Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #1


For those that aren’t familiar with Thursdays Drawing.  Thursday is a day that I devote to drawing.  A scene is selected and then each week I’ll draw anywhere from 1/2 hour to 2 hours until the drawing is completed.  Which means usually I’ll barely put a dent into the drawing each week – as some of these scenes take upwards of 16+ hours in total (usually four to nine weeks).  Today is the start of a new drawing .  .  .

Introducing Thursdays Drawing project – Takakkaw Falls.  According to Wikipedia:  “Takakkaw Falls /ˈtækəkɔː/ is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia, in Canada. Its highest point is 302 metres (991 ft) from its base, making it the 45th tallest waterfall in eastern British Columbia.”

The reason why I selected this scene is because I want to experiment with several different techniques to create a smoky atmosphere with the waterfall:

  • Sfumato, which means to “to tone down” or “to evaporate like smoke” (Leonardo da Vinci used this technique in some of his paintings).  While I won’t be using the technique precisely because this is a drawing, my goal is to have some of the rocks behind the waterfall evaporate like smoke .  .  . as well as some of the actual rocks coming in from both sides of the drawing.  Hoping to make the breathing waterfall become the star of the show.
  • Values, with the exception of the waterfall and immediate surrounding rocks, two values (high-to-middle values) will be used throughout the piece.

Takakkaw Falls, a graphite drawing (12×9) is being drawn on Bristol Vellum paper.  Today a tortilium was used to develop an outline of the falls and shape of boulders/slabs of rocks.   Next week, the rocks will begin to be drawn in ~ the characteristics of the rocks will be barely there in order to effectively reach the level of sfumato where they will be coming in from both sides.

Thanks for checking in and here we go, another project  .   .   . click onto the image for a larger view (warning:  it doesn’t look like much at this stage!!!) ~

Takakkaw Falls, #1

Takakkaw Falls, #1

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The Curl, oil pastel


It’s great to be back and looking forward to finishing out the year.  I’ll be staying with marine/beach theme for a while longer as I continue to work out how to effectively paint sand, sand dunes and grass with oil pastels.  While the concentration is on the beach and sand, there will be a wave painting or two to post.  Most of the break has been spent experimenting with colors and techniques to achieve convincing sand features, there is more work to do but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy my latest wave painting . . .

The Curl, that is an oil pastel (6×6) painted on an ampersand board.  There is something magical about the powerful of the sea and the art of the wave – Mother Nature sure knows how to bring it on!

Can’t help but love this ampersand as a support board, as it’s a great texture for grabbing OPs and awesome with wet underpaintings which is what I did for The Curl.  The darks were achieved with Holbeins indigo blue and a touch of Senns Sap green.  This little painting was done with a series of layers and minimal blending, using mostly Mungyo-Gallery brand cool colors and a bit of Holbeins warmth in the top portion of the curl.  A painters knife came in handy for smearing the texturing the sea-foam.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been up to ~ thank you for checking back in.  It is a special community we have here.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

The Curl Reference image was from Dana Critchlow an awesome photographer and artist with pmp.

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A Mid-Year Break


Can you believe the year is half-way over?  Where has all the time gone  .  .  .  it flys by and before you know it we’ve forgotten to look around and smell the roses.

It feels right to take a breather from blogging, allow the creative juices to get refreshed and recharged.  I’ll be taking some time to do just that.

Thank you for your support, encouragement and community – you all are an inspiration to me.  I’ll be back before you know it, take care ~ comments have been turned off.

Energy,oil pastel - 2013

Energy,oil pastel – 2013

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Private Beach Path, oil pastel


Today it’s time to go to the beach and in this case, it’s private and you’re my guest .  .  .

Private Beach Path, an oil pastel (9×12) was painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel paper with mostly Senneliers, Mungyo-Gallery and Holbein brand oil pastels.  The painting was started several days ago and because the paint was applied in thick layers it needed to harden slightly in order to allow for additional layers.  In this scene large areas were scraped down and re-applied for certain colors and “patterns” effect – very cool process to do, just take a razor blade and have at it.

Our temperatures in TX have been turned up, summer is nearly here and I thought it would be a good way to cool down with a bit of sea-breeze as we walk the beaten path  .  .  .  if you listen closely you might hear the Beach Boys playing in the background!!  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Private Beach Path My interpretation of a reference photograph by Beverly Reid of pmp.

