Undated Portrait of My Brother

I was hoping to get some insight about portrait painting. I recalled that Picasso and Portraiture was chock full of interesting articles. When I opened it up, one of my old sketches fell out.  This is a portrait of my older brother Mike. Mike is low functioning and autistic and nonverbal and now resides in […]

Sketch of Giant Clouds Dwarfing the Landscape

I thought I could do justice to the photo I took the other day (Giant Clouds Dwarfing the Landscape) with a pencil sketch. The middle ground of the sketch came out the best. I captured the contrast between the white fluffy clouds in front of the gray face of the huge cloud. The gray clouds […]

Museum Patrons at Lunch

I went to an art museum today. I haven’t been to an inspiring place like that for a very long time.  I saw works of Van Gogh (oh, the texture!), Jawlensky, Klee, Rubens, Rembrandt and many others. I loved some of the compositions on paper by Degas: colored paper with lighter lines of pastes, were […]

Coloring Adventure’s First Big Mistake

I am getting ready to add color to my sketches. The other day I added watercolor to my sketch of the backyard. Aside from the resulting water-curled pages, the experiment was successful. After I sketched the man at the table (see below), I used Copic markers to add color. I read that Copic markers are […]

Tutor and Child

This is one of the first portrait-formatted, double-paged notebook sketches I drew in my 5×8 Moleskin journal. Physically, it is a very much different experience than drawing in the landscape orientation. The division between pages in the landscape format impedes the left-right (right-left)  stroke, which is easier for me to handle than the interrupted up-down […]

Back Yard Sketch, Colored

I added watercolor to this pencil sketch. I’m working toward changing the emphasis of my sketching from the past year’s meditation on waiting. I would like to fill my next sketch book with colorful pen and ink and pencil drawings. To this end, I am looking for a better sketch book. Water applied to the […]