Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The "L Train"

Today in class, we talked about whether it's kosher to take pictures of people without their permission, to use as a subject.  I hope so... because I've been traveling to BOND Studios in Brooklyn every week, and my favorite part of the trip is riding the subway. Some days it's hot, but no matter what the weather, you can't beat the people watching.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Samantha is a 6 year old cocker spaniel/golden retriever mix. She's a rescue from South Carolina, and became a part of our family a year ago this month.  No idea what she was doing in a kill shelter; she's a wonderful dog, and a real sweetheart.

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 purple in real life, I'm happy with the result.

PS - Here's the value of a great teacher. My instructor (and master pastelist) Rae Smith observes, makes a few precise suggestions, and keeps me from overworking things.  I'm so lucky to be in her class.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tempus Fugit. (Scott)

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 pastels 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!

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.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Drawing Again part two

Today I used a velvet gray Strathmore paper and I enjoyed using a mid-tone surface. I always start by massing darks and lights and sculpting the big shapes, but I'd love to see an artist like Mike Beeman
draw his figures...they express so much with just an elegant line and a little shading. More than a gesture drawing but still very minimalist. If you haven't seen them, check them out at his blog or on You Tube.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Drawing Again:)

Life has taken a different turn lately, but I am happy to be drawing again, from life no less, in an open studio from a model. No pressure of completed paintings, just these 20-30 minute studies. I love it!