5 Day Art Challenge – Day 5


Day 5

Day 5

I’ve received challenges from two separate great bloggers and thought, okay it’s time for me to join in the fun.  The challenges are slightly different, but my drawings will accomplish the goal for both challenges.

#1 I was tagged to do a 3-pieces of art a day for 5-days, Art Challenge, by Tim Livingston at The Forester Artist.  Tim is an incredible artist, you will enjoy what you find at his blog.  I decided to accept the challenge.

#2 Next I was tagged to participate in a 5-day B&W challenge, by posting one new B&W each day.  Sylvia of Anotherdaytoparadise. I’m accepting this challenge by combining with Tim’s 3-pieces of art a day for 5 days.  Sylvia has the most incredible photography that I think you’ll appreciate the awesome subjects she captures with her lens.

Day 5 - my three drawings today concentrated on windows.  Each piece was done in charcoal measuring 5×7.  I imposed up to a one-hour limit for each drawing in the challenge(s)  – my personal objective is to see the subject more as forms and values than anything else, so I expect perspective and technicals to be off.   Click onto the image for a larger view.

I would love to see Mark Winter at Chicane Pictures join in on the challenge, he has a great blog at Chicane Pictures.  Mark is an award-winning New Zealand cartoonist, designer and film maker.  He has a fascinating background, exceptional artistic talent and many of characters (human and otherwise) you may be very familiar with.  I really enjoy his blog and I think you will too.

Thank you for checking in ~ yeah, I made it!  I will also post a summary on Monday, the titles and a bit about each of the 15 drawings.  Click onto the drawings for a larger view.

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5 Day Art Challenge – Day 4


Day 4

Day 4

I’ve received challenges from two separate great bloggers and thought, okay it’s time for me to join in the fun.  The challenges are slightly different, but my drawings will accomplish the goal for both challenges.

#1 I was tagged to do a 3-pieces of art a day for 5-days, Art Challenge, by Tim Livingston at The Forester Artist.  Tim is an incredible artist, you will enjoy what you find at his blog.  I decided to accept the challenge.

#2 Next I was tagged to participate in a 5-day B&W challenge, by posting one new B&W each day.  Sylvia of Anotherdaytoparadise. I’m accepting this challenge by combining with Tim’s 3-pieces of art a day for 5 days.  Sylvia has the most incredible photography that I think you’ll appreciate the awesome subjects she captures with her lens.

Day 4 - my three drawings today concentrated on flowers and a landscape scene.  Each piece was done in charcoal measuring 5×7.  I imposed up to a one-hour limit for each drawing in the challenge(s)  – my personal objective is to see the subject more as forms and values than anything else, so I expect perspective and technicals to be off.   Click onto the image for a larger view.

I would love to see Don join in on the challenge, he has a great blog at Candid Impressions.  Not only is Don a fantastic artist, but he challenges his blogging followers with thought-provoking questions and just good all round conversation?  I think you’ll really enjoy visiting his blog.

Thank you for checking in ~ hey did you notice that my time frame keeps creeping up, lol!

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Thursday Drawing – Grand Slam #1


Today I was finally able to start on my new Thursdays Drawing, as revealed earlier last week in a sketch.

Grand Slam – #1 (9×12) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.  I finally decided to use three types of medium:  charcoal for the trees in the background, beginning of the water coming in to shore, and part of the big splash; carbon to deepen the darks in the trees and water; graphite to do the rocks on the left side and middle of the drawing, and some of the wavelettes.  Fixative was applied to the splash to keep it clean while I work the other areas, as the splash will be the last part of the drawing to be worked on.

For today, the initial layers of the trees were worked out – I expect it will probably take several more layers to get good value structures and more definition.  This drawing will most likely take several weeks to complete – today’s work took one hour.

Thank you for checking back, see you next week Thursday as work will resume on the trees and initial layers of rock will be put down.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

Grand Slam #1

Grand Slam #1

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5-Day Art Challenge – Day 3


Day 3

Day 3

#1 I was tagged to do a 3-pieces of art a day for 5-days, Art Challenge, by Tim Livingston at The Forester Artist.  Tim is an incredible artist, you will enjoy what you find at his blog.  I decided to accept the challenge.

