Florals in Reds and Greens for the Holidays

December 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

Thought I’d post a couple of my drawings with reds and greens to keep in the holiday spirit.

Floral with Carved Bench                    Floral with Carved Urn

Peonies in the Shadows

December 4, 2015 § 1 Comment

Falling Peonies

I’m re posting a color drawing I completed a few years ago of a cluster of peonies casting shadows in the garden.  I love how the flowers get so loose just before coming apart and provide even more interesting shadow shapes.

Borrowing From Others or Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery

November 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

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This is an oil completed many years ago while in my early learning stages of painting and drawing.  Yet, are we ever done learning?  Part of my self instruction in the beginning was to copy and this was taken from a published photograph. Therefore, I was never able to use this for exhibition or for sale. I learned a lot by examining the work of others.  The goal at the time was to try and capture the tender portrayal by the photographer of a grandmother and small girl.  I was taken by the dramatic light play across the subjects coming from one source, the window; and the added contrast of the darkened room.  While I appreciated the work of the photographer, I began to add touches of my own personality.

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.

Watercolor Washes of Joe and Frankie

October 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

This is the second stage of a drawing of our grandson Joe and his dog Frankie.  I am using mixed media to intensify my work. This pairs colored pencil with watercolor.  I am enjoying the looseness the washes add.  The next stage will be the addition of colored pencil to add greater clarity.  Corrections still need to be made.  The composition of Joe working on a project and his Boston Terrier giving him a kiss is an unusual one.

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Contour of Joe and Frankie

October 7, 2015 § 2 Comments

This is the contour for a drawing of our grandson Joe and his Boston Terrier Frankie.  This is the stage where I get in all of the crucial information and provides the framework for the finished gradations.  Taken into account is the light source, area of focus, and a true sense of form or what is three dimensional about my subject.

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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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