Persephone in Summer

April 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone III   This wonderful sculpture over the doorway of McNeal Hall on the University of Minnesota campus always spoke to me as she hid under the vines of summer. She was part of a series based on the relationship of architectural sculpture to the building it inhabits and its meaning to the surrounding community.

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Bling!

September 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

This pastel drawing highlights complementary colors revealed in the contrast of the icy blue colors of a necklace against the fiery hot yellow oranges of the background.                                                                                                                                                The shapes of the jewelry wind in and out of the picture plane.IMG_3569

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.

Swirling Dragon Fruit

November 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I came upon an unusual food item in an organic grocery called dragon fruit.  I was struck at the similarity they bore to fish with the brilliant pinks and tail like fronds. I imagined different colors and sizes of them swirling and chasing each other.  The result was a pastel activated with spiraling forms throughout the composition conveying a sense of motion and speed among a world of lush hues.

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