Saturday, December 24, 2005

New Painting

The third one of Tess. Should be done pretty soon; I have plenty of time to work on it. I just need to finish the hair and then touch up the face and neck. It's 14.5"x14".

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Christmas weekend and the cafe was packed. Managed to get a good table and some good sketches, too.

Monday, December 19, 2005


Tess, 26" x 20"
(This is the first one of Tess.)

Portrait of Tess, 23"x23"
And the second Tess, just finished today.

I also have a third one of the same girl that I started today. I'll post pictures of that once I get some more work done on it. Which should be relatively soon, seeing as I'm finally done with school for the semester.

Friday, December 16, 2005



Finally finished. Actually, it's been finished, but I've only just now gotten around to photographing it.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


I still don't have any pictures of paintings to post, so here's another drawing I did in class. Cow skull, I think, but I can't really tell all the different skulls in the room apart. This was from back in October or so. Charcoal on paper, 18"x24".

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Drawing I did in class a couple of weeks ago of a bust of Venus. Charcoal and white conte crayon on green paper, 18" x 24".

Monday, December 12, 2005


I brought my sketchbook with me to class today and drew for the first ten minutes before the teacher started his lecture. I should've been doing that all year. Unfortunately, I didn't get much time to sketch.

I also went out to the cafe and drew for a few minutes. It was emptying out by the time I got there, so I really didn't get much done. I ended up taking out my pen and a bottle of ink and making a few nice little sketches. The pen and ink wasn't as noticeable as I thought it would be, but that might be because there was practically nobody in the cafe to notice. Anyway, a brush would be really obvious, so I don't think I'll ever do that.

This little girl was sitting in front of the fireplace drinking her soda.

Sunday, December 11, 2005


I haven't been able to paint much lately because of school and work and it's been driving me nuts. So I sat down and did a pen and ink of a drawing from my sketchbook.

It would be nice to find some place to do pen and inks of people from life, but that would be way too attention-grabbing. I think I'd end up with a lot of people either looking over my shoulder or running the other way.

The drawing is brown and black ink on vellum bristol board.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


I took an oil painting class at my community college last semester. I didn't get much out of it, other than a new appreciation for just how hard oils are. Four months of that class was even to convince me that oils aren't my calling. They're alright, I just don't like them as well as watercolor. I think I would have liked them more if I had been experimenting with them on my own. I hated them during class hours and when I was rushing to get the minimum number of paintings done (which was most of the time), but when I came into the room early enough to be the only one there, it was kind of nice. I managed to have a little bit of fun on the final just because I had to come in early and stay late to work on it every day.

All that backstory just to say this is an 8"x10" I did of a grisly sort of goat head that was (and is) floating around the art lab. The goat was missing a nose--the mice chewed through it. I think it's the nicest thing I did during the class, apart from the two nudes that I never finished and the cow skull that got into the student show. I'd post a picture of that cow skull too, but it's missing somewhere... I think I forgot to pick it up after the student show. The oil painting teacher probably has it stashed away in his office somewhere.

Sunday, December 04, 2005


Still don't have any pictures of my new painting (which is now finished). Now I'm working on a second one of the same girl. So until I get more pictures taken, here's another sketch. Sort of recent. I think I did it about two or three weeks ago. My drawing professor loves it.

Monday, November 28, 2005


I started a new painting Friday and got a major amount of work done on it over the weekend, but I don't have any pictures of it yet. In the meantime, here's an old sketch.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Baby Studies

I hit the jackpot today--dozens of little children running around for me to draw. Glad I went.

A little blond girl that was running around asking everyone what their name was. At least that's what it sounded like she as saying.

A little girl that was standing outside with her mama.

A really beautiful, happy baby at a table near me. The only time she frowned was when she dropped her teething ring.

Monday, November 21, 2005


I had some free time last Wednesday afternoon, so I got the chance to hang around the cafe and draw. Here's a businessman I sketched.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Margaret Again

Got a good amount of work done on this over the past few days.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Between yesterday and today, I got a good amount of work done on Margaret. I really hated to quit this afternoon, but I have other things to do (sadly).

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

November Show

Portrait of Katie (2" x 3")

Katie, Deep In Thought (3" x 4")

My two miniature Katies were juried into this month's all media show at the Art League. You can see them on the wall in the Art League's gallery inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

105 N Union Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Monday, November 07, 2005

A New Painting

Here's a picture of the one I'm working on now. It only has about eight hours of work on it, and it's almost a full sheet, so it'll take longer to finish than the others. The model is a natural redhead.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Friday, November 04, 2005


The first Megan is finally done.

Cafe & Campus Center Sketches

Some sketches I did of people in the coffee house and of people playing pool in the Campus Center.

An employee at Panera.

Kid playing pool.

Another kid playing pool.

Studies of some women that were in Panera that day.

The pool sketches were the hardest to get; the players moved around too fast. They move so fast that I can't draw that many lines, so I have to use a brush pen. If I just use a regular pen, the sketch comes out looking bare.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

More Paintings

Here's some more of the Katies. These were all done in the spring and summer.

This one's a full sheet (30"x22").

And this one's a quarter sheet.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A Couple More Paintings...

...and then it's quits for the day. I got around to photographing stuff just like I said I would, even though I didn't get to a few sketches that I wanted to. I'll hold off on posting the sketches for now. Here's the first Katie

and the last Katie.

The first one's a full sheet of 300lb cold press paper (30"x22"). The second one is a quarter sheet.

More Watercolors

Katie, Looking Down. 17" x 22". My favorite of all the Katies.

Megan, Step-by-Step

Well, more like day-by-day. This painting is finished now (more or less), but it needs to be flattened, so I haven't taken the final photograph yet. It took about two weeks.

An old sketch...

... from 2004. This was on the beach at the Outer Banks (NC). Done with a micron pen on 140lb. cold press watercolor paper.


Hands (sold)

Hands with Bangles