Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sketches from Sunday morning group at Crealde

Honestly, I'd really almost forgotten what a difference it makes to draw when you are rested. These were done with water soluble pencil. I  like the line quality quite a bit.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday cookies

Home from college one day and already busy baking complicated pistachio cookies drizzled with dark chocolate.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Charcoal study - Tuesday, December 13

This sketch is from a regular figure drawing/painting group I belong to. The studio owner chooses lovely poses and this one was no exception. I tend to struggle with faces, so that's a challenge I will be working on for 2012. I rather like the way this one came out. The model commented that it actually looks like her older sister, so at least I was in the ballpark.

Friday, December 9, 2011


I did probably 10-11 preliminary sketches before starting this sketch. Foreshortening is very challenging and I don't think this sketch fails completely.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sketches from Boston

I did this sketch on a lovely Sunday afternoon during my week in Boston last July. These two are very companionable. I don't normally use charcoal in my sketchbook because it smudges and I don't carry fixative with me, of course, but I like the friendly feel it gave to this little sketch.

This sketch is from the relatively new Greenway Park that took the place of the ugly old Southeast Expressway that cut the North End off from the downtown/Faneuil Hall area. The park is really pretty and the view back into the financial district made me homesick.

The Boston Museum of Fine Art allows students to come into the galleries and work directly from paintings of the masters. This student was working from a John Sargent portrait.

Friday, December 2, 2011

McGregor-in progress

I am doing a small painting of our dog, McGregor, as a Christmas gift. I did a quick pastel sketch first:

Now I am working on the painting:

It's only 9" x 12", which is suitable for a small dog. If I'd made it as big as his personality was, it would have been on a 9' x 12' canvas. I am also focusing on playing with color more. Since I've only been working in color for about 10 months, I am in exploration mode. I did take a year of color theory in college, but applying it is a whole different thing. I am also seeing that the camera flash burned out a lot of the detail, so I will add that to the list of stuff I need to learn about!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The model in my figure drawing group had these long, slender dreadlocks. She wove them into a sort of crown that made me think of the headdresses of ancient Egyptians. Anyway, I've been focusing so much on painting lately, I'd kind of neglected my drawing. This is the first charcoal that doesn't show how rusty I can get in a month or so. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Teacher for a day...or at least a morning

About three weeks ago, I received an email from United Arts with a call to artists to volunteer some time during the Teach In at Killarney Elementary School this Wednesday, November 16. I used to do quite a bit of substitute art teaching when I lived in New Hampshire and really enjoyed it, so I signed up. I have a first grade class and a fourth grade class. We'll be learning a little bit about color, especially unexpected color, and filling the page. Sometimes, as artists know, that big white page can be very intimidating. The project will be a painting of a cat with just a few rules: the cat has to touch 3 sides of the page and the kids must use at least three colors and only one of those colors can be an actual cat color, such as gray,black, white or brown. I am optimistic that even the first graders can do some nice work with a little guidance and hope to post a few paintings here after Wednesday. In the meantime, I had a little fun doing one for myself.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Gravedigger -- Darien

Gravedigger, Darien
Acrylic, 18" x 24"
Took a drive up to Savannah and Charleston last spring and stopped in the tiny town of Darien, Georgia on the way back to Florida. There was a shrimp fleet there, as well as a very interesting fort and some beautiful old buildings. This boat was named "Grave Digger". I did this painting to prove to myself that I can actually go outside my comfort zone of working from the figure. 

Two New Paintings

Acrylic, a8" x 24"

I struggled with the title for this painting. A friend suggested that the model looked like she was at the end of a really long day, so I've called it Relief. I really liked the blue scarf and accenting the diamond pattern in the quilt that was the backdrop for this long pose.

Acrylic, 18" x 24"

This is such a classical and relaxed pose and I loved the rose in her hair. From a long pose at figure drawing. 

Adephagia at the Shore

Adephagia at the Shore
Acrylic, 18" x 24"


I did the first draft of this image back (way back) in 1990 as a self-imposed exercise to learn how to use the pen tool in Aldus Freehand. I never did a vector version, but did do one in colored pencil in 2004. I recently came across that sketch and immediately started the painting. I love big sweeping curves. The title is from a very minor Greek goddess who was the goddess of gluttony so it was fun to re-imagine her as a modern woman at her ease at the beach.

Naughty pears

Pears are a much-painted subject so it's hard to make them your own... and yet, they're so alluring to paint. I decided to have fun with them and deliberately cropped the sketches and named them just to liven things up.

Acrylic, 8" x 8"

CuddlingAcrylic, 8" x 8"

Acrylic, 8" x 8"

I do love painting fruit, as most artists do. When I cropped the sketches for this series, the shapes and arrangements suggested attitudes that one may not necessarily associate with the average Bartlett or Anjou.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New work - sketches

This group came up out of nowhere. I had dug out a bunch of gesture drawings prior to my show reception just before I started applying black gesso to a canvas. The silky feel of the thin paint suggested a quick sketch to me so I just went with it--I did these from some old gesture drawings. I ended up doing about a dozen that evening on a canvas pad and had a great time. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Previous paintings

Amy on Stool
The Apple

Previous Drawings







Queen Esther

Reclining Nude

Model in Robe

Model Study 2009

Dancer Adjusting Costume

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Arlene and Randa

From a drawing which had previously sold. I do enjoy intense color. 

From a sketch which had previously sold. I like the colors.