20 December 2010

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon Coast, offers my Spirit of the Rough Sketch workshop June 27, 28, 2011.
Check out sitkacenter.org

If you want to be on my workshop mailing list, please email me at oconnell@uoregon.edu

14 December 2010

Cobalt blue in the sketchbook

Sketching from the amazing display of Chinese ceramics in the San Francisco airport. Cobalt blue glaze brush work was very popular in the Ming period.

30 November 2010

2011 Sketchbook Workshops in the near future.

A new book with sketches by O'Connell and 10 artists, Sketching With Copic®, on blurb.com click on "bookstore."

Travel Sketchbooks
Oasis for seniors (50 years and better) at Macy's in Eugene (second floor, beyond women's underwear).
$40.00 for 4 sessions of 2 hours each. Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 2011.

Sketchbooks and Food
Drop in Studio at UO Duck Shop in Eugene.
March 5, 2011 2-4 pm., free.

28 October 2010

Among my traditions in the sketchbook is sketching food, especially pastry, before eating. In Italy this summer I provided some pastry, but each person had to sketch before they ate.
As a demonstration I took a piece and sketched it with pencil, yellow brush pen, Sepia ink pen and purple marker. Limited tools are often useful in getting you to combine the colors in shadows on and off the subject. Treat pastry like a miniature landscape.
Note the top of the pastry looks whiter than the paper around it because of the contrast of the dark shadow.

27 September 2010

This was the title page for my Sketchbook/Journal number 60. I started it in the Frankfurt, Germany airport on my way to teach in Italy. The 4th Edition of the Drawing book by Enstice and Peters features this page in their sketchbook section. It is color here and will be in black and white in the printed book. This has images from Rome, Siena, Frankfurt, and a pastry shop.

19 September 2010

Sketching in Italy

Here is a photo taken by Roz Waugh in Stroncone, Italy last month. We have set our sketchbooks out after working in this hill town in Umbria. Barbara, Laurie, and Judi look on as I comment about one of the sketches.

13 September 2010

Sketchbooks in Italy workshop just concluded and the afterglow of the people, the food, the places are still fresh in my memory. This sketch was done on the edge of the Northern wall of Assisi. We paused to take in the landscape before beginning our journey to the churches of St. Francis of Assisi.

04 September 2010

I'm back from teaching Sketchbooks in Italy 2010. The title page for Sketchbook Number 71 was drawn in Venice, Italy.
I'll keep adding images from the current sketchbook each week on Saturdays. Italy was another wonderful experience.

01 August 2010

I'm off to teach in Italy this August. My next scheduled Sketchbook workshop is in November in Portland, Oregon through the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. It is full and has a waiting list. Please add your name to the waiting list.

Start a new sketchbook and keep working in the old one.

29 May 2010

Travel Sketchbooks
July 15, 16 in Portland
White Stag Building
University of Oregon

Clay Space - July 21,22
Eugene, Oregon

Spirit of the Rough Sketch
Sitka Center for the Arts
July 27,28, 2010

LaRomita, Italy
August 18- September 1
North of Rome

Sudden Sketchbook Workshop
June 5, Pam's Studio in Eugene,
1 pm- 4 pm

21 March 2010

Sketchbook Workshops by Ken O'Connell for 2010

Sketchbook Workshop at CLAY SPACE,
May 22,23 in Eugene, Oregon.
Call 541.653.8089 for registration details.

Drop in Studio at UO Bookstore May 15.
2-4 pm.
Special meeting with Director of LaRomita School of Art March 31 in Eugene and April 1 in Portland.

The Dalles Oregon April 10, 2010
Salem, Oregon, The Art Department Store May 1, 2010
Eugene, Oregon, The DUCK Store- Open Studio May 15, 2010
UO Center, White Stag, Portland July 15,16, 2010
Sitka Center July 27,28, 2010
La Romita, Italy August 18- September 1, 2010
Sitka Special Workshops in Portland, November 14, 2010