Dragon Fruit

May 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

IMG_3796     I discovered dragon fruit at a co-op some years ago and was taken by their exotic colors, tail like growth, and their resemblance to fish.  I decided to depict them in a pastel swirling through space with their tails flowing after.

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Persephone in the Eaves

April 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

Serial imagery can be created by depicting your subject withing its setting, stepping in more closely, and finally even more to examine its finer details.

 

Persephone (6)      Persephone (4)           Persephone (3)

 

 

 

Using Multi Media

January 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Persephone

This is a colored pencil piece with pastel and Conte’ crayon.  I would like to recommend the products used in this drawing.  First, the use of colored paper; Canson, Arches, Strathmore, Rives all come in large sheets (usually 22″x30″, Canson usually runs smaller. By using colored paper, you change the equation of the value spectrum.  Now you need to determine where on a scale of black to white this color fits.  The white of the page will also need to be created.  Therefore, keep in mind to save the value of the paper and create the white areas.  Canson paper was used for this piece.  A variety of colored pencil, mostly Derwent as well as Conte pastel pencil also comprised the media.  For the highlights, white and pale yellow Conte crayon became indispensable.  When using colored pencil, I would advise using the pastels sparingly and only to stretch the existing colors. I cannot over stress the aid of using a kneaded eraser. One can squeeze it into very fine shapes to erase tiny areas as well as being able to mold it into any shape you please.  It leaves no oil residue on the page.  And most importantly, you can bounce it off of walls when frustrated!!

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Joe and Frankie

November 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

One last view of the drawing of Joe and his Boston Terrier, Frankie as a pup.  I’ve been working on revisions and at some point I have to say I’m done!!

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Final Version of the Drawing of Joe and Frankie

October 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Nearing the final stages of the mixed media drawing of our grandson Joe and his Boston Terrier Frankie.  I had originally thought it would be watercolor with colored pencil, however I found pastel provided the drama and abstractions where needed.  The pose was a difficult one and  I was very unsure of it.  However, time and the light play over the subjects led to subtle nuances which added to the story line. Plus I enjoy this tender moment in Joe’s relationship with Frankie.

Lion of Pillsbury Hall

August 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

This is a great compelling snarling face from the walls of Pillsbury Hall on the University of Minnesota campus.  It was completed in colored pencil and pastel on Canson paper.

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Looking up at Persephone

May 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Another view of the sculpture of Persephone with the viewer below the doorway.

Persephone

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