Friday, February 2, 2018

WINTER COLORINGS

I see beauty in a dark winter sky. 

I start by toning the paper with soft pastel. A quick rub with tissue to indicate some shapes. Winter pines with soft blurred contours is created with charcoal. Touches of pink with color pencil is all I need to indicate the horizon.

Friday, January 19, 2018

PARIS SOUVENIR

For this design, instead of sketches, I draw inspiration from some Paris souvenirs. I begin with a scan of a tea menu.

The side border came from a digital photo of an antique sign. I now have a new pattern to use as a background to my illustrations.

A Valentine greeting is where I wind up, for now. It's quite easy to dream up other variations. This pair of teddy bear works well for wedding anniversary, birthday or just say "I Love You"  Take a peek at my latest Valentine

Monday, November 27, 2017

BEHIND THE SCENE: some oldies

Love to paint, but some days, it's hard to get going. Revisiting some oldies...


via Photoshop!

fine art with winter holiday elements

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

TIPS ON THE RIGHT ART SUPPLY

Sometimes, choosing the right paper is half the job. I love the way the grain of this paper is just right for indicating the misty & moody fall hues, 


thru the use of graphite & pastel.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FALL HUES OUTSIDE MY STUDIO

Another morning of trying to capture the light & atmosphere. I want to emphasis the contrast between the yellow foliage against the dark silhouette of the meadow.

graphite sketch with dashes of pastel

Adding other colors would change the mood of the scene.