Sunday, January 25, 2015

Heads 15.01.25

Back for another semester of open life drawing at the college. The first one showed me just how rusty I was - it sucked something fierce. This one turned out better.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sketchbook: DnD 2

Sometimes 'the creature" actually improves my drawing ability, especially when it's done from imagination.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sketchbook: DnD 1

Once a week a group of creative artists (all good people and true) get together at a local pub to imbibe and limn. This drawing and a number of other sketches are the result. All drawings were completed using graphite in a 9" x 12" Strathmore 400 sketchbook. And a good stiff drink.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Louie Louie

This is a portrait of my sister's cat, Louie, given as a Christmas gift. I love this cat - my sister nicknamed him 'Louie the Lover', and he really is a super-affectionate cat. Always getting on my lap and burrowing into my sweater before falling asleep. And leaving all that fur in his wake…

Monday, December 29, 2014


A christmas gift for a friend. Gus was a Lab/Rottweiler mix who passed away earlier this year. I always enjoy doing this type of portrait - I like trying to capture the essence of the subject based on both the image provided and the verbal description given to me.

I think it worked out well this time.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Alla Prima Demo: Portrait of K

My traditional oil painting demo this past semester for my alla prima painting class. Painted over 5 sessions, about an hour/hour-and-a-half each session. I tried to stay a step ahead of my students so they had something to measure against as they worked on their own paintings.

I'm really pleased with how this one turned out.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Little Things 16

Now that the semester is over for a few weeks I can get back to this series. I completed this one at the art residency in Maine this past August. I've been holding on to it in case I ran out of things to post. Thankfully that hasn't happened yet.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Little Things 0.01

This entry in the Little Things series is the littlest one so far - only 8" x 6". It was given as a Christmas gift exchange with a group of students.

I think I'll do more of these extra small ones. They seem to go quickly and force me not to fuss over them as much as I normally would.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Heads 14.11.23

Quick sketch from the last Open Life Drawing session of the Fall semester. On to some new projects…

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Digital Painting Demo: K.

A digital painting demonstration done in Photoshop for my painting class. One brush, five layers: the drawing layer, the actual painting layer, the background layer, a mixer brush layer to smudge some areas of the background and painting to integrate them cohesively, and a "tweak" layer for playing with the curves.

I think it turned out pretty well. I'll post my traditionally painted demo soon.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Heads 10.05.14

Had a great model at this week's session of open life drawing.

Monday, September 29, 2014