Friday, October 31, 2008

summer fungi

We had so much rain this summer, there are more varieties of mushrooms sprouting in the woods than I've ever seen before. Here are just a few of the prettiest ones.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

dang! that tail always tells!

Just when she thought she was invisible.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

going big

I finally got around to doing a large piece, on a 12x16 canvas board.

This is a photo, colors are slightly more muted than in the actual piece.

Charcoal and w/c, spattering, sponging, and layering.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

memorable art

This is a painting by Edward Ruscha, at the Museum of Modern Art in NY. Better than a cartoon or the best punchline! It makes me laugh every time I see it.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Painting without pre-drawing, mostly imagined, based on a plant that's been outside all summer.

I actually did glazing here, for once. I went outside to rake leaves between painting dabs. I hate waiting for things to dry.

On Aquabee superdeluxe.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

digital fiddling

I only stumble around Gimp's tools, but this is playing with patterns on top of a very random doodle.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

idle doodling

Trying out the paper in a new journal volume. Unlined, Reflexion brand with a rough linen weave on the covers.

Soluble pen and w/c.

Friday, October 24, 2008

shaky, hanging in there

I drew this in the 30 minutes I was in the waiting room, during the 4 hour procedure to get a new crown.

It was for a bicuspid. They told me they'd never made such a small crown in office before, that 6 months ago they wouldn't have attempted it. LOTS of difficulty and tension, but it worked beautifully.

Modern dental technology is amazing and I have a great new tooth. But wow, it was a tough session.

Tech pen on journal paper.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

sniffing out the trail

The dog sculpture by Giacometti is in New York's Museum of Modern Art. It's the one thing I stood and quickly drew. There was such a huge crowd that day, no place to sit on the floor or I'd have gotten trampled.

And so few benches anywhere! Museum goers have to be on their feet, moving!

Tech pen on random paper.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

orange wonderfulness

Back from 3 nights in NYC. I planned to draw, but only did one tiny thing. Mostly we walked (miles!), ate, explored street fairs, and had fun watching people.

We saw an excellent play at Fordham University ($12 tickets!) and hit a couple museums just to get out of the chilly wind.

This is a closeup of the waterfall wall in one of the Trump buildings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

there's an island over there

Imaginary, but a lot of them look like that.

W/c on Raffine sketchpaper.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Boston Harbor

With imagined cloud colors. The view from the Institute of Contemporary Art.

W/c and tech pen on Raffine sketchpaper.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

doodling to Stargate Atlantis

There's wraithe in there, and running through the woods, and Ronan swinging his dreads around. See?

If you don't watch the show, never mind :-)

Tech pen on journal paper.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

the last one

I painted the last ocean scene from my imagination, but really, that doesn't take much!

Friday, October 17, 2008

bench people

These people really did each have two legs and feet, but only one showed while I was drawing them.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

more of the same

Sky, sea, and rocks are all they need to draw tourists.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

another tree

Not many leaves left on this tree. Time to put the lawn furniture away.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

look behind you

For once I found a way to draw the backs of people, while the seagull pondered his next move.

Monday, October 13, 2008

finding something to draw

We went into the old library in Ogunquit, built in 1896. I found this grandfather clock with interesting symbols on the front.

Down the sides of the door were tool shapes, stencilled in silver. The hourglass shape was on the center top of the door. (Click to enlarge.)

At the very top was the compass and square symbol, related to the Masons.

Tech pen on Aquabee Superdeluxe.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

green needles

A very spikey pine tree outside our door.

I liked the little sprouts of spikes that showed along the sides of the trunk.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

more water

High tide means less rock, more water.

Fibertip and w/c on Aquabee Superdeluxe, as all of these Maine pieces are.

Friday, October 10, 2008

catching the reader

It's a good chair when the model doesn't shift around a lot.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

water and stone

Sky vs sea color is a challenge.

Flat water and lumpy rocks, that's all.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

drawing in Maine

Sketching on the Marginal Way, a path along the rocky coast of Ogunquit. I put color in later.

Fiber tip and w/c on Aquabee Superdeluxe.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

when is the food coming?

Fen looks like a restaurant patron waiting for the server to show up.

Pen on journal paper.

Monday, October 06, 2008


I love doing w/c streaks and stripes. And then I look for what might be in there.

On Aquabee Superdeluxe

Sunday, October 05, 2008

clothes only

I ran out of paper for the head! But his clothes look ok.

Tech pen and w/c on Cachet sketchpaper.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

mustache man

Portraits are hard enough, facial hair just adds more to get wrong.

Drawn directly with paint, from a magazine picture.

Friday, October 03, 2008

quick, just to draw

Pencil on journal paper.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

a lot of news

When you don't want to buy the newspaper, the library always has one for you. This man comes to read it every day.

W/c pencil and w/c on Moleskine w/c paper.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Another wonderful day in the neighborhood!

I hope.