Thursday, July 29, 2010


11" x 14" pastel on Strathmore paper | sold

She was the first canine model I drew solely from photographs...I hadn't met her. I know to draw what I see - not what I think I see, but realized that I really missed that part of the process, the introduction.

Cali was quite fun to draw...after hours of studying this face how could you not be happy?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

sketches of Cali

Tru wanted to play Sunday morning, but I wanted to get going in the studio. While working on some sketches for a commission, he surfaced in the drawing shown above. May I have another serving of guilt please?

: )

Focus...better measurements for the next few sketches...there she is! More tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


14" x 17" charcoal on paper | sold

At long last. Muscle memory is a wonderful thing.
Companion to Irene in the garden and in the gallery, sweet Sugar pulls it off with style and grace.

Sugar in MaMa's Garden 1

9" x 11" pastel on bristol

One shouldn't use bristol with pastels...and I was reminded of this while drawing Sugar. Though the paper has a matte surface, there's not enough tooth to hold the powdery pigment. Similar to how a chalkboard receives the chalk yet, just as easily, allows you to smear the powder about. yeah.
Given all that, I felt compelled to finish. Even though this isn't the final pose, it was fun to draw her in the garden. More soon.

Monday, July 26, 2010


She's a rescue with a wise, gentle spirit.
I've been sketching to finalize Sugar's pose and to capture her signature expression...which is not the sad one you see here. More tomorrow.