Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Drawing Helps Friend with Cancer

I was so touched when Marie Dixon, one of my students from my 2013 Drawing as MeditationSharpening the Eye to See class at Ghost Ranch, shared this story with me:
As I followed along each day during the “ Drawing as Meditation,” I conscientiously took notes and posted samples of my work in my journal. I wanted the notes and artwork to remind me of the special instruction and mood created by the daily exercises designed by Elizabeth Buckley. I had my favorites like the tearing paper landscapes, the movement and drawing day, and making my marks to show my mood. I thought to myself, I wanted to remember each day and someday share with others.

Coming back to Sacramento, I had a neighbor who was very sick with cancer and her daughter had asked her to draw her feelings. She was intimidated by the process so I brought the art supplies over and my journal from the class and took a few hours to explain to her that drawing and painting can be very meditative and she had nothing to fear. Each of the exercises could be easily done by someone who had never drawn or painted.

The drawing as meditation transported my friend from the weight of her illness, allowing her to get in touch with her feelings in a way that was freeing rather than frightening. My neighbor was successful and very grateful and has continued to use my journal. This was a very peaceful approach to art where everyone is successful in their own way. I was grateful to Elizabeth and wanted to share this story.       

Mixed Media Drawing by Marie Dixon  ©2013    

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Drawing Classes at Ghost Ranch

Drawing the Landscape:  A Meditative Journey  

August 24 – 30, 2015 at Ghost Ranch,  Abiquiu, NM

Special Ghost Ranch Promotion for this class: 
Early Bird Registration 15% discount if registered before July 1, 2015
Use On-Line Code:  G15A843–earlybird 

 “When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself.”      --Eckart Tolle

landscape by Marie Dixon
Drawing can be a contemplative practice in observation, a way of fine-tuning the eye to see.  Through the use of colored pencils, explore what fascinates you in your environment, be it a cottonwood tree, or the wind swept mesas.  Experiment with different approaches to landscape, how to describe its essence through quality of line, contrast of light and shadow, texture, color, and composition. Discover connections with your own interior landscape. This is a safe and supportive environment for those with no previous art experience.   There is no such thing as an awful line!  Those who think they cannot draw will discover they can.

Moon Landscape by Jan Boydstun

Drawing As Meditation:  Sharpening the Eye to See

July 6 – 12, 2015  at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, NM
Now Full!

 A human being is essentially a spiritual eye.  Whatever you really see, you are that.                           --Rumi

India Ink landscape by Sarah Webster
Drawing is a practice in observation and focus; a way of fine-tuning the eye to see.  Come learn the language of line, shadow, shape, form, and texture.  From the horizon line to a blade of grass, we will explore different approaches to drawing and how the pencil can articulate what we observe. This is a safe and supportive environment for those with no previous art experience.   There is no such thing as an awful line!  Come with a sense of wonder and play.  

Leaf Drawing by Emily Flores

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Master Classes on Value and Shading Techniques in Tapestry


Remnants of The Dream  detail 
©1996 Elizabeth J. Buckley
Thursdays February 5, 19; March 5, 19, 2015 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Elizabeth Buckley's studio Albuquerque, NM

In this Master Class we will focus more in-depth on the correlation between value and shading techniques.  We will work with designing and weaving the illusion of three-dimensional form and creating depth of space, whether it be a portrait, a landscape-based composition, or abstract layers and planes. 

During each class, we will work with design concepts on paper and at the loom, as well as focus on questions that come up and address any technical issues.  In between sessions will be your opportunity to continue weaving and playing with ideas.  What you will end up weaving will be either a series of studies, or you can choose to focus on further developing one tapestry design.