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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Life Drawing 2015

Finally back to my first and greatest love, life drawing. Have been painting horses using a monoprint method, which I'll share later, but for now just want to upload a photo of the 2 drawings done at the Triton Museum sessions. Love that space. Large enough to accommodate my long 2' x 5' butcher paper. I clip it to a cardboard box that's the same size and 2" thick. Paper fits inside, then I close the doors, latching with string. While drawing, the doors are folded backwards with string holding them together, thus the cardboard doesn't bend. All is leaned against a ladder. Try loading all THAT in your car! Carry a bucket with 2 wide cheap painter's brushes, paper towels, a food take-out container with pools of acrylic color, a paper bag for trash and a drop cloth for drips.

Friday, June 6, 2014


At long last a new post : )
Here is a 3' x 24' wild horse stampede painting I did on butcher paper. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Life Drawing Palo Alto Art Center 12/6/12

Palo Alto Art Center

For the first time in maybe 15 years, I'm without a figure drawing group to facilitate.
First the Stone Griffin Art Gallery in Campbell closed it's doors.
Then the Cloud Castle group was a temporary thing
until Gabriel Coke could get situated in his new studio space in Saratoga at The Yellow Barn.
Decided to try out the Palo Alto Art Center day time sessions.
Discovered these daytime ones are 3 hours of the same pose! 
Not my cup of tea.
I like quick, gestural poses using a haphazard way of dashing the drawings off.
To me, that adds life and emanates the vibrancy of a living force.
One gets caught up in it.
I stuck it out and so here is my overworked result after 2 hours. Couldn't make myself stay that last hour.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

LIfe Drawing Cloud Castle 11/15/12


owner Gabriel Coke
facilitator Elizabeth Parashis 

This is the last of the ten week sessions.
New sessions start right away I think. 
Check with the Los Gatos Saratoga Community Education & Recreation.
Gabriel will have drop-in sessions such as these
and also instructional sessions for all levels and ages.
He teaches in the classical way for a thorough grounding.

Here are two of his "almost finished" artworks.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Life Drawing Cloud Castle 10/26/12

Cloud Castle Studio

owner: Gabriel Coke
facilitator: Elizabeth Parashis

I couldn't be here this week but Dalene took phone photo's.
Thank you Dalene! 

Gabraiel Coke


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Life Drawing Cloud Castle 10/19/12

Cloud Castle Studio

owner: Gabariel Coke
facilitator: Elizabeth Parashis

A great session with Ariel as our model
She has a long slim body with wonderful orange/red hair

by Elizabeth Parashis

by Elizabeth Parashis

by Elizabeth Parashis

by Elizabeth Parashis

by Elizabeth Parashis

by Elizabeth Parashis

by Elizabeth Parashis