Thursday, September 15, 2011

the indoor garden statue

I'm not one to have paraphenalia sitting around in the yard, so I put this gift of a small garden statue in the house. S/he moves around from place to place, reading.

Pencil in a PaperBlanks journal.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

that green jungle

So many perspective problems here, but this captures the general layout of the terraced hillside.

Pencil and w/c on 90# paper.

Monday, September 12, 2011

practicing portraits

I found an old book called Character Studies in Oil by Joseph Dawley.

On a w/c postcard, I did a watercolor version of this unidentified man painted by Dawley.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

dots and smears

That stencil again, plus swipes from a stamp pad.

In the journal.

Friday, September 09, 2011

painting from photos

I'm starting an online class in which the instructor posts photos and we paint from them, as practice for travel sketching. Here's a cropped bit of my first assignment, a statue in a cemetary.

Pencil and w/c in on Arches 140# paper.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

draw what's around you

There are always feet nearby to draw.

Pen and w/c in the journal.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

the joy of acrylics

One of the things I love about acrylics is how they strengthen thin paper but it's still flexible.

This unimpressive bear feels like thin canvas fabric--done with a layer of gesso and then paint on the very thin journal paper.

Monday, September 05, 2011

red mist face

Drawing on an acrylic background, w/c to emphasize some areas afterward.

I did this after watching an episode of Eureka where evil red mist came out of vents and encircled the victims.

on 140# paper.

Saturday, September 03, 2011


Watching someone else pack.

Pencil, in the journal.

Friday, September 02, 2011

big dots

Daubing through a stencil.

In the journal.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Derwent's keep calm poster

A British blogger posted that Derwent brought this ad out during the recent riots in London. Love it! The original is bright red.

W/c in the journal.