Up and out by 8:15 this morning to get to the Museum of Flight by 9am for a members only Artist Meet and Greet with Jim Dietz. His show, “Wood and Canvas: WW I Aviation Art” is at the Museum until 1 January 2018. There is also a book available in the Museum store.
He did a talk about his career as an artist and some specifics about some of the paintings. The originals are large, one as large as 30 inches by 60 inches. He uses his own reference photos as well as models, most of them amateur. He paints in oil.
I found the shading technique in these preliminary sketches interesting.
During the Q&A, I asked whether he ever did location sketching. He said he sometimes does when traveling. He found watercolor difficult and seemed to consider his results mediocre.
Of course, I did a sketch as I listened to his talk. This is in the tiny 3×5 sketchbook. I drew while we were waiting and then quickly added him in once he started.
Next it was down to Foss Waterway in Tacoma again. Ken Fulton was there for the “soft opening” of the show he shares with Darsie Beck.
Ken in front of his wall of paintings, with his daughter and wife.
Several sketchers from Urban Sketchers Tacoma were there and some sketched. I did not. I left relatively soon as I’d been informed by Himself that it had started to snow on our hill.