Tuesday, July 10, 2018

From Farm to Sketchbook, after G. Seurat

 You can see why I want to try a sketch of the horse at La Basse Cour, with conte crayon. The inspirational process is reverse for this drawing.

Horse by G. Seurat
Came upon Georges Seurat drawings at MOMA, way back in 2007. His technique has influence my drawing ever since. Painterly drawings with subtle shadings of tones, indicating at the same time form, light & space; thru the use of conte crayon over texture paper.

These handmade watercolor paper has been sitting in my closet for 20 years. The texture is all wrong for my watercolor style. But the weave of the paper is just right for this conte drawing!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Farm Drawings

Worked on a series of farm drawings this Spring. It was an exercise to try out different drawing techniques. The drawings could gather dust in my closet or I can take the trouble to frame & show them. I love it when I can connect the dots. La Basse  Cour is a lovely farm store that features local artisans & farm goods.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Meditation on the Process of a Sketch

Another morning of trying to capture the light & atmosphere outside my window. Oil turpentine on watercolor paper is perfect for a rapid study. Limiting my palette to just a few colors is always good discipline.

Laying down soft white & pink pastel on blue sky is all I need to convey the tonal feeling of mist softening the morning light. The texture from the watercolor paper makes all the difference. 

a little purple to define the foreground 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Painting in My Garden

Grass is always greener on the other side. Which is a big reason I don't paint my own garden that much. But sometimes, it's so pretty...I'm compel to get my paints out.

The trick to painting a perfect garden is to combine different parts to reinvent the perfect composition!

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.