Wednesday, January 17, 2018


When you do a series based on the same image, you know eventually something special is going to show up.  So every day you do something and most of the time it is ordinary.   I do try to push the envelope each time and explore something a little different.  Here I have elongated the face because my iPhone screen is long and narrow so my digital drawings needed to follow that format.   This is a painting I started today. The surface was a collage I had created a few years ago.  I liked it so much that I saved it for just the right image to place on top.  I thought this one would work.  I made sure that the papers showed through in the finished work.  Sometimes i wind up covering over the beautiful papers  and I hate when that happens.  You can click on the image to see it in better detail.

Here are the digital images I had fun with this week.  The first one is using a script for the continuous line. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Every year around December, I take some quiet time to contemplate what I would like to focus on for the coming year.   I consider all aspects of my life.  this helps me to focus and set some concrete action plans to move forward.  Art is a major activity in my life and I have found by limiting my activity to a few ideas, I actually expand my growth and accomplish more than just drifting along with no direction.

Lately I have discovered some exciting artists who have ideas I want to incorporate into my work.  They work in mixed media and in abstract ways.  These are areas I wish to grow my knowledge.   Of course, for me, drawing and portraiture will be part of the mix.  Robyn Mcclendon is one of the artists I have been watching on YouTube videos .   She has been doing a 365 day practice for a number of years now.  She has inspired me to do a daily practice for the coming year.  So far, I have not missed a day!!!!  Maybe it is a little early to celebrate!

Jane Davies is the other artist I absolutely love!!   I have signed up to take an on-line course with her starting in February.  This will be an interesting adventure.  

This is the image I have decided to concentrate on for the coming year.  I have a few variations if I run out of steam.  It is an image of my son that I love and have done several major paintings based on this image.  It continues to be a favorite.   I am calling it Man of the Year.  I have decided to do a drawing a day for the year.  I am convinced that daily practice will produce great rewards.  The last time I did a years' worth of drawings was perhaps my most productive, so I am counting on this practice to fulfill my goals   The other goal I wish to pursue is doing a small abstract collage each day.  I can only accomplish the collage on the days I am in my studio.  So far I have combined the daily drawing with the collage when in the studio.  The best part of this daily project is being able to take a few minutes at the end of the day and do a quick drawing with my finger on my iPhone if I need to accomplish my goal.  It makes it a "no excuses" goal.  

Here are the collage and drawing combos I have done so far.

Here are the digital images done on my iPad Pro with a stylus 

And last are my end of the day, little finger drawings done on my iPhone.

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