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Thursdays Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #2


Pressed for time today, but was able to find an opportunity to continue my work on Majesty of Grace.  Actually earlier in the week I spent two days trying to figure out how to get a print of one of … Continue reading

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Pumpkin 2014, oil pastel


Didn’t think I’d get a pumpkin done for this year – but .   .   . Pumpkin 2014, oil pastel (6×6) on black mi-teintes pastel paper.  Took many layers of the OPs to cover the black paper, but glad I went … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #1


A new drawing project revealed! Majesty of Grace (6×8), is a graphite drawing on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The challenge of this drawing will be to showcase the enormous patterns of spray that will be highlighted by the sun.  The … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: All 15 Painting Studies


Here is the collection of all 15 oil pastel paintings for the rocks and boulders studies.  It was a good challenge, with a wide-range of subjects allowing me to learn about their shapes, forms, textures and values. Thanks for following … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: The Range, #15


Well now I finally reached the end of the 15-painting rock/boulder challenge – took a bit more time than anticipated but I’m happy that I undertook it. The Range, (6×8) oil pastel was completed on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel paper … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: Secret Doorway, #14


Coming to a close with my study of rocks and boulders, here’s #14.  This particular scene attracted me because of the wall of rocks and what looks like a boulder doorway  .  .  .  thought this could be interesting for … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rock/Boulders: Autumn Steps, #13


Well what do you know, finally got #13 done in my rock/boulder studies!  I can’t give up on the studies especially when I only have two to go ~ so I was thrilled to get this scene done.  I’ve wanted … Continue reading

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Study of Dark Skin Model – (original drawing by William Maughan)


My latest study, as I continue to learn how to draw portraits, was from a book that I’m reading by William Maughan, that I’ll be writing a book review post on at a later date. This portrait (9×6) was drawn … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing: Strands of Silk, a pictorial of the process


Here is a pictorial of the process for drawing Strands of Silk – it was a great project to work on.  Stay tuned for next Thursday’s start of a brand new drawing project. Thanks for checking in and sticking with … Continue reading

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Practice – Slanted Head Drawing


A quick practice drawing today of a slanted head:   graphite pencils 2H and HB on sketch drawing paper.  Going forward I’ll pay attention to proper proportions, forms and correct value placement and expect my learning curve to get real steep … Continue reading

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