Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sketch after John LaFarge

It's tax day at my house. Here's a one minute demo sketch from yesterday morning's watercolor class. After John LaFarge's Wild Roses in a Chines Vase.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Doodle Birds

Two quick doodles on the handout of a class I attended last night. I like these quick expressions with such few strokes. Hardly any fuss at all.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Morning Snooze

The easiest subject at hand. Tallulah during her after breakfast snooze!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Canada Dry

Another classic. I can see where I'm going with this and will have to switch to more appropriate paper in my next small sketchbook if I expect to use water. Buckles galore!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Wayfarer

I've been wearing Ray-Bans since my early 20's. At first I wore the Baloramas but switched to the Wayfarer which was improved when Bausch & Lomb came out with a modified version more suited to a female head, the New Wayfarer.

Bausch & Lomb stood behind their products 100% for years. Alas, with merger and acquisition fever, the service flagged and now the materials have changed, too. Still, there's nothing like the G-15 glass lens for neutral sun shade. And I'm happy that what I've loved all these years is still available!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


By which I mean, back to the big screen.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Leaf 2

The robins have returned! I counted five on the back yard a couple of days ago. Soon, new leaves will appear. This is a sketch from one of last year's crop.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Piece of Vine

Worked up a quick sketch from some previous class during the afternoon drawing class session.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Really, I should re-title this blog drawing on the fly for the time being. Made this sketch while students underwent torture of beginning watercolor exercises.

Friday, February 19, 2010


A personal thank you to Gahan Wilson for giving me supreme confidence when my lines wave funny. One eye was on the guitar case, the other on Tiger Woods delivering his remarks to the public. Caught the latter by utter chance and am glad I did!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Found Drawing 2

I beefed this other found drawing up with pen and as I did recognized when I made this and what for. It was August 2006 and a preliminary study for a painting of a whitewater rafter I made for a friend. Once I was into the beef up, I added the outline of the raft and some splashes.

No wonder I didn't recognize that other scribble. That's been quite a while and was the very first thing I made in this studio!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Found Drawing

In the process of cleaning up the studio, I made a pile of demo drawings and in them were two drawings that I can't remember making. Or can't remember what I was trying to make. This drawing could be of a number of things but reminds me of drawings I made as a child. I beefed up the light lines this morning and spent way too long (or not long enough) trying to fix the paper shadows from the scanner.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Independent Bag

A good, quick exercise found in the corner pile of my yet to be cleaned up studio. Support your local independent bookseller. Browse in real life and buy a book through a local cash register!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Two Tulips

Could not help coloring them in!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Broken Switch

All three of the lights in my studio supply room went out last week. I really didn't want to fool with electric wires on my own or pay to have an electrician fix a little matter. One of my drawing students helped me take the switch apart after morning class yesterday to see what the problem was. I ran to Home Depot between classes, bought a new switch, installed it and ate lunch before the afternoon class. This was the first time I've ever replaced an electric switch in my life. I am so damned proud of myself!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Peruvian Lily

A little sketch with colored wash while students were working. The studio is filled with flowers. Beautiful timing for Valentine's Day weekend!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Quick Lily Late

Last piece of work. Off to bed. I'm exhausted!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I've been working on a complicated illustration for hours today. Here's a tiny piece of it. Can you hear her singing?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Frothy Duck

My local coffee shop now has an assortment of animal toys on sticks to identify people's orders. This morning, mine was a duck!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Evening Class Scribble

A two minute scribble in between instruction and a timed exercise at this evening's Basic Drawing Class.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Oh, my god! I've been staring at the laptop screen for at least six hours. Amongst other things, was working on photos of waves. So I drew this trés quickly from one. After I decided to close out the work, I went for a brush to slop in a little wash and, Lo!, the world is very suddenly covered with snow. I'm still staring at the laptop so let's see if I can close it NOW!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pine Cone Demo

Another quick in-class demo on the structure of a Loblolly pine cone. Minus the gab.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Part of a Box

Can't fool with a camera today so here's what fit on the scanner of a messy, messy, sub-dominant hand charcoal demo of a file box.

Friday, February 5, 2010


I'm working on some cartoons. Here's one robin I made last night with pencil scribblings underneath.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Can't live without them

Well, I could live without them but not as well. Without eyeglasses and contacts and reading glasses, I would spend my days and nights groping around in a very different sort of experience!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mendelsohn's Tower

Actually, it's Einstein's Tower designed and built by Erich Mendelsohn and I would like to write an entire post on Mendelsohn, this building and architecture. However, this is place to just post drawings while I'm working on new presentations. I drew this six times between yesterday and this morning and finally made one very quickly first thing. This is it. I've been in Potsdam three times and cannot believe that I missed seeing this building!

They say that the building appears to be much larger than it really is. I'm here to tell you that it's much more difficult to draw than it might seem.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Wow, did I butcher what I drew today! Even after several attempts. So here is a drawing from two days back when I had more time.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Guggenheim Bilboa

Still snowed in. Have been thinking of drawing buildings for a couple of weeks now. Hell if I'm going to get out in this weather to do so. So I turned to a book on the shelf filled with what turns out to be some of the worst architectural photographs I've ever laid eyes on. Nonetheless, I found a decent shot of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Drawing from life is far more challenging for me than drawing from photos. But drawing from photos is more fun. So is drawing from my mind's eye. Hmmmm....


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