Thursday, March 21, 2013

I had my students bring in something personal to add to the still life for our final class. One student brought a black duck decoy.  (Charles Reid has a decoy he uses in his still life with regularity and I've always wanted to paint one.)  Sitting down to help someone I saw the light on the decoy and knew I had to paint it! And fast, since it was going home with her! So quickly I sketched and painted it. Light and shape are what attract me most often to a subject. This had wonderful shapes and colors within the black.

Now classes are over for a few weeks. During this time I hope to set up my studio-- yes it's still a wreck --and get some things stored and organized.  Then I'm hoping to get back to a routine of painting and blogging regularly again!

My blog may go quiet again for a time, but look for me in a few weeks.  Rested, ordered and ready to paint and share!  Until then, paint for me!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Still taking my art where I can get it! I sat down today to show a student how to tackle those yellow daffodils that are in the stores now and will be blooming outdoors soon. I love the beginning of this painting. Unfortunately, I won't have time to finish it anytime soon and those flowers won't last! Luckily, there are more where they came from!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Keeping it Going!

I started this drawing of an eye to show a student. Using the colored paper as a middle value with two pastel pencils-white for highlights and caput mortuum for shadow and half tone. Right now, with my studio in boxes and no time to tackle it right now, I do my art whenever I can! After class i had the bug and continued the drawing for a while longer. While it still has some flaws, it scratched the itch! Felt good to put pencil to paper again. And since my studio and supplies are all still in boxes until I get things unpacked elsewhere-I take my art where I can get it! Don't know if Scott is on this list, but if you are--here's our guy finished! How do you like it and how is yours shaping up? Send photos!
A new Facebook friend, Kelly, has been inspiring me with her art on a 30 day journey of her own. She does her art while her young one naps! Recently she posted a beautiful self portrait. I've never done one! Another goal on the list! Thanks Kelly!
Now, until next time, keep it going any way/any time you can!