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.