The main purpose of this web site is to display and show case student art. The different types of art you will see
displayed are pencil drawings,oil paintings,
Bob Ross style oil landscapes,  chalk pastels, graphite portraits,
student lessons,  drawing lessons, and awards. I sell nothing here so just enjoy the site.

Another purpose of this web site is to show case how art can be used working with youth at risk as a
tool. Some of the student art work is from physically and mentally handicapped youth. It's quite amazing the
results I get using the wet on wet oil painting technique.

Bob Ross (you know that PBS happy little tree guy) really was quite a master oil landscape painter. He would
complete an oil painting in 30 minutes or less. Which is  quite amazing all in  itself. I have used this technique to
teach students as young as 3 years old. All most all the oil landscapes were completed by these students in
about 2 hours. All most all the student art was their very first oil landscape. I have fine tuned my approach in
teaching this technique over the years with great success.
I also wanted to say that drawing pencil or  graphite portraits for 99.9% of artist that do this know it is a learned
thing. To get really good at it you have to practice, listen, take lessons, etc... Just the brand of pencil and
especially the paper can make a portrait great or completely ruin it.  Even the brand of fixative spray can ruin it at
the very end. So do your research, take some lessons and have fun, For simply the best book on drawing go to
JD Hillberry's web site and buy his book like I did (I renamed it the "The Holy Grail of Drawing"). Below are some
links to great web sites for drawing and painting tutorials......................
Dave Bj
p.s.I include these miss spellings of the word portrait for all the people like me that can't spell well and typed the wrong
spelling while searching. portrat portrate portrates, portriat
My 3rd Graphite Portrait (after many hours of lessons)   1992
A very special Crow Warrior 2008
c  D,Bj

As I worked on this drawing something
was keeping me from drawing
an older crow warrior like in the photo.
I tried and tried but, he kept coming out younger and younger
I have done many graphite portraits with out this trouble.
In fact every portrait I have done I struggled with them looking older,
never younger. I ask myself “why is this
normal  task  seemingly impossible to do?”

It was early on in the project so I just figured  I would come
back to the face and fix it later. (never happened)

Well, as I moved on something odd would happen over
and over. As I would come to certain things to include or
leave out I felt moved on what to do.

When I rendered the ribbon on his left arm some
thing really strange happened. He guided me to put a jingle bell
on that ribbon . You see it had fallen off years earlier.
That is when I first became aware that this Crow Warrior
was right here with us. Maybe not in body but, his spirit
was ever present.  I was literally numb from head to toe.

That’s when it dawned on me why I could not make
his face older. You see, I was the  pencil being controlled
by this warrior's  hand.  I included this account for one
reason only. When you  feel his presence.

Have peace not  fear,
Have joy not  sorrow,
Have love not  hate,
Forgive today
There is no tomorrow
This is his message to us…………………..
Done on cold press Strathmore series 500 board. I fought this board like crazy !!
Way to rough and bumpy I think hot press would have been a better choice.
James and Ashley
Stan and Ashley
Recent Charcoal Portrait
Done on Arches 140 lb. HOT press water color paper(back side) Kimberly pencils
Thanks for the tip on the paper and pencils JD.    
 JD Hillberry
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"Very   interesting!   I  like  your   story  about  the  young  Native
American that you could not make old.  My own inner self feels at
times   a connection to that great race of people that some of our
Anglo forefathers murdered, raped and enslaved all because they
thought God had given the Anglos the superiority and the right to
prevail   and  dominate.  This  country  resides  on   the  ruins  of
universe.”   Surely,  that  alone, is reason enough to question the
validity  of  our   presence here. The hate toward the Mexicans is
preposterous!  That all sounds as though our ancestors never did
anything like “migrate” into a land that was not previously
inhabited by their own."

Thank you for letting me share your thoughts
My Son Brett and my first portrait
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