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.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting ~

Advertisements
Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

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 ~

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 57 Comments

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.

Thanks for visiting ~ hope you have a lovely week.

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

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.

Thanks for visiting – hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

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

Thanks for visiting ~

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

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

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for visiting ~

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Posts | Tagged , , , , , , | 35 Comments

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 ~

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , , | 57 Comments

Amber – drawing


Amber, was drawn as a tribute for Janina, a photographer and artist who past away in December.  Janina was a member of pmp (Paint-My-Photograph) who shared her photographs of a number of subjects, the one she was known for was horses – I’ve yet to see another collection as amazing as hers.  Whether the horses were in motion or standing still, on their own or in a pack, the energy and grace of these animals through her lens was second-to-none, each carried the “wow” factor.   In January pmp asked artists and photographers to do tributes in honor of our good friend.

Amber, a graphite drawing (9×12) was produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Animals is not a subject that I’m used to drawing, but Amber seemed to speak to me – loved working out the range of values that brought out her muscle structure and veins.  My goal was for her to be front and center, so I left the background a bit muted with little detailing.  A combination of graphite pencil and loose powder was used with this scene, instead of charcoal, because of its reflective and smooth qualities.

It’s daylight savings time, as we Spring ahead – have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , | 80 Comments

Quiet Strength – drawing


This drawing, Quiet Strength, is dedicated to our dear friend and most gifted poet Cynthia Jobin, who left us too early but remains in our minds and hearts.

These past few months I went quiet on my blog returning to my roots in art that is drawing – going back to the basics and concentrating on fundamentals.  I’m looking to bring a refinement to my work.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

Quiet Strength is a graphite drawing (12×9) produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  My objective with this piece was to capture the elegant flow of fabric while illustrating the strength of a pirouette.  For me this drawing symbolized Cynthia, with her  elegant flow of words and strength of character – she is dearly missed.

Thank you for stopping by.

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in Drawings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 92 Comments

Sunset at Scarborough, oil pastel


“It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”
– Andrew Wyeth

During our recent trip back East we arrived at Scarborough beach in Maine just as the sun was quickly setting.  We hadn’t much time, but was able to get a few photographs of the sea before we took a brisk walk down the beach stretch to where we used to live.  It was one of those beautiful evenings – the ocean gave us some quiet, but beautiful wave formations as they came ashore.  Towards the end of the walk we could barely see ourselves let alone the ocean, but between the smell of the sea and sound of the waves I felt like I was home again ~

Sunset at Scarborough, an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on black-tinted card stock paper using mainly Sennelier, Holbein and Mungyo-Gallery brands of oil pastels.  Between the paper and payne’s gray & magenta for the darkest darks the combination gave more of a dusk-to-nighttime feel to the scene.  I was surprised at how much paint was laid down with my hands as the main tool given the minimal texture built into the paper.  I may try to paint the scene again with acrylics toning the surface a mid-range gray to see how that would change the mood of the painting.

It was fun painting this very special place.  Thanks for checking in ~

sunset-at-scarborough

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

Posted in About Oil Pastels, OPs New Paintings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 128 Comments