Monday, February 22, 2010

Frodo's Dead...That's What I Said

New model, Ashleigh did a wonderful job for us tonight...great poses to costume. Sort of a Hobbit/Tavern Wench cross. Elf ears were a nice touch! For some unknown reason we listened to Curtis just seemed like the right thing to do. Drawing shown is a 15 minute, conte and pastel.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


New painting underway of Katie T and those aforementioned pleats! Detail of a 24x30 oil.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


In honor of the winter Olympics, I've painted an allegorical work called "Winter". Actually, I started this painting last year as a fairly normal, realistic, true color painting of dancer Chelsea S. As with other works that I'm not 100% happy with, I tacked it up in the studio to "look at" for a while. Over time, I gradually kept painting everything but the hands and the rose back to a cool, lower key, blue. It took it's own direction...I followed. It represents something I'm really looking forward to...winter's transition into spring. Shown 85% complete here. 24x30. Click on the image for a better look.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ground Control to Major Tom

David Bowie on CD and James S modeling as a bohemian character holding a gnarly walking stick...good times. 15 minute sketch in conte and pastel. $225.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day Art

Nothing says "I Love You" like a magnificent Sunbrella. This is an illustration from way back...mid to late 80's(??) that uses the look of a romance novel to sell outdoor umbrellas. A "novel" idea I say...regardless, it was a fun assignment and appropriate for Valentine's Day. Hope everyone has a good one!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Donna's photo reminded me of one taken at Ringling School of 1980-1981?? Richard Jordan was doing a photo assignment for class and I was the subject. BTW kids, don't hold your x-acto knives in your mouth..I'm just thayin.

39 and Holding

 My friend, photographer Donna Rosser, posted a photo of me
at the drawing class talking about something extremely
intellectual I'm sure. Donna is posting a photo a day for
a year. I'm number 39 which just so happens to be my age...
Donna's Blog:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Megan Monday

First night for dance model Megan. She did a very nice job for us...loved this pose and drawing. Seated on the edge of the platform...semi fetal position. I rarely draw the chair, platform or anything but the figure in these studies. 15 minutes... conte and pastel

They call me Mr. Pleats

Finished with the painting previously posted. Added details and depth in hands..and a better photo since last look. Still not a perfect copy....I'm seeing some glare in lower right corner. Also a little more work on the baseboard and chair. Model, Katie T.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Sitting Corner

I've been within an hour of finishing this painting since early December. It's been tacked to a board waiting for me to get a small break from commissions. Shown is a detail, still unfinished but close. I'll post a final later when it's stretched. Model is Katie T in a dress overflowing with pleats. Intimidating color and details but it's been fun to paint...we should always challenge ourselves. 24X36.

Timucuan progress

Progress continues on the Cumberland Island Timucuan village painting. I hope to be mostly finished within a week or two. Lots of detail still to be added as well as figures and shore activity that haven't even been added yet. 4'X6'

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dr. Hook and the Ballerina Show

Emily M graced us with a really beautiful tutu and artistic poses tonight at the drawing class. Dr. Hook serenaded the small but enthusiastic group. Two drawings shown were 15 minutes sketches. Conte and pastel.
$225 ea.