Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bradford Artists

Today for the first time I joined a very large group of artists who meet every other Saturday in Haverill, MA to draw and paint from a model and/or still life. I received a very enthusiastic welcome and intend to go back as often as I can. Our model was wonderful. He wore a beautiful martial arts costume, and practiced graceful sword moves during his rest time.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Row of trees

I have been meaning to paint this scene from Harvard, Mass. for years. This 9x7 pen & ink sketch is done on watercolor paper tinted with raw sienna. I am working on a large pastel for an upcoming show so it's difficult to find time for my small oils.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lily the cat

Trying out my new Winsor & Newton nut brown drawing ink. It dilutes into a wash without turning a strange color- a problem I had with my sepia calligraphy ink. Also flows from the pen much better. This is my cat's corner of the couch and she always takes the same pose with her face all squished up on one side.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Long Point lighthouse

I recently cropped and slightly altered this painting from last year. I want to also rework the section that is left over, which was on the right and showed two figures walking.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Art on display

Today I hung artwork at the Nashoba Medical Center in Ayer with other members of the Artists who share their gifts networking group. I have 18 paintings, some of which are shown above, and there are about 38 pieces total created by 4 different artists. They are all for sale, and will be on display until March 28, 2009.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Two quick figure sketches

My artist brother and I took our sketchbooks to a coffee shop this past weekend to test out his new brown ink pen. He had bought me a sketch pad with paper the color of a lunch bag, so I tried that out. Sketching in public areas is one of my favorite pasttimes and it's addictive. I just love people watching. In a coffee shop, the only people who sit still enough for a detailed drawing are the ones at their laptop. An elderly man with a cane, top hat and overcoat came in and we were both dying to sketch him, but unluckily he was ordering take out. We both had fun grumbling at our unsuspecting subjects' lack of cooperation.

Cleveland Museum of Art

A page from my sketch book. The image is from a Madonna and Child relief sculpture. The museum is currently in the middle of renovations so not much modern art to see right now.