Tuesday, August 29, 2006

kurt the most

my latest kurt drawing is the closest to a likeness i have been able to achieve. may leave it at this.

12x9" graphite

Monday, August 28, 2006

kurt again

another frame ... getting a likeness requires sometimes subtle changes, and i am not there yet. it is challenging in a good way. feeling a little obsessed with drawing! graphite in the big sketchbook, 12x9"

Sunday, August 27, 2006

kurt drawing

i have been wanting to do a painting of my brother, kurt, who died of leukemia in 93. i have been gathering photos of him and here's a test drawing. 12x9", graphite
geez, he coulda been the 'brawny' guy!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

actress, from the toob

the toob can be utilized to practice people sketching. a little modigliani-esque, but she does look human. about 6x4", graphite

Friday, August 25, 2006

more sketching with e watson

practice. in the 9x12" sketchbook

Thursday, August 24, 2006

potted palm, 2

another attempt at those fronds, still not gettin it but i had fun trying!
graphite, 12x9" sketchbook

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

potted palm

a quick study, want to do this one again, as i did not achieve the pattern i had in mind. lost the lights, erasing just doesn't bring them back.
9x7" graphite

used ie today, it worked!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

another lesson with e watson

love the leaning telephone pole in the ref photo, these old buildings made a good subject. graphite, about 7x10"
firefox browser again, now a different weird problem. i posted and published using firefox, but today's post is not showing when i view blog in firefox, but it shows up in internet explorer.

Monday, August 21, 2006

eye sketch, firefox test

it was suggested that the firefox browser is working better with bloggers image uploading tool, so thought i'd try it. the bloggermeisters are working on the problem.
graphite, about 4x5". from weekly sketch thread at wetcanvas.com
firefox worked perfectly!

its a floor wax and a drawing subject

well, ya gotta let the floor finish dry between coats! drawing is a delightful way to take a break, and healthier than a donut.
9x7" graphite

imageshack.us image host.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

drawing lesson with ernest watson

no kudos for me here, simply a copy of a lesson in ernest watson's book, 'course in pencil sketching' a compilation of 4 of his books published between 1956 and1978. he is the 'watson' of 'watson-guptill publishing', or was, ernest died in 1969. i really admire his style, bold but not heavy handed.
about 5x9", strathmore sketchbook.

still having probs with bloggers image uploader, i decided to try imageshack.us for this photo and it appears to be working.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

crabapple flowers

my interpretation of a photo at wetcanvas, from the 'weekend drawing event' aug 18. oil on linen, about 8x6".

Friday, August 18, 2006

sunflower monoprint

blogger has been weird about uploading images, took a lot of tries to get these pix to show up.
a day for monoprint experiments.
top image, final print. stonehenge paper
second, transferred image on yupo, not working very well.
third is the attempt on linen, another miss.
bottom is the painted marker board.
should mention i had to repaint between tries.
at first i used a piece of glass to paint on, which i have used b4, but it broke when i pressed down. so switched to marker board, which works ok, but you can't see what's happening. need a piece of clear acrylic. each about 8x10", oil paint.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

late summer diptych

i spent several hours on an abstract yesterday, but ultimately wiped it off. today i stepped up to the canvases, mixed some paint colors and applied with brush and knife; the painting seemed to tell me what it wanted! it's satisfying to work this way, as a spontaneous co-creator. oil on two 20x10" stretched linen gallery wrap canvases.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

detail, negative drawing lesson

from an advanced drawing lesson class at WetCanvas! about 8x4", graphite on printer paper.

Monday, August 14, 2006

sketchbook page

a sketch for a possible painting. 12x9", graphite.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


drawing perspective is a difficult subject; i am studying and practicing and by jove i think i'm finally getting it!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

artist reception

going to an artist's reception today at my local library. a number of new paintings were hung last week in the community room by members of our local art assn. i contributed "Old Red, (retired)", made some new business cards, and intend to do a little pr and networking. should be interesting!

Friday, August 11, 2006


not sure whether this is a butterfly or moth on a hydrangea. striking markings tho, and a fun subject. not carried to a high degree of finish and i think this is where it will stay; i resist trying to create perfection.
9x12", graphite.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

palm and doorway

from the small sketchbook, a study from life. graphite, 9x7"

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

dad and baby

graphite, in the larger sketchbook, 9x12" from a photo at wetcanvas.com

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


i've got the drawing bug! graphite, 8.5x11" on card stock.

Monday, August 07, 2006

mountain stream, study of john singer sargent

here's my (semi) final, did a little touch up after i took this photo. i found that the yellow was important to the feeling of being there. oil on linen, 8.5x11"

Sunday, August 06, 2006

underpainting, mountain stream, jss copy

the first layer on my usual mid gray gesso coated linen. approx 8.5x11" looks messy but i think it will work.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

sketch for copy of jss

i'm copying 'mountain stream, tyrol' by john singer sargent, a master of masters whose brushwork is superb. thought i would first sketch to familiarize myself with the way he's laid things out.
graphite in the 7x9" sketchbook

Thursday, August 03, 2006

violets in graphite

graphite exploration, unfinished. i overblended, but its fun to do and i got carried away! about 9x7" on printer paper.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

g3 #2

a new painting of my canon g3, to compare to the one i did last year, posted on 7-31. oil on linen 6x8"