Thursday, December 31, 2009


The new year. What will it bring? No one knows. One can only hope for the best and go forward with optimism. Open the box!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Large commissioned painting of St. Marys harbor(Georgia) in 1815. British ships anchored near Cumberland Island. Painting is underway...shown unfinished. At 6' X 4' this one takes over the studio. It's larger than my largest board so it hangs over the edges. Once I'm close to being finished, I'll stretch it on to a stretcher frame and finish the edges.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Santa Snacks

Several years ago I was commissioned by Brach Candies to paint Santa for a box of fruit snacks. They also ran the same image on a tin of peppermints. The candy he was holding was changed according to the package. I painted just the Santa here...someone else doing the graphics and lettering. As many artists are, I was inspired somewhat by Haddon Sundbloms renditions of Santa for Coke. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2009 Finale

The delightful Ashley V posed for our final drawing class of 2009. We listened to Bob Dylan's Christmas CD as well as Jimmy Buffet's. A great spread of Christmas goodies made it a party. Good turnout for a stormy December night. Drawing shown is 10 minutes, conte and pastel. Best wishes to Ashley in 2010 as she embarks on a new adventure, marriage!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Western Art

"Distant Thunder" shows a lone Indian woman on horseback overlooking a pastoral valley. Strong color and composition. 16X26 Oil on canvas. Unframed. Ready to ship at $675.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sargent Study

Medium sized study from a work by Sargent. Oil on canvas, framed, 14x18. "Repose". Ready to ship at $525.

Monday, December 7, 2009

These Boots are Made for Drawin'

Erin in red dress and boots in a reclining pose from a slight angle. I have a tendency to want to draw poses like this from a direct side vantage point but I stayed put tonight and took on the angled view...glad I did. I think it adds interest in a pose that might be a little flat otherwise. Good poses and good drawings all class long. 15 minutes $225

Friday, December 4, 2009

Revisited Ballerina

We did not have drawing class this week so I had no post but this is a recent conte and pastel drawing done in the studio from a series of photos of dance model Chelsea S. An online friend was interested in a similar, previous drawing that had already sold so I did this one for her to consider.