Monday, July 03, 2017

Drawing from Live Models


An unexpected opportunity to draw from life came my way recently.  

A wonderful artist -- Melanie Reim -- invited a group to draw from live models in her studio. Check out Melanie's work at http://sketchbookseduction.blogspot.com/  He work is beautiful ... so full of life and energy. 

Time flew as we worked to capture the fleeting poses and record the most important visual information. Some drawings were more successful than others. Hope to try this again!  


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Walking the Dogs" - Brooklyn, NY (9" x 12")


A quick sketch of a Brooklyn street. If you know the area, Williamsburg has certainly changed:)   

Today, I worked quickly, got the mood down, and Rae stopped me from overworking things. That's the value of a great teacher. My instructor (and master pastelist) Rae Smith makes a few precise suggestions, and keeps me from overworking things.  I'm so lucky to be in her class.

Happy with the looseness of it! Done:)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The "L Train" (15" x 18")

I've been traveling by subway to BOND Studios in Brooklyn every week -- you can't beat the people-watching! Some days it's hot, but no matter what the weather, you always see someone interesting.

Today we talked about whether it's kosher to take pictures of people without their permission, to use as a subject.  I do that all the time ... thoughts?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Sam", the Rescue Dog (Cocker Spaniel x Golden Retriever Mix)

Samantha is a 6 year old cocker spaniel/golden retriever mix. We have no idea what she was doing in a South Carolina shelter, but she became a part of our family a year ago this month, and we got very lucky. She's incredibly sweet.

Anyway, Sam's portrait was today's project -- and since I go to Rae's class each week with a very limited set, it results in some odd color choices. Of necessity, I shoot for value over color.  And while she isn't this purple(!), I captured her essence and I'm happy with the result.

PS - If you know someone who'd love a pet portrait, I love doing them. Feel free to get in touch!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tempus Fugit. (Scott) - 18" x 24"







The last time I painted Scott, he was a lot younger. No mustache, with a dimpled smile that lit up a room.  Happily, he let me take his picture yesterday, and it became today's painting in Rae's class.

She's back.


After 8 years, 1 month and 5 days (and over 200 B2B blog posts, but that's another story), I returned to the easel.  

Rusty, yes. 

But to my great good fortune, Rae Smith is still teaching painting at the Katonah Art Center.

And to my surprise, it's a bit like riding a bike.  You feel a bit wobbly, but the pleasure is just the same.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Two Pugs (Lulu and Chippy) - SOLD

I was wondering if I could do justice to these two pugs, which I painted for my dear friends Robin and Ted. All I can say is that rendering all their little nooks and crannies was lots of fun!
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Censored (why were my images blocked?)!

I originally used Photobucket to host my most recent drawings (shown below), and for some reason they got blocked for violating their Terms of Service. Does anyone consider these figure studies obscene or in poor taste? I never thought that they crossed any kind of line...why were they censored? I am now using Flickr instead.