Monday, May 31, 2010

In Memory Of...

For all of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our military....

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dressed For the Occasion

 Dressed For the Occasion
12"x18" charcoal on blue Canson paper

It was interesting to work on blue Canson paper for this still life.  Creating folds can be a challenge, but I find it exciting to see the drapery begin to take shape.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Charcoal Work in Progress

Working from a set up I prepared for a recent pastel, I decided to create a drawing on light blue Canson paper. I have admired other realistic charcoal drawings done at the Waichulis Studio. Many use a light blue Canson and get beautiful results. I bought this paper a few months back, and decided it was a perfect time to try something new.

I love the fluidity of this composition. Folds are a challenge because of the rise and fall of the fabric, while keeping the softness of the material, pushing and pulling the values.

Friday, May 14, 2010

May I Have This Dance

May I Have This Dance
14"x20" watercolor on Arches

I love how the three buds look like they are asking the beautiful dancer for the next dance. These flowers are so graceful. They are called Paeonia 'Krinkled White'. They are planted in our town along the downtown parkway.

I painted this for an upcoming show at Segil Fine Art. I should hear in a couple of weeks if the three works on paper were accepted.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


18"x12" pastel on Canson

I just finished this pastel. Drawing the vase was enjoyable, without putting much time into the vase itself. I looked through it. Creating edges with all the folds of the fabric actually helped in creating the shape of the glass. I love the curves on this vase.

The bouganvilla clippings, looked to me like the flowers on a spring hat.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010


Loquots 5"x6" oil on gessoed panel

Yesterday I did a direct painting of a few loquots off of our tree. I had never tasted this fruit before and I am quite impressed with its flavor. My little friend Ellis encouraged me to try it. She was sure I would like it's flavor. Indeed I did. Now I am looking for ways to use it in recipes, as the tree is bursting with ripe fruit. Do you have a favorite recipe you could share?