Sunday, May 28, 2017


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recent Ruminations

Culling and collating

While sifting through my back sketches, looking for candidates for a series of observed life paintings, I paused on these. They did not make the cut but do mark a time in my life, oh let's say, 20+ years ago.

Memory sketch, San Francisco

Small sketch from life

Small sketch from life

Small sketch from life


Monday, March 13, 2017

Large Sketch Test

Continuing the large sketch
material test

This time, working from a 5 min sketch from the previous post, I started with charcoal pencil drawing, staying in the 5-10min mentality, then rubbed a medium grey pastel over the entire page (no pic of that, dang-it). The Charcoal drawing worked as a ghosted image as I worked the contours, lite and shadow sides with Conte sticks.

Back and forth at the light and darks, smudge a bit, repeat.... STOPPPPP!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Nutmeg Ballet Session

Grateful to Five Points Gallery and the The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts for the opportunity to draw the dancers.

Used some different materials and worked on a larger scale. Still experimenting with the right combo of materials for working large. 

White and black conte crayons this time. Click on image for larger view.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Old Studies

Connecting back to old studies
to determine a new direction

There was a time, 1990 or so ago, that I attempted to gather enough observed moments and work them into paintings. Life intervened and the project shelved, fortunately I saved them. 

I'll be looking for new inspiration in the coming months to add to the possibilities. 

This one is a strong contender. Observed while waiting in a church for the deceased to arrive.
I think this one is too focused on the activity. A patron observing or showing prospective sale or purchase of some art to an antique dealer. 
This one works for me even tho is has a humorous side. Two active boys in hooded snorkel coats snagging some candy.

These two I worked up into larger pastels back in the day. I may have a color slide of the final work, may.
These two I like but are so focused on the individual.

This page was all imagined moments, they seem too narrative to me.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Early '90s sketches

To go forward sometimes you need to look back

Been inspired lately to get back into working from observed moments, however fleeting, then work them into paintings.

Was at it back in the 90's. Started out just sketching people often long after they had left, called them memory sketches.

Next I'll post some that I developed further into compositional studies for paintings. 

I think the guy on the right was in medical garb.

Brown ink with white on toned paper

Brown ink with white on toned paper

Black ball point pen with white on toned paper


Degas' little bronze dancer. Brown ink on white paper

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Recent Figure Work

Part of prepping for the new sessions of figure drawing involves cleaning out the old art and checking supplies.

Some of the 2016 effort here.

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