Thursday, October 19, 2017

On My Easel - Woman in Red Dress - Torchsinger - acrylic figurative in progress

Much to work out here - I hope without doing too much modeling of the figure.  I love torch singers and am thinking that may be what she is, with her scarf/handkerchief in her hand (needing work).  I took the pose from Nude with a Fan, posted earlier on my blog.  First, I covered the 12 x 12" canvas with black gesso and started from there.  Don't know if I will keep the little picture on the wall, probably not.  And her arms, especially, need work - who am I kidding - it all needs work and that's the fun of it!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - when I'm finished with this painting, I will post it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sketch of Heather - pastel pencil portrait drawing

One of my favorite poses - the model is looking over her shoulder, although it's a tough pose to hold.  Heather has the most beautiful coloring - always a pleasure to draw her.  I used my Caran d'Ache pastel pencils on 12 x 9" tinted pastel paper.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tango Drama #5 - original figurative oil painting

How they do this and then keep on dancing is beyond me!  I would be finished if I attempted this sort of thing, but the dancers are in such fabulous shape that it doesn't seem to bother them a bit!  This piece is 12 x 12" - thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Maureen - original oil pastel portrait drawing

Always happy to work from the model, I tried not to make the drawing as scribbly as it usually is when I attend a group.  It's still pretty loose, though.  I used Sennelier oil pastels on Colourfix paper, 12 x 9".  Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Favorite Thing - original oil figurative painting

This is the sort of thing I've painted many times - probably because I just love to settle in with a good book.  And I love painting on the square surface.  All around good fun for me.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Warm-Up - original oil pastel figurative drawing

These young girls - the three at the barre anyway - are warming up for their lesson.  I think the older girl was rehearsing in the adjacent studio.  This oil pastel is on Colourfix paper, 12 x 9".  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Live Oak Twig - original graphite drawing

Here's a little drawing I did for a landscape class - a live oak twig from my front yard.  The thing that looks sort of like an acorn isn't - I think it's called a gall and is caused by an insect.  It definitely gives some more texture to the drawing.  About 8.5 x 5.5" - from my sketchbook.  Thanks for stopping by!

On The Platform - original mixed media figurative drawing

This was a scene on the subway platform - don't know what it means - just something I saw.  I used oil paint, charcoal and oil pastel on 8 x 10" panel.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Red Lines Flamenco - original Sharpie sketch

A fun little thing (about 8.5 x 5.5").  The paper looks slightly green, but in real life, it's white - just my lackluster photography skills.  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Dancer's Nap - oil pastel figurative

I bought some of the 6 x 12" landscape Pastelbord panels and have used a few for just that purpose,  but I just couldn't resist this pose from an earlier drawing.  Plus, she looked like a torch singer, and for some reason, I have such a soft spot for these ladies.   I left many of the lines, because I'm always looking for a way to keep from covering all the lines with paint - or, in this case, oil pastel.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Palo Duro - original oil pastel landscape

Okay, just posted a more correct photo.
Although there's a little cool pink in here - and a little blue, neither one is showing up.  But this piece is definitely done in mostly warm colors, which is unusual for me.   Gotta depart from the usual once in awhile.  Click here for the Palo Duro website.  I was there a couple of years ago and have lots of sketches and photos from my visit.  It's a beautiful place and well worth a visit!  This painting is on 6 x 12" Pastelbord.  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Akimbo - original charcoal figurative drawing

How I love to draw with charcoal!  And I was lucky to get this pose - it was kind of dark where we were, but still am pleased with the outcome, even though I didn't totally "finish" it.  I just love when I get almost to the bottom of a figurative drawing, just getting really loose and making it more about line.  A bit about charcoal - I used a vine charcoal here, so lovely and soft, but there are other forms of this fabulous medium:  Click here to read a little about it.  This drawing is about 14 x 8".  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Sketch for Sunday - Man in Boat - charcoal figurative drawing from life

On Saturdays, I like to get out and do sketches of whatever I can find  - and I found this guy.  I had just a moment to capture him and the essence of the scene, which could end up being a little painting.  With maybe a little more detail, of course.  It was fun and I think sketching from life always helps my drawing immensely.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On My Easel - Cowboy - oil pastel figurative work in progress

Hoping to get this finished tomorrow, it's 6 x 12" on Ampersand Pastelbord, which is so great.  I love dogs and love seeing cowboys and their dogs - the best.  Much to do, but such a pleasure to work on  this subject and on Pastelbord.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Playing Guitar - oil pastel figurative drawing


Hey, Houston, Corpus Christi, Victoria and all of y'all down that way coping with this disaster - hope you're safe!

