Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Flora and Fauna

New York City Public Library Lion
from one of two bookend that guard my front studio door

I tend to start working in one sketch book and then put it aside to be discovered at a later date, half filled, begging to be worked in again. So it happened recently that I came across a big red sketchbook in just such condition and proceeded to work up a dozen or more landscape sketches.

Going through the earlier pages, I was reminded of my development since moving into my studio almost two and a half years ago. I've done a lot of work since then. As I pause to regroup for what may turn out to be a new phase, I thought that I'd share these sketches from August 2006 through the present, mostly from my big red sketchbook.

When I moved into the studio, it had been over a year since I'd painted. Between the move to a new house in a new state and designing and building the studio, there was simply no time and no space. So, in August 2006 when I finally sat down to the drafting table in my brand new studio, I picked up where I'd left off... with flowers.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tutti Tipped

This is a sketch from earlier in the year but just after I noticed that I'd never posted it, I saw Tutti looking just like this sketch. So it must be time to post this little pencil study (9 x 12") of my youngest cat, Tallulah. She's my studio muse and you can see photos of Tallulah at Post Your Dog or Cat.

Friday, December 12, 2008

from the Mansion

For the last class of the session (and the year), I brought the class into the Cheek Mansion to either copy a painting or drawing, or make a vignette of one of the rooms. In between checking on each in their various locations, I looked out the window and made a pencil sketch of the view over the Frist Learning Center and installation wing. Unfinished, I doodled with it at home with watercolor pencils and ink while talking on the phone. I really thought I'd ruined it but scanned and posted here, it doesn't look so bad....

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Only three students showed for today's drawing class (too much turkey?) so I had enough time to actually work up a drawing of my own. Today's lesson was drawing from photos, choosing compositions and so forth. This is from a photo by Marion Brenner from the October 2005 issue of House & Garden. Very William Morris-y, I think.


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