Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hedge Music

Here's part of the scene I am looking out on as I write this. My pen strokes are beginning to remind me of music. Hence, the title.

See the painting I made from this, Hedge, at Landscape into Art.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Oakleaf Hydrangea

My junior Oakleaf Hydrangeas are coming back to life. This is their third year in the ground but they're still looking small. Well, we'll see what happens by October...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Waiting... this case for a sandwich last week. I stepped outside on the porch of Sam & Zoë's café and made a very, very quick sketch of Forest Hills past some urban ugliness. Not my favorite sort of landscape and done while standing with no support but a stab at whipping out the sketch book at a moment's notice.

Friday, May 9, 2008

After the first mow

I should call this a contraposto study of a mower! It reminds me a little of R. Crumb. Well, it was the best I could do after an early workout at the beginning of what promises to be a long mowing season. I tackle my lengthy lawn in three sections; the lower 40, the mid-section next to the studio and just behind the house, and the front. I think I'll suspend membership to the gym for the summer....

You can also see paintings of my back yard and various events in the yard over the past year.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mountain Path

I was experimenting with this sketchbook paper (Raffine made by Lana for Creative Mark) last year (around the time of the Green Variations) to see how it might take a good watercolor wash. It takes the watercolor fine but isn't very workable. Still - good for play time. That's what this little number was about.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Every once in a while, I drag out my box of markers and play with them. I should take them out again soon! This little number was after some photo in a home and garden or travel magazine. I like it. Makes me want to go sit with you, a cup of espresso, talk a whole lot and then go for a walk.

Monday, May 5, 2008


Sadly, we've lost a couple of birds who were startled into the studio windows at the wrong angle or too high a speed. This female cardinal was one of them.

I used a regular pencil then went over parts with some watercolor pencil and finally, a little water.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Ginger Ale Reclines

Here's more marker fun from last year. This is my elder statesman, Ginger Ale after a big meal on some dream rug.

For a little more on Ginger Ale, you can visit his entries at Post Your Dog or Cat.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

after van Dyke

As part of what seems to be the ongoing cleaning of my studio, I was filing away some sketchbooks from the past year or so and found markers in some pieces I think are worth sharing. Since this is in keeping with showing you watercolors of my property, it's good timing. Anyway, I'm developing the sketches I'm working on right now into watercolors so I'll show you them when I show the watercolors that come out.

Today's marker fun is after an Anthony van Dyck pen and watercolor called Hills with Meadows, Woods, and a Tower from my (very) well worn Curtis O. Baer book Landscape Drawings.


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