Sunday, April 30, 2006

Looking Down

Started a new one today:

This is about five hours' work.

Mother and Daughter

Finished it this weekend. I'll put a better picture up once it's flattened and photographed and all that good stuff.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Mentioned on DC Art News

Art critic F. Lennox Campello recently reviewed the April Art League Show, which includes my Hands with Bangles, on his blog. Here is an excerpt from his article:

"My favorite piece in the show was another stunning watercolor by Jenny Davis. This piece, titled "Hands with Bangles," continues to establish the young Davis (daughter of equally talented watercolorist Tanya Davis) as one of the prime watercolorists in our area. Completely self-taught, the young Davis, who has just finished High School, already masters the most difficult of mediums in her obvious mastery over transparent watercolors. While I was there staring in rapture-like ecstasy at her watercolor, I was informed that Jenny had recently been accepted to the Torpedo Factory as one of its newest (and youngest) artist members and will soon have a studio there."

You can find the whole article here.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Another Classroom Sketch

Mostly the same people as before, though. Foreign Policy is the only class I have where I have time to draw and where I know the teacher won't mind. But it's a really small class, so there's not that much variety in subject matter...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A New Painting

Or not new, actually. I've been working on it since the 9th. It's slow going because of how much homework I have and how little time I have to paint. Only 25 more days until the semester ends and I'll have all day, every day to paint! I can't wait.
So anyway, this is a new mommy and a new little baby (plus a cat in the background).

I'll post it again when it's finished.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

(Or drawing with the left hand, at least.)
I got to hang out with my friend Erika today and we spent hours It was so fun... I only wish I'd had better pencils with me. I borrowed Erika's charcoal pencils to do these three:

I drew this with my left hand... (I'm right-handed.)

... and this with my right hand.

These were Erika's hands while she was drawing me. (Used my right hand again.)

Oh, and here's a sketch from my last trip to the library that I never posted:

And that's all for now.

Friday, April 21, 2006

More Doodles...

... Literally, doodles. I brought my sketchbook with me to my foreign policy class yesterday night and decided to start doodling in that rather than in my notebook. That class involves a lot of note-taking, so I ended up shuffling both books around in my lap, drawing with my regular pencil, and switching back and forth from sketching to writing. I think I should start doing that more often. I forgot how much fun it is to actually sketch (in a sketchbook) people in school... I just haven't done it because I take so many notes in all my classes.

It was actually a little bit harder drawing in class than in a cafe, because when people are eating, they tend to look in the direction of the person they're with. In class, everybody's looking up, down, up, down, back, forth, etc. It's especially hard to draw the professor - he paces a lot.
Anyway, here's a page full of doodles of classmates.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Some Doodles...

Got out of botany early yesterday so I went to the library to draw for a bit. I only had thirty minutes, though, not enough time to do anything very detailed, so I just doodled.

Friday, April 07, 2006

German Landscape

I actually finished this sometime last week, but I never got around to photographing it until now. I meant it to be just a little doodle to keep me busy between portraits, but it turned out a lot nicer than I expected. It's 6"x8" on vellum Bristol board.
I did a drawing in ink...

... and then went over it in watercolor.

It didn't take too long to do. I was going through old photos last week and found a picture of this German town and was actually interested by it... Which is strange, because usually I'm not attracted to painting landscapes at all. I don't have the patience to do large areas of green. (Which is why I did this one tiny.) I wouldn't have had the patience to do it if I'd been trying to paint the same thing any bigger.
It's a pretty big departure from my normal style, but it's fun. I like doing that now and then... But I still prefer my normal style of painting, at least for portraits.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Jurying

I made it! I'm now juried into the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The Newly Juried Artists Exhibition will be in Target Gallery from April 7th to April 15th. One piece from each juried artist will be on display.

Also, I have one painting hanging in the Art League Gallery (located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center) for the April all media show.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at
105 N Union Street
Alexandria VA 22314

This one is on display in Target Gallery...

... and this one is in the Art League.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Here's the final pic of my Portrait of K.J.

Still no new paintings... I have a little one done, but I still need to flatten it. Meanwhile, I've got an avalanche of homework to get done.