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Mystic, charcoal


A certain mystery starting to show itself about this young woman as the drawing came into being .  .  . I wondered what she was staring at or thinking – whatever it was she seemed satisfied. Mystic, a charcoal drawing … Continue reading

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Tested, charcoal


I wanted to draw something with a bit more grit and edge ~ Tested, is a freehand charcoal sketch (12×9, Strathmore paper), portrays a guy whose life took a turn that probably has put a few tests in his path.  … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing, Miss Annabelle – charcoal


I nearly forgot that it was Thursday and suppose to be drawing a new seascape – today’s drawing is Miss Annabelle that I have worked on for three days. Drawing freehand is not easy.  This young lady was giving me … Continue reading

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Study Based off of an Original Charcoal Drawing by Nathan Fowkes


Over my December break I found a remarkable artist, Nathan Fowkes, online whose charcoal portraits are really nothing short of spectacular.  Mr. Fowkes is incredibly talented in the normal artistic sense of painting and drawing, but also as an accomplished … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing, The Glance – charcoal


You didn’t think I’d let Thursday’s drawing to get away – oh no here is my latest .  .  . The Glance, is a charcoal portrait drawing (12×9) on Strathmore Drawing paper – I’m fast running out of soft charcoal … Continue reading

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Winter Light, oil pastel


Here is my last snow painting for the 2014 Winter season.  Don’t you think we all need a little warmth of Spring – stay tuned. Winter Light, an oil pastel (6×9) was painted on light-gray tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using … Continue reading

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Anticipation, charcoal drawing


Anticipation, is a 9×6 portrait sketched in charcoal on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.   The free-hand drawing was good practice because of the variety of fabrics, blond hair and her features.  The original name of this drawing was Fresh, but based … Continue reading

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Morning View, oil pastel


Morning View, an oil pastel painting (5×10) is of an empty harbor during winter months.  The image I based this painting off of reminded me of how quiet Maine would get every winter after summer visitors would leave for the … Continue reading

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Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil, by J.D. Hillberry – a book review


I haven’t done a book review in a while and thought that some might enjoy one of my favorite drawing books. Several years ago artist, J.D. Hillberry had a booth at Fort Worth’s annual art festival.  I couldn’t help but … Continue reading

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Winter Walk, oil pastel


Finally back to oil pastels, a few more snow paintings for this winter.  Quiet snowy pathways seem to give us a sense of solitude – here is my contribution to a calming peace throughout. Winter Walk, (6×9) an oil pastel … Continue reading

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