#2 Next I was tagged to participate in a 5-day B&W challenge, by posting one new B&W each day.  Sylvia of Anotherdaytoparadise. I’m accepting this challenge by combining with Tim’s 3-pieces of art a day for 5 days.  Sylvia has the most incredible photography that I think you’ll appreciate the awesome subjects she captures with her lens.

Day 3 - the three drawings today concentrated on flowers, working those values and light.  Each piece was done in charcoal measuring 5×8.  I imposed up to an hour limit for each drawing in the challenge(s) mainly because the subject is not something I’m used to drawing (especially with charcoal).   My personal objective is to see the subject more as forms and values than anything else, so I expect perspective and technicals to be off.   Click onto the image for a larger view.

I would love to see Nutsfortreasure join in on the challenge, she has a great blog at Folsom Mill Studio.  Did I tell you that she is an awesome photographer and artist?  Her dedication to photography and art is clear by her collection of work – both are incredible.

Thank you for checking in ~ hey did you notice that my time frame keeps creeping up, lol!

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5-Day Art Challenge – Day 2


Day 2

Day 2

I’ve received challenges from two separate great bloggers and thought, okay it’s time for me to join in the fun.  The challenges are slightly different, but my drawings will accomplish the goal for both challenges.

#1 I was tagged to do a 3-pieces of art a day for 5-days, Art Challenge, by Tim Livingston at The Forester Artist.  Tim is an incredible artist, you will enjoy what you find at his blog.  I decided to accept the challenge.

#2 Next I was tagged to participate in a 5-day B&W challenge, by posting one new B&W each day.  Sylvia of Anotherdaytoparadise. I’m accepting this challenge by combining with Tim’s 3-pieces of art a day for 5 days.  Sylvia has the most incredible photography that I think you’ll appreciate the awesome subjects she captures with her lens.

Day 2 - my three drawings today concentrated on similar values, light and reflections.  Each piece was done in charcoal measuring 5×7.  Don’t laugh at my results now – as I don’t draw or paint fast, today I imposed up to a half-hour limit for each drawing in the challenge(s)  – my personal objective is to see the subject more as forms and values than anything else, so I expect perspective and technicals to be off.   Click onto the image for a larger view.

I would love to see brushespapers join in on the challenge.  Her blog is, brushespapers she’s an incredible artist specializing in Chinese painting, stays disciplined to her artistry by painting and drawing everyday – her collection is awesome.

Thank you for checking in ~

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5-Day Art Challenge – Day 1


Day 1 of 3-Pieces in 5-Days Art Challenge

Day 1 of 3-Pieces in 5-Days Art Challenge

I’ve received challenges from two separate great bloggers and thought, okay it’s time for me to join in the fun.  The challenges are slightly different, but my drawings will accomplish the goal for both challenges.

#1 I was tagged to do a 3-pieces of art a day for 5-days, Art Challenge, by Tim Livingston at The Forester Artist.  Tim is an incredible artist, you will enjoy what you find at his blog.  I decided to accept the challenge.

#2 Next I was tagged to participate in a 5-day B&W challenge, by posting one new B&W each day.  Sylvia of Anotherdaytoparadise. I’m accepting this challenge by combining with Tim’s 3-pieces of art a day for 5 days.  Sylvia has the most incredible photography that I think you’ll appreciate the awesome subjects she captures with her lens.

Day 1 - my three drawings today concentrated on reflected glass.  Each piece was done in charcoal and white soft pastel.  Don’t laugh at my results now – as I don’t draw or paint fast, but I will be imposing a 15-minute time frame for each drawing in the challenge(s)  – my personal objective is to see the subject more as forms and values than anything else, so I expect perspective and technicals to be off.   Click onto the image for a larger view.

I would love to see Tiffany join in on the challenge.  She is the crazy bag lady at bulanlifestyle  an incredible artist, who stays disciplined to her craft by drawing everyday – her collection is awesome.

Thank you for checking in ~

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Old Monk 2 – charcoal drawing


A monks face sometimes hold clues to burden of prayer they carry around where ever they may be – it’s the expression, the haunting eyes and slackened face muscles that has me curious.  What is it they feel and think .  .  .  how do they react to a world of which they are far removed?

