Battered Fence Posts – charcoal and graphite drawing


“Battered by whatever Mother Nature delivers and still standing.  Fence posts are a great subject, each with character that tells their own story. ” by Mary

Battered Fence Posts, a drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  In this drawing I wanted the background to stay way back there, so I used charcoal with limited detail and a bit fuzzy – charcoal delivered on this aspect.  My main goal with the fence posts was to make them substantial, but distinguishable from the background.  Knowing that constant wind can make wood poles somewhat smooth, almost reflective, and give them great character – graphite worked beautifully for these aspects.  As for the wire, I wanted the wire to be very dark and standout – carbon was the perfect medium.

Sorry the photograph looks slightly blurry (do to bad lighting and shaky hand) – hopefully you still get a good read on the scene.  Thanks for visiting ~ have a wonderful weekend!

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A Study – based on work by Sergey Lebedev


“To study is to learn – watching a 5 minute youtube video can sometimes be free education, the one I found was priceless.” by Mary

A Study – based on a youtube drawing demonstration by Sergey Lebedev, a graphite drawing (8×10) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Graphite was my choice of medium for this scene.  Mr. Lebedev is an accomplished artist I found on the internet; he has produced several youtube video’s demonstrating his techniques for drawing landscapes.  This guy is very good – the final drawings shown in his 5 minute video’s are excellent.

I learned a lot by watching the few he produced and decided to do a study based on one of his drawings.  Even though I titled the piece “A Study,” as I reached the halfway point in working on this drawing my own artistic instinct for how the scene should develop took over.  While the foundation of his landscape is present, my final drawing reflects more of the vision I had for this country scene.  It was a great learning opportunity.

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Peace and Quiet – graphite drawing


“Walk away from all the turbulence out there and find yourself a moment of peace and quiet enjoying the riches of nature, ” . . . by Mary

Peace and Quiet, a graphite drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using mostly 2H, HB, B and 2B.  Additional tools used in this piece were a kneaded eraser and a sable brush to produce an overall soft atmosphere.  This scene gave me just what I was looking for – a quiet place to walk into and enjoy the early morning light.

For those that celebrate Easter, I hope you have a meaningful and Happy Easter holiday weekend ~

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River Hideaway – charcoal/graphite drawing


“We look for a place that quiets time letting our senses become sharpened to our surroundings – hearing trees rustle, smelling grassy-weeds and seeing a slow-moving river.  We become absorbed in the moment .  .  . ” by Mary

River Hideaway, a charcoal and graphite drawing (9×12) was created on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.  Nearly the entire scene was done in charcoal with the exception of the river, there graphite was used for its reflective qualities.  Charcoal was the choice medium giving the land depth and an overall softness to the atmosphere.

This Spanish scene was photographed by a pmp photographer and artist Juan Sandin.  The first time I saw the image I immediately thought of Ernest Hemingway – I could see him writing one of his powerful novels tucked-away in this quiet place.

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Resilience – charcoal drawing


“Each Spring Texas land shows its resilience. 

No matter the scorching summer heat or winters cold blasts, year-after-year this barren, rugged terrain  produces vast landscapes of lacy grass-weeds and delicate wild flowers. 

Take a moment and discover what native Texans have known for generations .  .  .  the raw beauty of this Mid-Western land”  by Mary

Resilience is a charcoal drawing (9×12) produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  We drove past this scene last Spring in Ennis, TX.  While I took a bit of license with the elements, the essence of the moment stands – you gotta love Texas!

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  Thanks for visiting ~

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Lookout Point on Talcott Mountain – charcoal drawing


“Distant views lets our imagination take us to places unknown,” by Mary

Our trip to New England last year for the leaf season began in the beautiful State of Connecticut with a hike up Talcott Mountain.  The trail was a little steeper than we anticipated, but well the views made up for it – they were nothing short of spectacular and totally unexpected.  It was quite the treat ~

Lookout Point on Talcott Mountain, a charcoal drawing (10×8) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  My whole objective for this scene was to allow the tree to take center stage, all the while pushing the views way back into the distance – allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks along the way.   Charcoal allowed me to leave out a lot of the detail, but still give the tree definition and grace as it sits atop the mountain.

BTW, WordPress had a glitch in updates it performed to the Reader last Friday, blocking some bloggers ability to comment on other blogs (thus my absence).  They were able to fix the system last evening, all capability to comment has been restored.

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Mid-Day in Texas – charcoal drawing


“There is a quiet lonesomeness of the large Texas countryside, a beauty that quiets your thoughts and lets your eyes rest on natures’ bounty.”  by Mary

Mid-Day in Texas is a charcoal drawing (8×10) that was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  We happened across this scene while on a country drive in the town of Ennis, Texas searching for patches of wildflowers.  The field was dotted here and there with a few bluebonnets and weeds billowing from a soft breeze; it was the beauty of this quiet space that I wanted to capture and share in a drawing.  Charcoal gave the smoothness that I was looking for, letting the soft atmosphere take over feel of the place.

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Meadow Light – charcoal, graphite, carbon drawing


“Drawing the landscape is a way to feel the work of Mother Nature” by Mary

One year ago I drew a landscape that always seemed to call me back, like it just needed something to give it more life, a punch if you will.  I wasn’t quite on page with what it needed and then suddenly it hit me – work the middle ground giving it some depth, enhance and dramatize the foreground tree.  So I went back into it and gave it one more shot ~

Meadow Light, a drawing (8×10) that was done with graphite, charcoal and carbon on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  I wanted the foreground tree to be more substantial, so I sprayed it with a fixative to give it more texture and using carbon and charcoal it was enlarged with the cracks and crevices given more depth from lower values and exaggeration.   Then I went to work on the middle ground, it was missing personality, so some of the sunlight rays were eliminated and shrubs, trees/stubs were added with some definition.  Yes, this drawing finally spoke to me ~

Here is the final drawing, Meadow Light

The original drawing from 2/2016

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Daybreak – charcoal drawing


“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence”  by Henri Matisse

Not my usual subject, but when I saw a photograph online at pmp (paint-my-photograph) I was intrigued by the way the woman’s hair flowed down her back.  The original photograph was in color, she was facing a dark green/brownish wall and holding flowers, but in my mind I saw something totally different ~

Daybreak, a charcoal drawing (9×6) was done on Strathmore Bristol smooth paper.  For me it was all about her hair – I could see her glancing out a window with the drapes pulled back.  So I went with the theme, letting the light control the soft feel of the atmosphere while her dark hair took center stage.  I don’t draw the body very often, but this one spoke to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge

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Winter Find – charcoal drawing


“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn” by Hal Borland

Who would have believed that old man winter returned with such gusto.  Here is too special finds that the old man leaves behind ~

Winter Find, a charcoal drawing (8×10) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  I couldn’t let the season go without doing at least one drawing of the snowy stuff.  My goal was to keep it simple without too much detail – the quietness of the surroundings leaving the tree as the prize.

Hope everyone that’s caught in the winter blast stays warm today – Spring is only a week away!  Thanks for visiting ~

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