Still Life in Pencil

January 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

IMG_3568 This is a still life completed in pencil and was one of the first pieces in a series based upon the subject of reflection.  Here, I inserted a small mirrored image of myself.

 

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Shift in Focus

September 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

This is the last of the series of black and white pencil drawings of my friend Hazel based upon the theme of reflection.  Here the focus and clarity shifts from the person to the reflection in the mirror.  One can see how sparse the small room was in the nursing home.  This stands in stark contrast to her environment at home where she had fine china, her grand piano, and a spacious and lovely setting. Yet she was gracious to the end, accepting what life handed her

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Reflection

September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Closeup of HazelThis is another drawing of Hazel; a dear friend.  This was part of a series based upon the theme of the mirrored image.  The focus shifted from the self to the mirror.  It brings new meaning to subject of reflection as we ponder ourselves and our place in this world.

Hazel’s View

September 2, 2015 § 4 Comments

My dear departed friend and teacher Hazel looking out of the nursing home window.  That little black dog from the home came and sat at her feet every day.  He knew what kind of person he wanted to be around just the way I did.

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Dynamic Composition

June 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

This pencil drawing illustrates the creation of balance on the page.  The fan like light leaves spread out over the dark foliage of leaves and stems.  The light value of the leaves connects with the space and shadows around the plant providing a strong pathway from objects nearest to us and those furthest away. The result is a dynamic composition filled with dramatic movement

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Gradated Pencil Drawing of Persephone

June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here’s another vantage point of the gradated pencil drawing of Persephone

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Pairing the Contour with the Finished Gradation

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

IMG_3576     In understanding the power of the contour to provide the framework for your finished work, it always helps to pair both.  In seeing the lights and darks of the line drawing to inform you of the light source, point of focus, the layout of the composition and reveal your personality alongside the gradation based on that contour, it helps to clarify things.  Here is the side view of Persephone in contour and gradation.

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