Tuesday, May 15, 2018


With more moisture in the air, pastel is my prefer medium for spring sketches. 

It's nice to see more greens, overnight.

Specks of greens make for a nice contrast on top of my initial brown sketch.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How to Draw a Cow with B&W Conte

Many ways to draw farm animals. I learn this technique from the old masters. 

I lay down the shape of the animal on tinted paper. As you can see, black & white conte is well suited for indicating light & shadow of the forms of the cow.

Friday, April 13, 2018


Another morning of trying to capture the mood, outside my window.

Nice to have some milder April weather, but there's still snow in my yard. Let's hope we are all done with snowy days.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

MOON SET, 5 am

This might be the last time to wake up & see the full moon sets over lingering white snow, over the western horizon, at 5am. It's a lovely sight, bit it's hard to be inspire with snow, by April!

Friday, February 2, 2018


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


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