Three hours of relaxing Spanish Guitar music on YouTube, a shot of Pilon coffee, and acrylic black markers and it’s a good morning on the west coast of Florida! Happy Monday! xo
“Picture yourself in a boat on a river…” “Marmalade Skies” is another 16″ X 20″ piece in acrylics. This is a perfect canvas size for portraits and it feels good to work larger. Some say she looks like Winona Ryder, but the whole process was … Continue readingAnother Portrait Inspired by The Beatles
In my previous post I shared the beginnings of this painting and now she’s complete and hanging at Kozuba & Sons Distillery. Stop by and check her out if you happen to be in St. Pete. She’d love to see you.
Up until now all the meditative ink drawings I’ve done have been on paper and I thought, why not take the process onto a large canvas? Yesterday I began to do just that and above is my work in progress on a 16 X 20 canvas. … Continue readingBringing Ink Drawing to the Canvas
With pens and markers, thick paper and a little imagination, we can all create interesting works of art. For starters, any paper will do and inexpensive Sharpies (or washable markers) in a variety of sizes will work just fine. Note: When using a thin sheet, like … Continue readingDrawing Images, Designs and Patterns in Ink
After experimenting with charcoal alone it’s fun to add other media into the mix, just to see what happens. Here’s the effect from using red ink and a dropper. I left a few areas untouched on the lips for a lighter value and shine. This “Rainy … Continue readingCharcoal Portraits with Other Media
Because not all parts of a drawing are bad, we can save what we like for future collage use. Why not? Here’s the best part of my recent mistake: In the future I may want to glue her onto a canvas and see what happens, … Continue readingSave Your Drawing Mistakes!
I found this little gem on YouTube by one of my favorite Artists from Indonesia. Check it out. You’ll learn a lot from a quick watch.
Experimenting on a smaller size paper of the kind you plan to use for a larger, final piece is a good idea. I use my 9 X 12 Strathmore 400 series sketchbook to explore different techniques and see how they’ll react to the paper before … Continue readingExploring with Charcoal
I’ve been falling in love with charcoal and like anything else, to get better at it, I practice daily. I always tell those in my portrait drawing classes, when trying something new, we are all beginners, but not for long. I keep the Newsprint set … Continue readingCharcoal Portrait in 18 X 24