The Family That Reads Together

I love this collection of people. Each has his/her own visual charm. I captured the slouch of the far right character (on the second try). I used a soft pencil to sketch this group portrait. This allows my initial marks to be spontaneous as well as visible (without overworking them, as I must do with […]

Grandson Portrait

At the kids’ house for the holidays. William, my grandson and I are having a great time. It is difficult to get him to sit still enough for me to sketch a portrait.  I waited for him to get involved with his iPad so he would be still. Here are some practice sketches: Here is […]

The Status is Quo

Nothing new. Although she hasn’t had anything to eat or drink in the past 4-5 days, my niece’s condition has not changed much. Cancer is winning. She is non-communicative, and breathing very hard. Many people who knew her have been by to see her and tell her they love her. There is not much else […]

Standpipe Portrait

We had a great time in LA, especially taking Sidra to the American Girl store. She was trembling with excitement the whole time we were there. We all had a wonderful time celebrating her 10th birthday. While she, Nanna, Mom, Dad and Auntie Sarah and Uncle Ted were perusing the doll paraphernalia, I took some time […]

The Simple Life

A week ago I was just getting back from seeing my families. In my original family, my place is that of a son and a brother; in my family of choice, I am a husband, stepfather and grandfather. My granddaughter calls me Zaydie out of respect for my Jewish heritage. It was her parents’ idea. […]