"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Alejandro was the model at life session this morning - very muscular and a lot of fun to draw.  I chose a position at the head for this prone foreshortened drawing.  Black ebony pencil and white charcoal on brown wrapping paper - about 18 x20 and 40 minutes.

The seated 40 minute pose was just as challenging! In any case, I am pleased with this mornings efforts. Unfortunately, I will miss next week's session as I will be out of town :(  My feeling is that these life sessions are invaluable in providing me with a real feeling for how flesh clings to the skeletal structure and accomodates itself with each unique position.  I have aways felt that there is no substitue for good drawing skills and life drawing is the best way to hone them.
Your comments and thoughts are always greatly appreciated!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Life Drawing - Thursday Morning

Cyndi was our wonderfully curvacious model in life drawing this morning. This was 40 miniutes on brown paper using black ebony pencil and white charcoal pencil for highlights.

About 40 minutes on newsprint. Something tells me I should invest in more expensive paper for these classes. The ripples in the paper are much more apparent in the photograph than they are when drawing.

This was the firt drawing - the warm up. About 20 minutes on newsprint. I don't have her weight distribution correctly in this and her upper hand went off the paper. Each drawing is about 18x24.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Quick Portrait Study

What can I say? More experimentation - this time with only 4 colors. I used Venetian Red, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White. It certainly has a Halloweenish feeling - I guess that is appropriate as our nights are very cool and Autumn is in the air!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Portrait Study

Today was portrait practise day with a limited palette. This is 12x12 oil on canvas.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Chronicle of the Horse

About a month ago I received an email from Beth Rasin, Executive
Editor of a wonderful magazine called The Chronicle of the Horse stating that she came across my website and fell in love with my work! She asked if she might feature me along with a painting in the Art Gallery section of the September 10/17th issue! You can imagine how excited I was and sent her several photos and my bio. They featured my painting "The Principle of Uncertainty" and published the article above and I am so happy. It's extra special when something like this happens "out of the blue". Thank you to Beth for selecting my work to be featured in this exquisite publication and to Production Manager Lauren Maruskin for the fine layout and copy.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Back to the Drawing Board

Today was the first day of the new session of life drawing at the NV Museum of Art with instructor Martha Voyevidka. The timing of this class is perfect as I really feel the need to work on drawing skills. Tom was the model and he is just wonderful at holding his pose and resuming the exact same positon after a break. The challenge of foreshortening always attracts me so I set up at his feet in order to take advantage of this pose to have some fun with perspective. This was about 40 minutes on white paper with an ebony pencil.

Seated Tom - another 40 minute drawing in ebony pencil and finally.........
 20 minute sketch - cropped.
I adore life drawing and wish that the sessions were year round. This class is only once a week for six weeks and I already know I will miss one session as I have some travel plans - but I believe that every minute one can spend drawing the human figure from life is time exceptionally well spent. A good day for me today! :) Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday Night Concert

We happened upon a free outdoor concert last Saturday and I had my camera with me. This is actually a composition using 4 different photos.  I got way more fussy and detailed than I wanted to. There are some things that I like but, overall, I am disappointed in this result. :(
16x20 oil on canvas

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby

Its not easy painting a white horse! 16x12 oil on canvas board.
I spent part of Labor Day weekend at Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility in Washoe City, NV. It's a spectacularly beautiful facility nestled at the base of Mt. Rose and was host to the Labor Day Hunter Derby - a fund raiser for the ALS Foundation. I spent a lot of time learning to use some of the more esoteric functions of my new camera and was fortunate enough to get some good shots. The horses were magnificent and I have new found respect for riders who manage to hang on over the very daunting jumps. Horse and rider seemed to be tackling the course as a real team - it was thrilling to see.
Below is a close up of the above painting. Its a little raw around the edges but I am going to leave it that way. Thanks for looking and your comments are always greatly appreciated.