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Slumps are like Spinach – Yucky but Good for You in the End


I haven’t created a significant amount of art, or anything other than writing, for the last nine months. So, this is what a slump feels like.

Now that it’s been long enough to see clearly what happened, it’s obvious I did it to myself. I took the joy out of creating so I quit and balked like a three year old at spinach. Continue reading Slumps are like Spinach – Yucky but Good for You in the End

A Clay Face – Just for Fun

Several days ago I had an idea to make my own clay model of a face for drawing practice. The idea isn’t mine, it’s from Bert Dodson’s “Keys to Drawing with Imagination” where he talks about modeling your own subjects then drawing them to achieve a more personal interpretation of the subject.

So, I went to the local Michael’s and bought some Laguna Self Hardening Clay. It comes in four colors, but I wanted the Terra Cotta for that natural look and because the lighter colors don’t show shadows and contrast as well for drawing features.

That’s my clay face up there and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out especially since I’m not accustomed to working with clay. It did remind me why I don’t work with clay – too messy! Things that get my hands dirty just aren’t my thing, but I wanted the end product enough to endure it.

Doing this did show me where my knowledge of facial anatomy needs work. Having to build it from scratch is a remarkable test of understanding. The nose and chin are purposefully exaggerated for character, the eyes turned out nicely, and the mouth could be more refined.

I’ll probably make another one or two of these to have on hand for models as well as giving me the chance to explore facial structure. No time yet to draw and paint from it but, look for artwork based on the clay face in future posts.

A Bird of Different Sort: Watercolor Rooster


This is an older painting from several months ago that was never posted. He’s actually the first bird of the sort that I’ve been doing lately. I was so pleased with him; it gave me the push to try the other birds.

He’s a little larger than 5 x 7 and painted only with Quinacridone Gold, Indigo, and Quinacridone Red. The green in the tail is from the Quin. Gold and Indigo mixed – I love that color every time it appears!

His face is sharpened with a touch of Prismacolor colored pencil that looks like Tuscan Red and Goldenrod. I didn’t write them down and don’t remember now which ones they were.

I hope you like him – he was a first of a kind!

Red Tailed Hawk Drawing

I haven’t done enough drawing lately and was feeling the lack. So, here’s a Red Tailed Hawk on gray paper. I think it’s Canson but it was in a stack of miscellaneous paper with no marks or labels so that’s a guess. This hawk is actually a warm toned bird in shades of brown, golds and cremes so my choice of cool colored pencils makes it look much starker.

I sketched the bird lightly with a fine point pencil, then used four Prismacolor colored pencils for the body and beak: Black, White, Indigo and Warm Gray 50%. Two more colors were added to enhance the eyes: Light Umber and Goldenrod.

This was a relatively fast study and, for what it’s worth, fast for me means around 30 to 45 minutes. Overall, I’m pleased with it but, as usual, there’s room for improvement.

Working with the pencils on the colored paper did start me thinking about using watercolor to tone and drawing on that. SO, I’ve got a couple of those lined up to experiment with. Let’s see where that goes!

On a painting note, a new cardinal is available at Etsy. I think he looks festive, so he’s a Christmas Cardinal with the name “Waiting.”


“Waiting”
Christmas Cardinal
5 x 7 Original Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting: A Green Beetle!

This is a little different subject, but I’ve always been fascinated by bugs. Not just the pretty ones like butterflies either. Maybe a new series here, there’s surely a lot of interesting bugs out there! What do you think? Any favorite bugs?
If you are wondering about the birds, I’m still working on birds of prey. As usual, the first painting is not what I had in mind so am working on more that I’m happy with. Currently in progress: American Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Coopers Hawk. I’ll post soon with news on those.
In the meantime, there is a set of 4 note cards available at Etsy or directly from me if you prefer.