Tuesday, July 31, 2012

oh, those bony ankles

Drawing the nearest model. Pencil on 140# Strathmore.

Monday, July 30, 2012

paper palette remnants

Sometimes what's left on the palette is the better work.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

painting the pizza package

There was a circle of cardboard in the package of pizza crusts that called me to paint. Didn't quite fit the scanner.

I filled the background in with Gimp. Now it looks like a planet floating in space.

Acrylic paint.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Toonoo Sharkey, Unuit sculptor

I loved his sculptures at the Beaux Art Museum in Quebec City. Pencil on 140# w/c paper.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

sculptures made of whale vertebrae

A drawing of an Inuit sculpture: a face on the front, and the separate face on the back, carved out of a whale vertebra. In the Museum of Beaux Arts in Quebec City. Pencil on 140# watercolor paper.

Monday, July 23, 2012

park path

Attempting a quick watercolor in the Battlefield Park, Quebec City. Pencil and w/c on 140# paper.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Drawn from a small painting of an 1800s farming couple, in the Museum of Beaux Arts, Quebec City. Pencil (smudgy after I handled the sketchbook for hours) on 140# paper.

Friday, July 20, 2012


A very small drawing of a very large, mounted, moose head. Kuretake fine pen on 140# drawing paper.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

this is why I keep drawing cats and left hands

I love this quote, it reflects my drawing practice:

The important thing is to produce. For instance, if someone asked me why I sketched 2000 owls, I would answer that it was to produce 10 lithos. But what really interests me is to have produced the 2000 owls.

Jean-Paul Riopelle

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

a mask for a samarai's horse

A drawing from a display case in the Quebec City Museum of Civilization. This is a mask for a samaurai's horse. Probably for ceremonial parades, not fighting, though the card didn't say. Pen on 140# drawing paper.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

wire faces

We visited the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City and there was an exhibit of hats through the ages. What fascinated me were the wire faces on the face shapes below the hats! The only credit I could find for the artist was Concetti Design and Charles St-Gelais. So I think he is the director or designer of these, though probably made by others. Some were made of only one wire, others had separate soldered wire pieces. These are only about 10% of all the wire faces in the exhibit.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

the metal one and the furry one

Chaucer was terrified of the metal cat--probably because of the 2 black, staring eyes. Took him a long time to get used to having it in the room.

Pen and w/c in a Bienfang sketchbook.

Preposting is not happening! They're all stacking up on today. And apparently can't be shifted. The future is NOW.

Friday, July 13, 2012

from a video

Catching a portrait from a closely focused 8-min. video. Pencil on a 5x7 index card.

Monday, July 09, 2012

drawing the artist drawing the model

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

another artist at life drawing

We sit in a circle around the model. About 8-12 of us. So I drew who was beside me on the floor on this day.

Friday, July 06, 2012

R's head

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

one of the artists at life drawing

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Monday, July 02, 2012

G's head

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper. About 30 min.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

M's back

My pencil drawings from life never scan well. I draw on 14x17 in paper (Strathmore), so not only are most of them not safe for work, but it's hard to fit the image on the printer. But I managed to capture a few, or sections, for posting.