Sketch Book Series: Dogwood Blossoms (circa 2012)

This was an early attempt to capture the beauty of the dogwood blossoms outside my Mom and Dad’s house. Today is the (14th) anniversary of my father’s death. I can’t think of a dogwood tree without thinking of him. Once I asked Dad how he was able to identify a dogwood tree. “By its bark,” […]

Sketch Book Series: Tonal Value Practice (September 2008)

Ideally, one should create a tonal-value strip before each sketch. The range of darkest darks to lightest light tones would thereby be established. This should be done for pencil as well as pen and ink drawings. Pen and ink values are achieved by different cross hatching strokes, whereas pencil tonal values are achieved by strokes […]