September 18, 2020

Abstract and Distortion

 A different take on figure drawing - abstraction and distortion.  Drawing the hands large to give them added importance; distorting the rest of the body...inspired by the work of Emma Petit.

scribbled background (water soluable crayons)

brush with a bit of water

a couple of layers of gesso for texture

blocked in charcoal sketch

September 14, 2020


 It's such a joy to be working a bit larger!  I thought and thought and thought about what to paint...this is NOT a self portrait...

11x15 watercolor paper - scribbles in charcoal

smeared on acrylic paints then a quick sketch

blocking in some color

September 10, 2020

These Hands Were Meant for Drawing...

Practice, practice, practice continuous line drawing of my own hands...this is fun but also a challenge.

I'm drawing from life not from a photograph - keeping the journal flat and looking at my hand at the same time - not easy!  I chose to use pen rather than pencil - no way to erase - just keep the pen on the paper and go for it.

foreshortening - holy moly!

hard to judge starting point - ran off the page...

September 9, 2020


 My COVID-19 journal is finished.  I wish I could say the same about COVID-19!

Made entirely from Quaker Oats cereal boxes - 26 paintings.

I gave the binding a lot of thought - in the end, I decided to make a spine and tie the pages to it. 

September 8, 2020

Who Was That Masked Ma'am?"

I can hardly believe - this is the last painting for my COVID-19 journal!  I almost forgot to include a mask in my little collection of paintings - that would never do!

Next up - "bind" the journal together.

September 7, 2020

"My Mama Said"

My Mama Said “never stick anything up your nose" - then along came COVID-19!  Have you been tested yet?  For my upcoming surgery, I had to get tested - no fun!

original sketch

September 5, 2020

Going Out on a Limb...

I had an idea for my COVID-19 journal - it involved birds.  

"Going Out on a Limb"

Drawing birds is much harder than I thought it would be! A couple simple shapes - oval, circle some straight lines - and hopefully a bird. 

examples of several drawings in my sketchbook

September 2, 2020

Pumpkins on the Stairs...

In the fall of 2013, Richard and I took car trip to Charleston, SC.  It's a fantastic place.  I remember the weather was glorious.  We took a walking tour around town when I saw the pumpkins on the stairs of an antebellum home.  It's one of my favorite memories from that trip.