Month: July 2015

  • ABOUT THIS PICTURE 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas. This is one of the first paintings I ever did. I spent a considerable amount of time making a color chart, (featured below), being new to painting, taking note of how much white to mix with a particular shade of blue, for example, to get the […]

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  •   ABOUT THIS PICTURE Graphite on paper. A short sketch in which my primary focus and fascination was with hair, in this case, her curls. This was a good exercise for building up value, and focusing on contrasts, juxtaposing the light of the shine of the curl against the dark shadows. I was also working […]

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  •     ABOUT THIS PICTURE Charcoal and graphite on toned paper. I read about toning paper and got interested in how to do it. It’s super easy. I applied a watercolor wash over some heavy duty paper and let it fully dry before sketching. I like how the portrait I drew over the wash looks rustic. […]

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  •   ABOUT THIS PICTURE 9″x 6″, watercolor and ink on paper. This is my first real attempt in the realm of watercolor. I’d been keeping away from it, as I was intimidated by its fluidity and transparency, but it is actually a lot of fun to work with! You do have to modify you working […]

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  •   ABOUT THIS PICTURE Ink on paper. I drew this for a friend. It’s a resting butterfly, I believe one of the many varieties of beautiful swallowtails. My reference photo was an image I found online. The ease of instant dark, rich color with markers is so satisfying. I used up more than a few Sharpies working […]

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  •   ABOUT THIS PICTURE 18″x 24″, oil on canvas board. Done as an exercise, using Renoir’s painting Picking Flowers as a reference. I fell in love with the picture after being fortunate enough to see it in San Francisco, in person. Impressionism was a lot of fun to try, and gave me lots of room for […]

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  • The beach is only about two miles away from my home, so you’ll be seeing lots of ocean-themed art by me. Here is some more line art. I really like the accessibility of this type of art — I just pick up my pens and go for it. No paint, prep work, or organizing. This […]

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  • It was my opportunity and pleasure to spend more drawing time near the ocean. Yay! It really is the most soothing thing ever, sitting in the sun, bring directly in front of the subject matter, all while being able to take in other sensory details to enhance the drawing. How does it feel to be next […]

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  •     ABOUT THIS PICTURE Ink on paper. I took my drawing to the beach! I felt very artsy as I sat in the sun, near the ocean, and drew the shoreline and picturesque dark rocks. Possibly I’ll color this later, but for now I like the simplicity of the dark lines and the white, […]

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  •   ABOUT THIS PICTURE 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas. After attending a Van Gogh exhibition in San Francisco (if you ever get a chance to see his work, run, leap, fly out of your house and go see it) I got interested in impressionism. As the old masters used oils, I gave it a try! […]

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  •   ABOUT THIS PICTURE 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas. This is one of the first paintings I ever worked on. Even though it’s not at all what I wanted it to be, I learned from it, and had a massive amount of fun. It gave me a great appreciation for impressionism. I did eventually […]

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  • We were pb&j with a spread of apple butter, smooth. Calm as cucumber skin. We rolled our oats: small dirt-clad seeds in the summer steam. We ploughed every field, those small, outspread weeds just drifted in.

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