Friday, January 20, 2017

Forest Meditation 1

During the break Pam and I visited Samuel P. Taylor park. It was raining so I did initial drawing sitting in her car. Back in Texas, I am adding color from memory. My goal is to translate how I felt that day in the rain at such a beautiful and spiritual place.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Morning Chat

This is an old sketch of my brother that I finally completed. I made the sketch when he was first getting to know his most recent grandson. We were sitting in his living room and I liked the way the light was hitting his skin. Of course the colors are my added spice. I used ink on Shizen handmade paper for the initial drawing. I added the pastel this year.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Garden Buds

Happy new year. I hope this post finds you well and happy. I painted this piece in Pam's garden. The calla lilies were blooming as well as various other plants. Her front yard is now filled with succulents. It was fun to photograph. I liked these two buds because of the difference in their individual lines. I used a bamboo reed to do the initial sketch.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Owl Nest

I spotted this "screeching house" while Pam and I were hanging out at the botanical garden. I was attracted to the way the light kissed the leaves and the side of the structure. I completed the sketch on site and added paint later. The garden has grown even more luscious due to the drought ending in recent years.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Different Clouds Passing

Whenever I can, I get outside to sketch clouds. I work on small pieces of paper or canvas. I rarely if ever enlarge them. I like the challenge of getting them to be transparent.