The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Pastel painting based on a photo by a talented friend.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Floating Heads du jour

I've been doing more experimenting with charcoal and pastels on different kinds of paper. This is on Canford. I like it, but can't get quite as smooth for skin tones as I like.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

More drawings

Looking forward to the day I can set up my painting stuff again, but meanwhile, I am enjoying drawing with charcoal, cretacolor crayons, and graphite.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Someone asked me why I have been drawing so many women from vintage photos ("old dead people"). So, here's an old dead guy. With dimples.  Done in sanguine, bistre, black and white pencils, on toned paper.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Love Long Weekends

This was done all in shades of burnt sienna pastels, on Artagain paper.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My New Favorite Drawing Thing a book, a reference book by artist Karin Wells.  It is full of old copyright free photos.  So much fun to draw from!

It is available on iTunes here

Here are some of the things I've done with it.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Moving is a Time Thief

Moving, by itself, isn't horrible. All that packing and cleaning and tossing out can actually satisfy that deep organizational need I seem to have. But add that to getting a house ready to sell, finding a rental, and watching a new house get built, as well as working full-time, and well... there's not much time for art.  The new rental doesn't have much room for painting, so am continuing having fun with pastels...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Scarce but not idle

Has it really been two months since I've posted? Life has been busy lately. I'm finding that oil painting doesn't agree with busy lives. So I have been experimenting with the pastel medium, and learning how it operates. Pastel is great for when you may only have 20-30 minutes to paint. But I miss being able to mix the exact color I want.  Now I know why pastelists have so many pastels! 

This is a pastel portrait from an old vintage black and white photo.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Portrait of my friend Mary

This is Mary, my new friend. I don't know much about her, other than she's had a little work done (shhh, friends don't tell), and girlfriend had some serious cheekbones.

All joking aside, I don't normally have access to human skulls to work from life, so turned to the trusty internet for photos.  Did you know you can actually buy human skulls? I don't know who this was, other than "female human."  This was someone's daughter, maybe sister, wife, mother. If I had a spare $2,000, I'd buy her, just to give her a home.  I wonder if my skull will ever end up for sale on the internet. Hmm.

For some reason, this photo looks fine outside of Blogger, but horrible here. Sorry about that.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Charcoal Gypsy Girl

Work has definitely been taking too much time but I have still been able to sneak in a little drawing time.  I've really been enjoying drawing portraits from vintage photos, using charcoal on Rives toned papers.  This one is 11"x14".

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Charcoal of vintage girl

This is charcoal on Rives toned paper, and is based on a vintage photo from the early twenties. But it reminds me of my stepdaughter Nicole, who had the biggest eyes and curliest hair ever. Soon she will be bringing us another curly-headed, big-eyed baby girl. Can't wait!

And a close-up, just because I had so much fun with it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Another Redhead

I am enamored with redheads lately.

I apologize for the bad photo. The canvas is only tacked lightly on the stretchers, and is catching glare no matter how I try.  Plus, we haven't had any sun in at least two years (ok, slight exaggeration there), so outside lighting hasn't been cooperative.

Oils on canvas, 18"x24"
For sale, $200

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Daisy in her hair

Had a lot of fun with this one.

Oil on canvas, 18"x24"
For sale $200

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Charcoal Sketches on Toned Paper

I haven't been painting much that is blog-worthy lately, as life has been a bit on the busy side. However, I still draw when I can. Here are two recent charcoal sketches on Strathmore's new toned paper. Love the paper colors but don't know if I like the surface for charcoal.