Finished Stage of The Pileated Woodpecker

June 8, 2014 § 4 Comments

IMG_4406I haven’t posted for awhile, but finally am finishing the drawing of a Pileated Woodpecker feasting on bugs from a dead tree stump.  The last stage involved watercolor washes to support the line drawing or the contour.  This stage shows gradations of colored pencil to provide a more subtle clarity to the picture and some pen & ink to allow for more drama.  It is a riot of color now as the orange leaves swirl about the bird.  I am working with this type of mixed media to spur me towards a more free approach.  I still have a ways to go!!  Any advise or input would be welcomed!IMG_4406

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Persephone in Spring

January 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Here is a colored pencil of a sculpture of Persephone, the goddess of seasons.  This drawing is part of a larger series based on the subject of sculpture in architecture. I personally would like to see the season of spring return as winter is becoming brutal.  Times like these when one can be thankful for warmth, shelter, and the company of friends and family.  Much to be thankful for in the New Year.  Happy 2014 everyone!

Falling Peonies in the Shadows

December 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Falling Peonies

Thought I’d give us a reminder of summer with this colored pencil/ pastel of peonies.  It’s dark, wintry, and cold where we are.  While the snow is beautiful, it’s nice to see some color.

Using Watercolor to add Intensity to your Drawing

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

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This is a piece depicting chili peppers used to demonstrate to my drawing students how watercolor can support drawing.  I added pen and ink and pastel to refine the details and add intensity.  I particularly enjoy the looseness of the wash with the clarity of the pen and pastel.

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