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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

76 As Is, Self portrait, graphite pencil, 80lb. Drawing paper.   After fifty years of coloring my hair, I’ve decided enough time wasted sitting in the beauty salon.

American Mustang, graphite pencils on 80% drawing paper.  I have no idea what pushed me to start drawing horses, but they really are quite elegant beasts, a joy.


Back to the easel and oils this winter to paint this very young lady.  The get acquainted sketches pointed out where the difficulties are and where my time will be spent.  A few ‘thumbnails’ more for overall size and positioning, I should be prepared to begin.  Skin tones playing against buttery whites is the palette I picture in my head, but every painting comes alive at some point and begins to make demands.  This commission came just in time.  My passion was fading fast.    

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A New subject Matter

A new subject popped into my head:  horses. Specifically horses in action.    I have no idea why. I do not ride. I was 7 the last time I rode a horse; I was at camp.  I do hope there's no apocalypse in the future--though given the news, could be?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lost Passion

Sketching daily yes; painting these days, not so much.  I lost my passion for the paint mediums somewhere between surgeries these last four years when graphite pencils, charcoal sticks and pencils and a knead satisfied. If a need for color presented, crayons, pastels, markers did the trick.  The need for color did not happen often.

Is this another epiphany along the way to understanding the art within? Or is it a block?    I had no idea till last week when a new aluminum easel arrived from Dick Blick that weighs just five pounds, can support a sizable, gallery stretched canvas and can easily be moved to the backyard and left there all summer.   The new easel posed  the question as I assembled it:   what are you going to do with me?  My immediate answer was to prop a large charcoal pad on its ledge.   

Mother and Child, graphite pencils in Strathmore Drawing Pad, 6" x 8"

Zelda, graphite pencil study of form relationships, 6" x 8" Strathmore drawing pad.

Tuned Out, graphite pencils on 6" x 8" Strathmore Drawing pad.