Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MIX MEDIA FOR LANDSCAPE

If one look hard enough, there's hints of green from the buds on the tree. Looks like it's time to switch over to a springy palette!

mix media with oil & charcoal

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

From Easter bouquet to New Design

This started as just a sketch from my Easter Bouquet. I haven't painted a teddy bear lately. Just by adding this little bear, the sketch is turning into an illustration.

my easter bouquet

I pull some butterfly & hummingbird from my archive, just to add some movement. These sweet elements are pretty enough for a birthday greeting, get well, or just to say hello.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

SKETCHING A HORSE WITH GRAPHITE

This started out as a quick sketch. Sometimes, a drawing can just suck me in. 

Tools of the trade: I start with a general shape of the horse; tissue to rub in the graphite; kneaded eraser takes out the white & just perfect for highlights.

Then it's back & forth with 8B graphite to define the features & shadows!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MANY FACES OF WINTER

The many faces of winter offer grand opportunity to play with color temperature & purity. The snow is a mirror for the subtle atmospheres that surrounds it, from pure warm and cool colors of a bright sunny day to the subtlety of a snowstorm.


Monday, March 13, 2017

MARCH FULL MOON OVER MEADOW

March's full moon is commonly known as the worm moon because it's the time of the year when warmer temp thaw the ground & ground worms reemerge bringing migrating birds back to feed on them. By March, I'm usually dreaming of warmer places. But to see a full moon over snow cover meadow is still magical!

Friday, March 10, 2017

SNOWY GARDEN BENCH SKETCH

A tranquil little scene after a snowfall.

I like to start my drawing on tone paper, so I can use the sepia tone as my middle value.

After a simple outline of the bench, I draw & shape the bench with a kneaded eraser. I use 8B graphite to work in the darker values. Touches of white oil paint to indicate the snow.

Beauty in a little drawing, sometimes, it's that simple. "The world is full of magic" WB Yeats

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MY COTTAGE GARDEN COLLECTION

A little corner house on Main St was the inspiration for this Cottage Garden Collection.


Initial doodling & sketches...

With so many details, I can work up complimentary designs for use on multiple products.

circular format for coaster

a pretty card for any occasion

same arbor, with a different background
Every collection is a work-in-progress. I'm sure I would return to this theme, over the years!