Thursday, August 17, 2017

D'Anjou Pears - Another Series?

D'Anjou #2

6 x 6 inch palette knife oil on Arches paper, 
mounted on Crescent mat board.

Ah! Another pear. I guess the series is really underway. 
I really like the blush of pink on this one.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

D'Anjou Pears - Another Series?

D'Anjou #1

Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper
for oils, mounted on Crescent mat board.
It appears I may be starting another series. I'm not sure how
far I'll go with it, but it is so much fun to paint these
small pieces, playing with color and technique.
Sometimes, I just can't help myself!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bobcat Sketch


Approx. 8 x 10 inches, water-soluble graphite
on Pentalic 130# paper

Summers in Tucson lead to an almost overwhelming urge to take naps. 
In an effort to counteract that, twice a month I've been involved with
a workshop geared to keep my art practice alive. The above sketch 
was done during the workshop. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed 
using these Art Graf water-soluble graphite pencils.
I'm not sure whether I'll actually finish this, as I 
sort of like it just as it is.

Sunday, July 16, 2017



Bijou is my Russian Blue companion, and is always ready to have her 
photo taken, or a sketch drawn. I decided to experiment with this drawing. 

Step 1 - top left. I sketched her from a photo, then attempted to create
some texture in parts of the drawing by placing a piece of scrap metal screen
under the 130# paper and rubbing over it with Stockmar white beeswax. Next, I thinned
down some acrylic and did a green wash over the whole image.

Step 2 - top right. Using charcoal, I created, more or less, a value map of the cat,
then painted over everything with Golden acrylic ground for pastels as some grit
was needed to hold the pastel.

Step 3 - bottom left. Adding pastel. Hmmm. Not as happy with this as the texture
I had created in Step 1 pretty much disappeared. Maybe added pastel with too 
heavy a hand? What next?

Step 4 - bottom right. I added green to her eyes - which, indeed, are a lovely green.

I think I'm done with this particular experiment, and am, somewhat, happy with 
the result. I like the fact that I played with color, though my intent was to be much looser and free-er with the entire piece - always a struggle. I'll try another with lighter-weight paper, lighter hand with pastels, and see what transpires.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

STARTING OVER, Minneola #6

Minneola #6

The last of this current series, though definitely not the last, 
as I have too much fun painting them.
Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils, mounted
on Crescent mat board.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

STARTING OVER, Minneola #4

Minneola #4

Palette knife oil on 6" x 6" Arches paper for oils,
mounted on Crescent mat board.
This is the "destroy and rebuild" version.