Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An abandoned boat

Sometimes it's fun to sketch in ink.  This boat had some interesting shapes and values.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Practicing folds

The more I practice drawing folds the more comfortable I feel drawing people.  Barbara Bradley has written a good book appropriately titled Drawing People with some good advice and exercises.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pigeon Point lighthouse

This is a small watercolor sketch of a photo that has been hanging in our house for years.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Remembering Shuttlesworth

The Reverend Shuttlesworth was one of the pivotal leaders of the civil rights movement.  My older daughter just completed a 10 day school trip following the footsteps of many of the great civil rights activists in the South.  She sent me a postcard with a picture of Shuttlesworth so I felt compelled to sketch this picture.

Learning to oil paint still lifes

I just finished a great 5 session course at the Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier with Mark Nardini.  I had never attempted oil painting and so it was a lot of fun to try out a new medium to play with.  I have been dabbling with watercolors for a few years and oil painting forces you to think and plan your composition quite differently. Here is a photo of the progress I made in my first attempt at oils.