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.