Perry Chalk Festival 2019

•August 17, 2019 • 1 Comment

Somehow I never posted these photos. I have no idea how that happened!! I love attending and participating in this event. I look forward to it every summer now.

This year I was fortunate enough to have my niece accompany me. She even practiced at home and drew up a submission sketch to get approved in order to be able to participate.

Unfortunately for her, the youth chalking times don’t start as early as the adult chalking does so she spent some time getting good and bored.

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Finally she got to start the chalking!



Two important things to note. One, how completely “into” her work she got. I don’t think anyone else managed to get quite this much chalk on themselves during the process. Two, if you look closely at the little piece of white paper to the side of her…. that is her reference drawing. She was chalking for probably about 10 minutes when a bird managed to perfectly target her reference sheet. Fortunately it wasn’t on a critical area… but overall it was very inconsiderate of the bird.



My completed piece.


Juliana’s completed piece.


Aftermath. That much time chalking hard wiped her out. There were some french fries shortly after this photo. That helped.


Photo that our friend posted of me working on her Instagram.


It’s hard to tell when the photos are taken from the “correct” angle, but the last couple of years I have distorted my drawings and stretched them so that they look better when viewed standing in front of them. This angle shows you how skewed the proportions really are.


I won an award.


We had a really really good time (sunburn and all) and I hoping that Juliana can join me again next year.

Additional photos for this post taken by my friend Chris Clemens. Check out his blog for many amazing things to do and explore in our region.

Exploring Upstate

Thank you for visiting and again my apologies for this post taking so long after the event to appear. I really thought that I had posted it previously.

Figure Drawing August 12th, 2019

•August 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Made it to Figure Drawing on Monday. My brain is being a poopy head and has been telling me that there is no point. It really is pretty abusive, but I can’t quite figure out how to live without it yet…

Anyhow. Went to figure drawing. Hated everything that I drew. Decided to upload them today anyhow and magically they aren’t nearly as bad as I thought that they looked last night.

Stupid Brain.

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Video of Time-lapse:

Figure Drawing August 5th 2019

•August 6, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I’m in a bit of a funk so not much for commentary today. Here are the drawings and time-lapse from last night at Steve’s.


and the time lapse:

Thank you for visiting my corner of the internet.



Painting from Life July 25th & August 1st, 2019

•August 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Back to the Hungerford and the Art Group without a name.


Second session:



I won’t be attending the next model session at the Thursday Group so there won’t be another portrait for a few weeks. I will still be attending Figure Drawing on Mondays. Thank you for visiting my corner of the internet.

Figure Drawing July 29th, 2019

•July 30, 2019 • 2 Comments

Monday is my art day. I spent the entire day painting. It was glorious! Stopped in time to make it to Steve’s open studio session.

I think the model’s name is Beth – but since I am absolutely horrible at remembering names it may very well not be.

I think being creative in any area helps in other areas. I think painting all day made the figure drawing go a little smoother.

No matter what I know this is teaching me to see better and to make more accurate marks when I draw. It’s definitely worth the practice (and the Instagram followers that I lose EVERY TIME I post a figure drawing).


and the timelapse of the drawing:

Hope that you are able to do something that inspires you today.

Figure Drawing July 22nd 2019

•July 23, 2019 • 2 Comments

My niece has returned home. So back to my normal(ish) schedule.

Monday nights at Steve Carpenter’s Art Center. Bonus…. also one of my favorite models 🙂


Time Lapse of session:

Painting From Life July 11th & 18th, 2019

•July 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment


Second Session:

oh. I have mentioned in my other posts that my niece was visiting for the week. Because of this a lot of things about my schedule were a bit different. Not awful or unmanageable – just different. In this case it led to me having my painting supplies in the car for a few hours before class. I know the heat (especially in a black car in 90 degree heat) isn’t good for the paint, but I didn’t give it much thought as it was going to only be a few hours.
yeah, well… I had no idea how it would affect the turpenoid. Apparently if you leave turp in the car in that kind of heat it evaporates. Completely. Not a spec left. Didn’t leak out all over the car – just went away.

So my second session was painted without any way to thin my paints or clean my brushes out (completely – I still had paper towels to remove the bulk of the paint). This was an experiment that I did not enjoy.

I am not happy with this painting and I wish that I could blame it on the absence of thinner…. but I don’t think that was it.

Maybe next week will be better. Still learning. Still worth it.