Sunday, August 30, 2009

I can do it myself!

Today I made a wastebasket. My very first basket all by myself with out the safety net of having my teacher there to bail me out if I got into trouble. It is a pretty simple basket, but it is all mine--no pattern, no instructions. It is about 11.5 inches tall and 9 inches in diameter. It is finished except for the stain and that can't be done until it is totally dry.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A regal pose

Here is another pet portrait from my easel. Newton is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is a beautiful boy and the graphite pencil makes a very formal portrait.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Off to see the Wizard!

I just got back from the annual HOOT (Heart of Ohio Tole) painting convention. This year the theme was Painting Up a Storm (the Wizard of Oz). My traveling companions and I were only there for 3 days. Two of us took a couple of classes and the other two only went so they could go to the trade show. The best class I took was a colored pencil class taught my Marian Jackson. This project was done on Mi-Tientes paper. I thought it was a lovely design.

In addition to taking a class and attending the trade show, I was also privileged to be asked to present a demonstration. My demonstration was the little raccoon done in graphite. About 30 people attended my demo. It was a good trip.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I See You!

Here is a tiny graphite drawing of a Calico cat. I chose to crop the photo very close to make it more interesting. The work is done on Bristol Plate paper using graphite pencils. The finished size is approximately 3x3. The reference photo is on the left.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What's on my easel?

I have been working on a couple of graphite pieces. This one is a work in process at the moment. It is being created based on a photo we took in Colonial Williamsburg. This piece is approximately 4x6 ad is being done on Bristol Plate paper.