Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5


I’d like to tell you guys that the drawing is completed, but not to be and probably not for a couple more weeks .  .  . so here is where we stand.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5 is a graphite drawing (9×12) being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The pencils used today were:  2H, HB, B, 2B and 4B and blending tools were a tortilium and a kneaded eraser.  Areas worked on were:  the three main spurts of spray, all the foreground water and middle ground water, and continuing to darken the pier.  Most of the water was continued using the cross-hatch strokes to darken and fill in the gaps – this is where the deeper water is indicated leaving plenty of white space and other high value areas light.  A lot of the spray that was originally left white was slowly filled in using the tortilium by smudging the area, then erasing and repeating the process until the spray looked convincing.  Two hours of work, probably doesn’t look like much but this is where slow going is better than rushing through.

Next week I hope to finish the water and do some additional touch-ups on the sky, and then finally the week after work on the lighthouse will begin.

Have a great weekend and thanks for checking in! 

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5

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Anchored in the Cove, oil pastel


What to do when it’s pouring rain outside (suppose to continue for another seven days), just keep right on painting .  .  .

Anchored in the Cove is an oil pastel (11 x 8.5) painted on black heavy textured cardstock paper.  Mainly OPs brands Senneliers and Holbeins were used in this painting as well as tools – painters knife, tortilium and a razor for shaping and scraping.  While the black paper was used to give the cove woodsy area depth, I don’t particularly like it when using whites and yellows with OPs – very difficult to layer in thick coatings without seeing through the paint.  This was the dilemma with the boat, I would have rather used some other colors for white – but it was good experience, learned a thing or two and I’ll leave it at that.

This scene reminded me of the cove back in Maine at the end of our street.  Maine coves are usually heavily wooded with big boulders stretching to the water line and often times you’ll see boats resting in the cove.  This boat in the painting is pretty typical of the type for the local fishermen, the yellow in the boat window is their “rain slicker” as they are called in Maine (raincoat).  I’ve got mine on this week!!

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Anchored in the Cove

The reference image was from Linda Willason a fine photographer with pmp.

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Lily Pond, oil pastel


In my stock pile of painting papers I came across an odd size medium-blue cardstock paper and thought, what am I going to do with this?  Well it turns out that the paper was actually perfect for my latest painting .  .  .

Lily Pond, an oil pastel (12×4) is painted on a medium-blue, heavy textured cardstock paper.  The richness of colors, big lily pads and depth of water reflections were an awesome combination to work with in this scene.  Wish you could see the variety of blues from rich Indigo, to ultramarine, to sapphire and cobalt that went into developing the water and reflections.  I used mainly Holbein OPs because each color comes in a range of values allowing the artist to keep the colors pure without having to resort to blending which would dull the color.  A variety of Senneliers were handy for this same reason.  To get the thick strokes with the lily petals I used a painters knife scraping the OPs stick and layering the paint on for a heavy-textured look.

It’s a bit sharper in person, sorry about my camera work ~

Lily Pond The reference scene was from Robyn Lovelock, an awesome artist and photographer from pmp.

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Private Drive, oil pastel


It’s been a few months since I’ve painted a landscape and today it just felt right to get started once again ~ as I watch the rain continue to fall here in TX.  We’ve been blessed with a tremendous amount of rainfall over the past two months – we aren’t out of the woods with our drought, but the land and lakes are refilling at a fast rate and well, it just gorgeous green tones everywhere you look.

Private Drive, an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard beginning with an acrylic underpainting.  I had every intention of creating a scene that was darker and foggy, but as I started playing around with the sky adding blue and what not well before you know it – autumn was born and color took over.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, got the last of the summer flowers and a few perennials planted yesterday ~ color is beginning to dot the landscape.

Private Drive Thank you to my friend Irini at pmp, for the inspiration that came from one of her photographs.

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Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4


Talk about being behind today – ah well, at least I was able to squeeze in time for Thursday’s Drawing and continue on the journey of drawing Sodus Point Lighthouse.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4 (12×9) is being drawn 100% in graphite on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Today’s work continued with the water, developing the deepness and turbulent thrashing, rocks in the water, the pier and finally the beginning stages of the big splashes, oh and a few minor touches here and there to the cloud structure.  Graphite pencils used were:  HB, B, 2B, and 4B, along with a tortilum and kneaded eraser for certain effects.

There is a lot more work still to go, I’m expecting 3 or 4 more sessions because the splashes is what will take a lot of time to develop by laying down the graphite – blending – taking away and starting the process all over again.  For now I have to let it sit and walk past it every now and then to get a feel for how it’s developing and what areas are shouting out for attention.

