Thursday, September 23, 2010

happy birthday to me!

charcoal on Strathmore paper

Jack will be 13 tomorrow. He's thrilled as you can see here! We're celebrating with walks and treats and a almost every other day.

: )

I'm painting a series of skyscapes and charcoal sketches really get me limbered-up for the range of values needed. Artist Laurel Daniel is exceptional in capturing the subtleties and contrasts in her landscapes.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


9" x 9" charcoal sketch on paper

Completed sketch of Wiseguy. What a difference with a darker background. Seeing the shuffling back and forth of foreground to background when altering the values never ceases to amaze and amuse me.

Will be doing more.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Pruning my flowers again...they all seem so innocent, don't they?

6" x 9" charcoal sketch

Either I will go back into this sketch of Wiseguy or start another tomorrow as I wanted to reveil as much of his features with as little light as possible. Handsome soul.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I hear you

22" x 30" charcoal on Rives BFK he's not so small.

This is the drawing I was referring to in a previous post. I've been sketching for days now trying to get Diamond's expression and the lighting just right. It was a bit tricky as he was blasted with sunlight from above but also bathed by the light reflecting up from the concrete pad.

You can set your clocks by this sweet ol' soul...stopping by the studio doorway for his afternoon snack. He takes a look inside, turns his head with ears tracking where you might be, then winnies.
Who has who trained here?
: )

Friday, September 10, 2010


11" x 14" charcoal drawing on Strathmore | sold

props swirling above
escaping the summer heat
in the afternoon
: )