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Thursdays Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, a Pictorial Process


I almost forgot it’s Thursday, busy on my latest painting and completely lost track of time.  Here is the pictorial of the drawing process for Sodus Point Lighthouse – graphite (9×12).  Click onto the images for a larger view.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1 through #3

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1 through #3

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4 through #6

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4 through #6

Sodus Point Lighthouse, final

Sodus Point Lighthouse, final

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ thank you for checking in.

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Morning Silence, oil pastel


Sometimes we all need an escape perhaps to a beach for an early morning walk when all is quiet except the sound of water lapping at the shoreline ~

Morning Silence, an oil pastel (12×9, on an artist canvas board) was painted with just that thought in mind.  I started with a gouache underpainting to generate a flat feel to the scene and where appropriate let the oil pastels kick up a notch of color so what could have been a gray-fogged scene, turned into a quiet scene of sunrise colors dancing in the sky and on the shore.

Hope you enjoy the beach stroll ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Morning Silence My interpretation of a reference image taken by Rose Herczeg, an artist and photographer with pmp.

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Thursdays Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, final


Today is the unveil of the final for Thursday’s drawing, a project that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on for the past seven weeks bringing back many memories of my childhood and just for the love of wide-open water and lighthouses .   .   .  no walking on the pier when it’s a windy day!

Sodus Point Lighthouse (Sodus, NY), a graphite drawing (12×9) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Pencils used today were 4H, 2H, HB, B, 4B, a tortilium and a kneaded eraser for blending.  Drawing involved cleaning up the horizon line, working in the lighthouse, and revamping the sky – an area that has bugged me since the beginning.  I think the sky suits the scene much better, doesn’t steal the show but adds a bit of natural drama.

Thanks for checking in on the progress and following along – have a fantastic weekend.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, final

Sodus Point Lighthouse, final

The reference for this drawing were my own and Bob Koppel of pmp.

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Lakeside Early Morning


Switching subjects from portraits, flowers and still life back to landscapes is not always easy for me, it takes time to get the feel for painting skies, water and trees again.  So before I go big .  .  .

Lakeside Early Morning, an oil pastel (4×7) is another small painting to get back into the swing of things.  The surface was a cream Mi-Teintes pastel paper, using Senneliers and some Mungyo-Gallery OPs.  For whatever the reason Holbeins isn’t always the best for this paper which is a shame because there are some nice color choices in the brand that would have worked perfectly.  I used the razor blade for scraping and shaping, and a tortilum to blend slightly.

This particular scene was appealing because the fog was just starting to burn off, leaving a subtle glow of morning sun with hints of trees in the background all playing off as reflections in the water.  This had perfect ingredients for a small scene to get lost in with oil pastels.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lakeside Early Morning Based off a reference image by Bonnie Sitter, a photographer from pmp.

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Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6


It’s Thursday’s drawing time and moving right along making progress on the lighthouse ~

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6 is a graphite drawing (12×9) being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Today graphite pencils used were 2H, HB, 4B with a tortilium and kneaded eraser for blending.  Areas that were concentrated on was the cloud structures with slight modifications (I can see where work will continue here and there), the horizon line, the water, splashing and the beginning of the lighthouse.

I’m thinking next week, if all goes well, the lighthouse might get finished – well that is unless something calls out to be worked on.  Thanks for checking in. 

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6

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Ever Feel “Runners High” When You’re Creating?


I originally wrote a post about this topic in January 31, 2013, Ever Feel “Runners High” When You’re Creating? mainly because the subject fascinated me and I was convinced no matter what a persons method of creativity – sculpture, photographer, writer, artist of painters or drawing, etc. – the concept must resonate to some extent.

I wrote about the many similarities of what runners experience and creative types, Ever Feel “Runners High” When You’re Creating?.  There was a large discussion w/the post back in 2013 and after commenting with a fellow blogger and incredible artist, Janet Weight Reed yesterday along the same lines of thought it seemed like a great opportunity to open it up again.

Here is one of my seascape paintings, An Open Wave, where I had such an experience ~

An Open Wave

Do you ever feel a runner’s high when you create?

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