Friday, June 22, 2007

My Newest Adventure

My family knows that I am good at keeping secrets. If you tell me something and then say, "but don't tell anyone", I really won't tell anyone. I also like to try out new experiences quietly and only talk about it once I see how things are going. This drives my mom a little crazy. Maybe because my sister tells everything right away. When we were teenagers, my friend Trish used to to tell my mom things too. Sometimes things I hadn't told Mom and that I didn't really want her to know. Luckily in addition to being good at keeping secrets I'm also pretty good at forgiving my chatty friends for spilling them.

Recently, I filled my family in on my latest adventure. That means I can
now share it here. (I couldn't let Mom hear my latest secret by reading it on my blog, now could I?)
In May I signed up to be mentored by Michael Newberry. I met Michael when he taught an online class on Wet Canvas. After that class, some of my fellow classmates signed up for mentoring. They spoke so highly of Michael and are producing such wonderful work that I couldn't miss the opportunity of working with Michael too.

So far I am extremely pleased. Michael is a professional artist living in New York City. He is very knowledgeable, a super nice guy and easy to get along with. But don't be fooled, he knows how to make you work. The thumbnail I posted a couple of weeks ago was done for the mentorship. So were the two in this post. My next assignment is to develop a very similar thumbnail into a large charcoal drawing. I will also be working on some thumbnail sketches in watercolor.

So, if you don't see me posting much artwork, have no worries. Michael is cracking the whip and making sure I am working, I may just not be ready to share yet. You know, I like to see how it's going first. I wouldn't say I'm about we use the word patient instead.

thumbnails copyright 2007 Stacy L Rowan


Regula Scheifele said...

Stacy - you might not believe it, but as soon as your newst post showed up I thought "Michael Newberry"!
I loved your thumbnail from last post, and these two now are simply amazing. AND still very Stacy!
What a wonderful adventure you started (I'm almost a bit envious!). I know your work will get so much better because these two show the breakthrough you already experienced!

Billie Crain said...

Stacy, under Michael's excellent tutelage i know your art will hit new heights. i've seen what he has done for others. i can tell by your post he's already keeping you on task. i can't wait to see what you'll be producing. how exciting!

Jeanette said...

Excellent compositions and drawing Stacy. I know you'll flourish under Michael mentoring. Yes, it will be hard work, but worth it.

I'm envious. Still saving my pennies to do the same thing. I'll be watching with interest.

Anonymous said...

Very good thumbnails, and what an exciting thing to do! I think he's a wonderful artist. I can't wait to see what you produce!

Stacy said...

Thank you all for your support! Working with Michael is very exciting. And I'm with all you that I can't wait to see my first finished piece!

Jeanette, keep saving your pennies, because I think you would love working with him.

Mary said...

Stacy you are off to an excellent start, I thought this was the biginning of your charcoal it is so good. I think anyone that has the opportunity to have Michael as a mentor will find it tremendously rewarding.

Stacy said...

Thank you Mary, both for your nice comments and your support with the mentorship. My paper is toned and ready to go, but I had to take a short break for a freelance project. I hope to get back to my charcoal drawing today.

Anita said...

Stacy - Welcome to the mentorship programme! I really like this little sketch. Looking forward to seeing the charcoal!

Anonymous said...

A bit late to say Yahoo! here on your blog. I know we have chatted by IM, and I know that you have made an excellent choice in moving your art forward with Michael at your side. Still hopeful that we can meet for lunch/dinner in Sept.

Stacy said...

Thanks Anita! I'm sending Michael my first iteration of the charcoal tonight.

Robin, it's never too late. :) I am so happy with my choice to take this step. I can't wait to see where it leads me. I'm also looking forward to discussing art and everything else together in person soon!!

Robyn said...

In your later posts I couldn't work out who 'Michael' was - now the penny drops. I am green - I so enjoyed his workshop on WC and I agree you are already really shining under his guidance. How exciting!!!!