Friday, June 29, 2012

with just one brushload of color

Random experiment that worked! I filled a #8 round brush with watercolor and walked to another room with my journal to draw something. Found a familiar silhouette in the window, so formed what I saw. What worked best was the direction of my strokes to create the form of fur pattern down his back and along his haunches. An intention that often doesn't work out.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

finding a bird in smears and strokes

I rolled Daniel Smith watercolor ground onto a Paper Blanks page, then stroked on a mess of watercolor. After awhile this bird emerged, so I defined him more strongly and gave him some shrubbery.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ganesha and friends

In Great Barrington, Mass, there is an amazing store full of Asian and Hindu-themed statues and art. I took pictures and drew the little brass Ganesha I bought. The huge Buddha head was too big to bring home. (not pictured)

Monday, June 25, 2012

focusing on arms

Catching the pose before the inevitable shift. Charcoal pencil in the Paper Blanks journal.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

penciled bench

Drawn with a 10 mm block 4B graphite stick, finished with a pointed pencil. In a Paper Blanks lined journal.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pixar's Brave (movie)

Saw it tonight--was soooo good! I had no idea it would be so hilarious--lots of laugh-out-loud bits, plus a good story. Not what I expected, either.

And gorgeous visuals that are a testament to state of the art animation.

Worth seeing! Brave

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hannemuhle postcard

I don't like the heavy texture on these Hannemuhle postcards. Conte and w/c.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012


From a paused video online, a BBC clip. Graphite on 90# paper.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

bear with blocks

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Friday, June 15, 2012

abstract painting 4

Still smearing, flowing and dabbling.

Acrylic and w/c on 140# paper.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

waiting for firewood

What I drew while waiting for next winter's firewood to arrive. Pencil, colored in with w/c and colored pencil.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

abstract painting 3

Green smoke against the big fire.

W/c on 140# paper.

Monday, June 11, 2012

abstract painting 2

Complementary colors without combining. W/c on 140# paper.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

abstract painting 1

A triad of colors. W/c with carbon pencil scratches on 140# paper.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

splitting our own trees for firewood

We hired 2 guys to split the 2 oaks and 1 hickory that have been felled by winter storms. Their huge splitter cut through the trunks like butter. They split the trees into more than a cord and it only took them an hour and a half. Now we have a lot to stack. And waiting for more wood to be delivered. Winter is coming (says the Game of Thrones).

Thursday, June 07, 2012

fiddling with shapes

Pastels in the Handbook artist journal

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

this seems very familiar

Extra-soft charcoal pencil in the Handbook artist journal.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

shoe, sock, leg

Idly drawing what's in front of me.

Pencil and w/c in the Handbook artist journal.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

bear's scary cousin

A distant member of Bear's family has shown up. Don't know much about him yet. He's very squishy.

Pencil and w/c on Strathmore drawing paper.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

fabric fruit is so cozy

Pencil and w/c in the Handbook artist journal.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Serge Gainsbourg

A French singer, songwriter, and much, much more. Drawn from the paused video on his life, had to catch that nose!

Pencil on 90# Strathmore.