and a fair resolution to the lower right.
The black chalk lines will change. It's not finished. I'll set it aside for
now. Paintings happen slowly and since I figure everything out on
the canvas, change is constant until it is signed.

This state could have worked; but the white chalk
bugged me, as well as the fight for space of the reds.

almost; except the painting kept dividing into two,
with a floor plane that wouldn't hold it's space. i loved
this state for about 2 hours.

Slip sliding away and feet of cement.This is where I put 
the brush down last spring. The color bugged me.

This block headed monk is where it all started.
Any one of the various states would have been 
fine. I'm not a millionaire, can you tell?

and onward.