Monday, April 30, 2012

Piper self portrait

Another drawing from the 500 Self Portraits book. Her name is Piper. Pencil in the journal.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

color this time

The same pose, different angle, done with pen and w/c. In the journal.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Chirico self portrait

I have a book named "500 Self Portraits" and drew this artist, Chirico. I know nothing about him but he has a lot of attitude here.

Pencil on a DS w/c ground, painted on the smooth journal paper.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


A loose, not-quite-accurate drawing, but colorful. Fountain pen, soluble, and w/c in the journal.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

gray lizzie and bear

Drawing my faithful models, a gray-ink brushpen in the journal.

Monday, April 23, 2012

drawing from a paused video

I really like finding interesting faces while I'm watching a Netflix video, such a great source for drawing practice.

This is Paul Strand, from a documentary on his photography career.

2B pencil on an index card.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

new fish at Hampton

Back in March we had an amazingly warm day in the 70s. I went to Hampton Beach and took this shot of the beach-raking machine and one of the new ornamental fish along the walkway.

I'm loving this warm NH spring! 70s today, we're a full month or more ahead of our usual temperatures. We saved so much on winter heat, it's unprecedented.

And I'm practicing how to post on the new Blogger.

Friday, April 20, 2012

just a bit of shoe

Pen in the journal.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

grilling weather

When it's sunny and 70s, that is. Not in a chill wind.

Water-soluble pen in the journal.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

a different chair, for once

I scraped a stamp pad on the page, drew in pencil, then added color with w/c pencils. Some dampening applied.

In the journal.

Monday, April 16, 2012

My other regular model

Who doesn't stay still more than a minute without moving a limb, but I persevere.

Pencil in the journal.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

blue cat

Idle page filling. In the journal.

Daniel Smith w/c ground, w/c toning, pencil, w/c toning again.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

a spring feeling

Paint scrapings and stamping. Acrylic on 90# paper.

Friday, April 13, 2012

reshaping a face

I'm playing with drawing a face, but changing some particular element and seeing how different the face becomes--familiar but not right.

In this case, the friend has a longer, more narrow face, but when I came back to look at this drawing, I see it's exactly like someone at work. A subtle morphing.

Pencil in the journal.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2 chimps

From the photo on the April Science News. Idle occupation while watching TV, but fun to see how the hands and feet are at the bottom, which I'd never have noticed if I hadn't been drawing the photo.

Mechanical pencil in the journal, which has very smooth paper. I coated this page with Daniel Smith w/c ground--gives it a rough texture for pencil.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

trying an acrylic alla prima portrait

Just for my documentation, posting a new experiment in learning. This my first try at a Karen Jurick-style alla prima portrait with strong colors. Though in the Globe photo of Bobby Valentine, his face was almost this red--white hair though, not yellow.

14x14 (but the scanner determined this bit), done in one hour. I had fun doing it and am not going back to tweak details or give him actual teeth, just learning from the process.

Monday, April 09, 2012

interior scene

At a friend's cottage. And yes, it was cold enough in NH to run the woodstove all day. Sigh.

Charcoal on Strathmore drawing paper.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

knickknacks still life

Little things from around a friend's cottage.

Pen and pastell on Strathmore drawing paper.

Friday, April 06, 2012


A bird that holds really, really still.

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

odds and ends

Pasted in the journal. On the newspaper article about LBJ, I drew the picture published with it.

And posed the elephant and rabbit for a still life, watercolor on 90# paper.

Monday, April 02, 2012

bear profile

A version of the bear. Pencil on 90# paper.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

cat and window

A wonky imagined scene similar to the standard pose of the cat at the window.