Saturday, August 13, 2011

Portrait Drawing


Today I attended a 5 hour portrait drawing workshop with my favorite instructor Gary Godbee. This is the first time I used tinted paper and white chalk for the highlights. Using toned paper eliminates one of the mid values.  I totally love this media.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


  I found this picture I cut out of a newspaper years ago. I thought the photo of this artist was so powerful and I loved the way he looked into the camera, very intense. I like to draw people using newspaper photos - they're more candid, especially the sports section, and there's less distracting detail.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Practice Paintings

Brushes and knife
 This painting took me about one hour to complete. I find that painting a quick still life with big brushes is a good way to warm up - sort of like stretching before going out for that 5 mile run. I don't know why I used this analogy because I don't run, not even a jog around the house but I do yoga which is good for the body and soul.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Workshop with David Shevlino

Blue Vase and Pear
I attended a painting workshop last Thursday. The guest artist was David Shevlino who is featured in the May issue of “The Artist” magazine.  I just love his work.  He spent the first hour doing a demo, explaining the process as he was painting (I always love the demos – it’s like magic) while the students were madly taking notes. The rest of the day he spent time with each of us giving advice and patiently answering our questions. He has couple of videos (a still-life and the Sumo Wrestlers) out on the Internet that I watch over and over again.  We painted ala-prima which means painting in one session  – wet on wet. This is the painting I did, very loose and with big brushes.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pair of Pears - Redo

Pears Redo

I painted over the pears but this time I used a much bigger brush. I like it.

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Pair of Pears

Daily Paintworks Challenge
Another challenge from Daily Paintworks. The challenge was to make each brush stroke a different color or variation of a color. This was a particularly difficult painting to do. I had to wipe it out a couple of times before I could figure out what the heck I was doing wrong. I was unable to make every brush stroke a different color but I got close.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Zippo Challenge

Zippo Challenge in limited palette
Here's a painting I did for the Daily Paintworks-Zippo Challenge. The challenge was to paint this Zippo lighter using only ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and white. I love painting metal and reflections and the two colors happen to make beautiful grays. Since I didn't have to mix a lot of different colors and could just paint in values, I was able to finish it in one evening. The hardest part was taking a photo of the painting. Fortunately, my husband has one of those fancy incredibly complicated cameras and did a great job of capturing the colors and values of the painting. Thanks Honey.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My first recollection

Desk Doodle
My first recollection of learning how to draw was from the  Jon-Gnagy-Original Learn To Draw Kit. As a kid I found it exciting that I could draw anything by starting with a circle or a square. My favorite was the pumpkin. That was 50 years ago and they still sell it.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Two Tiny Paintings

Salt Grinder
I like painting on the 3x3" canvases. I have to economize my brush strokes and there isn't a lot of colors to mess with. It's good practice and I can complete them in a short amount of time. I spent about 20 minutes on each painting. Painting glass is quite a challenge, especially on tiny canvases.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Desk Doodle
Sometimes I just need a break from whatever it is I'm doing at work and will start doodling "stuff" on my desk. It's a great way to recharge my mind and feel good about actually completing an activity which, as anyone who's worked at a large company knows, rarely happens.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

10 Minute Challenge

Clementines - 10 Minute Challenge
The Daily Paintworks  is an online gallery of twelve very talented daily painters. Carole Marine, one of the artist,  is posting a weekly challenge which is open to everybody. I did the 10 Minute challenge and choose a clementine tangerine as my subject. I painted each one in a 3x3 inch square and in 10 minutes. It was a great experience because I was forced to plan ahead, reduce the subject to a few simple forms and values and limit my brush strokes.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Art Project - Powered by Google

Desk Doodle

I've just discovered something wonderful. Google has launched a new website called Google - Art Project. It's a "collaboration with art museums around the world to enable people to enjoy their collections without leaving the house". The Art Project takes you on a 360 degree "street view" tour of individual galleries. Not only do you view the paintings from street view, you can get up close to see details like brush strokes. There are audio tours and YouTube videos about individual paintings and the painters. I am so excited. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow day

Snow on birdbath

It snowed last night. There’s at least 14 inches. I love how snow simplifies. It’s like a temporary cover over everything that’s messy.  I look outside and the world has been reduced to gray and white. It’s great drawing material. The values are right there in front of me, no colors to make things complicated. Snow is a dichotomy- it appears clean and simple yet causes so much chaos. Unfortunately I have to go to work and I am not looking forward to the commute.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Creative Thinking

Desk Doodles

Desk Doodles
These are sketches I do at work when I need a break.