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Drawing Again

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My good friend and artist Nancy got me out of the house and over to a drawing/sketch group up in the hills of Cave Creek (Beautiful, near a real creek) and once I started drawing life seemed to make sense (overly dramatic but what heck). I had forgotten how much I love drawing and especially working with a good model.



Written by Bob Martin

July 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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Re-visiting Older Works

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There is some value in looking at the past. There maybe something that you forgot about and would like to revisit, a theme or approach to resolving your work. One thing that becomes clear is that no matter what you felt about your work in the past, you see how your views about what you do has changed. It would make sense that this would be a good lesson to remember but I never do.

I’ve had this feeling since the beginning of the new year that I’ve been trying to prove something. Today I decided to take some time off and just look at my old drawings and let them speak to me. They were not as great as I thought they were, but there was a sensitivity in how I approached drawing that I would like to get to. So I am at this moment off to a friends house to study and draw two models. See if I can capture what I looking for.

Written by Bob Martin

February 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Sherrie McGraw at the Scottsdale Artists’ School

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The Creative Process Lecture Series Begins October 2, 2007

The Language of Art by Sherrie McGraw


The Scottsdale Artists’ School kicks off its 2007-2008 The Creative Process Lecture Series with a talk, The Language of Art, by artist Sherrie McGraw on Tuesday October 2. The lecture, which will begin at 7PM at the Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library, is free and open to the public.

McGraw, who is teaching a drawing workshop during Scottsdale Artists’ School’s 2nd Annual Drawing Week, October 1-6, 2007, studied at the Arts Students

League in New York City. Her mentor was David Leffel, who introduced her to the style and techniques of the Old Masters, particularly Rembrandt.

Her intricately crafted paintings today reflect these qualities, with strong light on a single object and dark backgrounds, evoking a sense of mystery in the simplest subjects.

2007-08 The Creative Process Lecture Series

All lectures begin at 7PM

October 2, 2007: Sherrie McGraw

The Language of Art

Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library

November 6: Joseph Paquet

Originality and the Creative Impulse

Location TBD

January 22: James Asher & Joe Anna Arnett

Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library

February 6: Leslie B. DeMille

Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library

March 4: Simon Kogan

Location TBD

April 8: Michel Sarda


Location TBD

Scottsdale Artists’ School is a nonprofit school of traditional fine art founded

in 1983. One of the world’s premier art institutions, the school holds more than 200 adult classes and workshops each year along with Youth Academy workshops in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Learn more at Scottsdale Artists’ School, now featuring on-line enrollment.

Supported by Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding also provided by Scottsdale League for the Arts.

Contact: Kathy Duley (480) 990-1422 (480) 277-0458

Written by Bob Martin

September 24, 2007 at 6:48 pm