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!