Old Monk 2, a charcoal and graphite drawing (12×9) on Strathmore Paper, vine and willow charcoal was used for the monk and background, and 4H – 2H – HB graphite pencils for the cloth; tools used for blending were stumps, tortilium, kneaded and click eraser, and an artist brush.  Drawing free-hand takes me a while to do an initial layout of a subject (4 hrs for this monk) and about 12 hours in total drawing time for this piece.  Graphite was used for the cloth because of its reflective qualities and also it provides a slightly different texture than what the charcoal gives to the skin.

We had freezing rain, sleet and a little snow flurries (for February in TX, that’s unusual), in any event it’s dark out today so the photograph isn’t the best quality, but I think it represents him well enough.

Thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Old Monk 2 The reference image was from Elaine Cross an incredible photographer of pmp.

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Sketch for Drawing Project – Grand Slam, charcoal


It takes me a while to select a scene for my Thursdays Drawings, I actually had five to select from for next week but something in me said, wait there’s one more to look at.  Well one thing led to another  .   .   .

Before you know it, I’ve got my next project ready for next Thursday.  It’s a little complex for charcoal so I spent a 1/2 hour sketching it out (on a scrap piece of photocopy paper!) to see if the medium would do the scene justice with the water, splash and rolling waves coming into shore – I’m sold on the results and think charcoal will work perfectly.

Next Thursday I’ll be beginning the actual charcoal drawing, which will change a bit from what you see here, but for today I thought I’d share the results with you.  The sketch is called, Grand Slam – on 8.5 x 5.5 (charcoal).

Funny how things work out don’t you think?  I’m currently working on a portrait and may be able to complete this weekend.  Hope your Friday is a good one – click onto image for a larger view.

Sketch of Grand Slam

Sketch of Grand Slam

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Storm Clouds – Pictorial of Drawing Process


For Thursdays Drawing you’ll find the pictorial showing the drawing stages of Storm Clouds (9×12), charcoal on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.  The subject was chosen for this drawing project because of the complex cloud structures and as an experiment I wanted to see how well value ranges could be developed with charcoal to give the cloud forms depth, density and texture.

Stage 1 – developing land and sea:  because the clouds are the main subject the scene was divided 1/3 land/water mass and 2/3 sky.  This stage concentrated on developing the land and water – charcoal was applied to the water areas and blended with a stump toward those areas that would reflect the lighter cloud forms.  The landmass on the left side was drawn in by charcoal pencil and blended strategically keeping in mind it’s a rougher texture than the water.  The bit of rock in the middle of the water was layered in with charcoal pencil and backed out with kneaded eraser.

Stage 2 – developing cloud structures:  keeping lighter areas free of charcoal, the base foundation of the sky was built up with layers of charcoal and blended with a stump.  Charcoal vines were used to add the darkest value of darks and blended in various spots to begin developing depth and density.

Stage 3 – refining cloud masses and landmass/water:  Three things that were worked on at this stage  1) the focal point was better established by developing the cloud textures and then blended out smooth areas to show the different cloud levels and atmospheric changes – edges played a large role here too, 2) depth and density was increased by establishing more of the middle value ranges in the cloud structures – so the darks and strategic lights stood out, 3) the rock formation in the water was made smaller and pushed further back toward the horizon, so it didn’t draw attention away from the focal point.  This particular stage took about 8 hours to do.

Thank you as always for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds, charcoal (9×12)

The reference image used was from Gary Jones of pmp.

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Trail Blazer, charcoal


Little fact o   .   .   .   Did you know that US Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was a cowgirl at heart?  In 2002 Justice O’Connor was inducted as a Cowgirl Honoree at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  She was born in El Paso, Texas growing up on her family’s cattle ranch (yes, she can ride and shoot).   If you would like to learn more here is the link to the museum and write-up on Justice O’Connor http://www.cowgirl.net/?s=sandra.

Living in Texas it’s not unusual to see cowgirls, beautiful gals they are who look every bit the part, from their hats to boots, and they love their trucks!  I saw one such young lady the other day and thought I’d give a quick go at capturing what I imagined she must look like after working a long winter day at the ranch.

Trail Blazer (8×5) is a simple charcoal sketch of the young lady I imagined.  Here’s to all those cowgirls out there ~

Trail Blazer

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