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.

Architectural Sculpture

April 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’ve worked a bit more on a drawing depicting architectural sculpture at the University of MN.
old man in the eaves This was part of a series completed to demonstrate the importance of such sculpture to the people within surrounding communities. Our sense of heritage, humanity, and belief system is reflected in these forms.

Flowers Near a Stone Bench

April 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Staying in the floral mode as everything seems drab outside.Floral with Carved Bench This scene is from the Como Conservatory. I’m examining the relationship between the organic forms and the curvilinear aspects of the sculpted bench.

Conservatory Urn with Flowers

March 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

I just needed to brighten my day and hopefully yours by adding this colored pencil of flowers at the Como Conservatory in St Paul, MN. The colors were amazing!
Floral with Carved Urn

Persephone in Late Spring

November 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

These are two colored pencil drawings from a larger series based on a sculpture of the goddess Persephone, I had portrayed her in the different seasons and these two show her in the sharp cold light of late spring.

Persephone II

Changing from Pencil to a Limited Color Drawing

October 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

A new frame was created for a pencil drawing of mine. It no longer worked as the frame held a similarity to brass. I added a limited palette of browns so that the entire piece could become integrated.IMG_4679


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


May 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

ImageThis is one of my first attempts at pairing watercolor with colored pencil of a tall sunflower past it’s prime.

Watercolor Washes for the Pileated Woodpecker

April 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

This is the next stage as I finally get to laying in the watercolor washes for the pileated woodpecker.  It was seen in my daughter and son in law’s yard feeding on insects from a dead tree stump.  I will add colored pencil IMG_4201as the final step to give greater depth, nuances, and hue to the contour with washes.  I’m hoping that this combination will allow my drawing to become more free.  I see it is still a work in process!! 

Pileated Woodpecker

March 17, 2014 § 2 Comments


 I’m posting sequentially the stages of a drawing of a pileated woodpecker scavenging for bugs in a tree stump.  This first posting is the contour.  It provides the framework for the drawing.  It reveals the light source, a sense of form or depth, and allows my personality to flow out onto the page.  Next will come the watercolor washes and finally the colored pencil to give greater clarity to the composition. This bird is majestic especially in flight and is quite reclusive in nature.  My daughter and son in law were lucky to spot it in their yard.

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