Although I'm not totally finished with this piece, I just decided to go ahead and post - will finish it tomorrow.  I used Sennelier oil pastels on Sennelier oil pastel paper, 9 1/2 x 6 1/2".  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sunday Sketchbook - black and white sketchbook drawings


This page is one I worked on today - mostly plants, for some odd reason, but that's what I was mainly seeing, I guess.  This is just one of three sketchbook pages I did.  It's about 8 1/2 by 11", well, probably a bit more with the spiral.  The tree is water-soluble pencil, and everything else is vine charcoal.  Thanks so much for looking!  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Moment of Truth - original charcoal figurative drawing

Did he see it through?  This drawing was done on Mi-Teintes paper, 12 x 9".  I used a stump along with my charcoal pencils (General's Primo, black and white).  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sky Practice - oil landscape/sky painting

This is one of my practice pieces from the sky painting class that I'm taking.  Landscape has never been my thing, but I'm trying something new here.  And it's fun.  This is on canvas board, 6 x 8".  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Black and White Country Luv - original charcoal figurative drawing

After the rodeo dances here in Junction a couple of weekends ago, I have lots and lots of two stepper drawings and paintings.  Here's one of my faves.  It's about 11 x 8 " - it's actually on 12 x 9" paper, but I've matted it smaller.  This is on Bee Drawing paper and I'm really glad to see this brand around again - bought it at Michael's.  Love the paper, although it's not as forgiving as some others, it's still a pleasure to draw on.  With me, I make so many changes and erasures - I sort of like to mess up the surface a little -  I love paper and love to work it over.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

End of Day Little Portrait Sketch - original oil portrait sketch of a young girl

I was cleaning my palette and with the models that I'm blessed with this week, I did this quick little portrait.  It's on 8 x 6" canvas board, using only the soft colors that I've been using in the sky painting course I'm taking.  So not the usual oranges, etc that I usually use for people.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Sketch of the Model Cinda - original portrait sketch

I had plans to put in a vase of flowers in back of Cinda, but, alas, didn't have enough time.  Always the story.  Did this with Caran d'Ache pastel pencils.  They are heavenly!  Not too powdery and really good for drawing.  It's on Art Spectrum smooth, which is delightful to work with.  I love Art Spectrum's lightly toothed paper for oil pastels because it really grabs the oil pastels, but this smoother one is perfect for pastel pencils and doesn't grind down the points.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Piano Practice - acrylic figurative sketch

Okay, not perfect, but a fun drawing of an earnest piano student mastering Bach - I think it was.  I used a stick with acrylic on cold press watercolor paper and in some places, I used my finger and more water to smudge.  This drawing is about 9 x 9".  Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 04, 2017

On My Easel - Sketch for Reading - original pastel pencil portrait in progress

Much to do on this one, but just thought I should post something, even though nothing much is finished.  On Colourfix board, which is great to work on.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Red Flamenco - original acrylic figurative

Hung up on flamenco at the moment - today I listened to Spanish gypsy music.  Lots of wailing and emotion, just like real flamenco.  Kind of a different grip on the fan, but she really did it, then deftly flipped it around without a hitch - if they only knew how difficult it is to portray - oh well, it's good practice!  My Able Assistant seems to approve - I've started showing him all my work - not just some of it.  When he looks confused, I figure the piece needs more work - but no confusion today.  Just wagging of his little stub of a tail (cocker spaniel) - always a good sign!  On 10 x 10" canvas.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blue Flamenco #3 - original ink and watercolor figurative

I could have done a bit more, or even a lot more, but I just decided to stop here.  Will paint more of these, I'm sure, but the landscape course that I'm taking sort of demands my time and thought a lot more than I thought it would.  When I get a few more things finished in that genre, maybe I'll post a few, but for now, they're in hiding.  This piece is about 12 x 7".  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Do-Si-Do - acrylic figurative painting

I painted this one with regular heavy body acrylic paint, which dries really quickly, unlike the Golden Open that I love and most often use.  Not sure if I will perhaps include another couple or another dancer.  Probably not.  There's enough happening without additional figures.  These figures are from a painting that I did last summer after observing the dancers following the August rodeo in Junction, Texas.  What a rich night for a figure painter that was!  I not only drew furiously, but snapped lots of pictures for later use in the studio.  This painting is 10 x 8" on panel and although I was taught that you should vary your brushes and brushstrokes in a painting, I used a #8 bright for the whole thing.  Just lazy, maybe.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Curlicues - original ink drawing

Since I haven't posted in awhile - busy with lots of happy things - here is an ink drawing of an ironwork balcony I did earlier in the summer.  It's about 9 x 5 1/2" - thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nude on Aqua Paper - original nude drawing

Here's one I drew a few months ago on aqua paper, using colored pencils.  Great model to work with, too!  It's about 12 x 5 1/2".  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tango Romance - original acrylic figurative painting

Here's a 7 x 5" tango painting on panel, done with acrylic - my new replacement for oil.  Just makes life easier.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tiny Spaniel - original charcoal drawing

I love dogs and here is a little drawing - about 8 x 11" - that I did of a King Charles Cavalier spaniel.  One of my boards on Pinterest is about dogs - when you have a minute, please check it out!  Thanks for stopping by!