Have a great weekend, hope to visit everyone’s blog tomorrow and catch up on my replies to your comments.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4

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15 Painting Challenge – Flowers: Collage of Paintings


Thank you everyone for your feedback and encouragement along the way – it helped push me forward and continue working the challenge.

By far this was my most rewarding project, because of the level of learning – from techniques w/oil pastels, to a variety of underpaintings, managing through each layer building color and thickness of strokes, and use of light and shadow.  Perhaps most of all because I’ve been intimidated to paint flowers, until I finally just looked at them as values and forms and experienced a breakthrough.  I have a long ways to go but for me this was a good start.

I’ll continue painting flowers, for now I’m turning my attention to landscapes and seascapes over the next couple of months – it’s not to say that there won’t be a landscape or two with flowers!!

Here is the collage of all 15 flower paintings – click onto the image for a larger view.

15 Paintings Flower Challenge - #1 through #5

15 Paintings Flower Challenge – #1 through #5

15 Paintings Flower Challenge - #6 through #10

15 Paintings Flower Challenge – #6 through #10

15 Paintings Flower Challenge - #11 through #15

15 Paintings Flower Challenge – #11 through #15

Do You Have a Favorite?

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: In My Garden, #15


Who knew?  After spending time going through hundreds of reference images for my final #15 flower painting, it dawned on me that I had taken a photograph from my perennial garden last year that I’ve been waiting to paint ~ and the decision was settled pretty quickly.

#15 In My Garden, an oil pastel (6×6) was painted on green heavy cardstock textured paper using mainly Sennelier (soft and creamy as butter) and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  Some blending took place with my fingers and a razor, but mostly I just kept on applying layers of deep, rich oil pastels that worked exceptionally well on this paper.

This painting is based on a tiny corner in the perennial garden lined with rock – the flowers were spilling out and even though the area was shaded there was just enough sunlight to make the flowers pop.  Although, much to my chagrin and for the life of me I couldn’t get a picture that showed the richness of colors (yellows and orange) and setting of the painting, you’ll have to take my word for it.  The flowers are Coreopsis of which I already painted ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

In My Garden, #15

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.  I’m going out to transfer some perennial’s before the local rabbit totally devours them, trim some hedges and snip back our pink magnolia tree that we affectionately call, Miss Betty.

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Thursdays Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #3


Today I spent about 2 hours on the lighthouse drawing, almost forgetting that it’s Thursday and needed to get my time in for this piece.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, a graphite drawing (9×12) is being drawing on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Graphite is being used for the entire drawing because of its reflective qualities.  Nearly 100% of today’s time was spent working on the foreground water, a few outlining rocks and a very rough outline of the pier.  For the foreground water I used graphite pencils 2H, HB, B and 2B – bringing in a kneaded eraser to begin capturing the foam trails.  If you recall last week’s foreground water was a bit weak in value, this week cross-hatching strokes were used to blend in the strokes and begin adding depth to the area.  A tortilium was used as well for blending.

Moving forward I’ll begin working on the foam sprays, pier and continuing to draw the characteristics of the turbulent water too.  Incredible to think that there is such turbulence in one of the Great Lakes (Ontario), but the lake is large and depth enough.

Thanks for checking in and have a wonderful weekend.  Click onto the image for a larger view (image is a bit little blurry today, sorry about that).

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #3

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #3

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Forsythia’s in Winter, #14


I really planned to have this painting finished yesterday, but you know how things go ~ happy to say that #14 is completed.  Forsythias forced to bloom indoors during Winter is a perfect way to brighten up even the coldest and darkest days of the season.  So when I saw a little mention of this by my friend Cynthia Jobin, well I couldn’t resist the urge to surprise her!

#14 Forythia’s in Winter is an oil pastel (10×8) painted on a prepared gesso hardboard, starting with an acrylic underpainting first and after it dried two coats of “clear” gesso was applied to give the surface tooth.   Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Forsythias in Winter

Hope you enjoy Cynthia, especially now that Spring has arrived in your neck of the woods!

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Lilac, #13


I hope to catch up on everyone’s blogs tomorrow – the last couple of days was spent painting and working in the gardens.  Only two to go more paintings left in the challenge ~ continuing the countdown.

Lilac, #13 is an oil pastel (8×10) painted on a gesso prepared hardboard.  A gouache underpainting was done, then two coats of clear gesso, then a very thin white wash in acrylic and finally layer, upon layer of oil pastel was applied.  I’ve wanted to paint a lilac for the longest time, but felt unsure about approaching the petals and make the painting convincing.  So here we are, why not do it as part of this challenge ~

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

Lilac, #13Reference image used was from Mary Watts of pmp.

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