A nice, peaceful scene of a still pond on a bright, sunny day. I punched the color up a bit and kept the composition simple. Thanks for visiting!
Monday, June 12, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
A late afternoon scene in the shadows with the bright, colorful light in the sky and clouds. I am very happy with the final result. I like how all the different trees have their own character, colors and light. Has kind of an old world feel. Thanks for visiting!
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
This is my first attempt at using a toned paper. The paper color is tan but it looks gray in the photo. It was quite a challenge rendering her subtle smile and captivating eyes. Thanks for visiting!
This is the character 'Tauriel' played by actress Evangeline Lilly in the movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug". I tried to capture the soft look in her eyes. I really enjoyed drawing this piece. Thanks for visiting!
I sketched this poetic piece from the warmth of my car on a cold winter day. The variety in the tree was very interesting. I used vine charcoal, which is very soft, to lay in the basic shapes, then I used my kneaded eraser to help refine the shapes. Enjoy!
Friday, March 17, 2017
A portrait of a friend done with charcoal on bristol vellum. This one was quite a challenge and is a bit overworked. But the end result is very satisfactory to me. I believe I got her likeness quite well. Thanks for visiting!
Friday, December 9, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
"Dusk by the River"
Another plein air sketch along the Merrimack river Now I am looking the other way downstream. There were people on the rocks fishing and children running around. It was later in the day so the sun was starting to set. Note the sunshine on the far shore. Vine charcoal on sketch paper. Thanks for visiting!
"Railroad Trestle Bridge"
"Railroad Trestle Bridge II"
What a beautiful area this is along the Merrimack river in Bedford, NH. There is a rocky outcrop that I can sit on and have many views all around. This is a railroad trestle bridge that is still in use. I just recently discovered this area - only a couple miles from my home. Plein air sketch in vine charcoal on sketch paper. Enjoy!
This is a sketch of a friend. It was quite a lot of work to get everything just right. I am happy with the results. This is charcoal on bristol vellum. Thanks for visiting!
I've always liked the actress Rachel McAdams. She is very beautiful and a great actress. For some reason this was particularly difficult to do. It took me longer than usual but I am happy with the results! Thanks for visiting!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
I found this beautiful spot along the Ashuelot river on a small dirt road just off the main roadway. It was very quiet and peaceful and a perfect spot for painting. I wanted a fairly loose look with fresh color. Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I tried to capture the beautiful light in this winter scene. The icy river in the background against the warm colors of the sun made a nice contrast. I liked slapping on the juicy strokes on this one! Thanks for visiting!
Friday, April 29, 2016
I sat in a lawn chair in this nice, quiet neighborhood and sketched this wonderful old tree for a couple of hours one summer day. It was early evening and it was so peaceful. It was quite a challenge but I enjoyed the experience. Thanks for visiting!
Saturday, April 23, 2016
I went out late today to do a quick plein air piece on this blustery spring day. I stood in the shadow of a giant pole for shade as I painted. As the sun was setting it got cold, windy, and the pole shadow kept moving so I had to move my easel with it! Frustrating! :) Well, the cold made me hurry up more so this ended up being a 1 hour study. Thanks for visiting!