Figure Drawing June 3rd, 2019

•June 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been helping out with timing the models on Monday nights. Larry usually keeps attendance and keeps track of everyone’s hours.

Monday morning I found out that Larry wouldn’t be able to make it in. I therefore needed to step up and do the attendance/hours. Which means that I would have to talk to people.

Not always my strong suit.

I did okay I think. It did take away from that amount of time that I had on poses as I had to get up and check with new people as they came in.

I’m still using the silverpoint on like paper.

Short poses:

figure drawing silverpoint

Little bit longer:

(These are done on a sheet of the cream colored plike paper. The second one is on the back of the first and you can see it through the paper some.)

figure drawing silverpoint

I actually like this one…

figure drawing silver point

and the long pose for the evening:

figure drawing silver point

an attempt at making an Instagram friendly photo….

This shows you the points that I am using. They are silver wire in a mechanical pencil holder and in a lead holder. The wider one I sanded down and I use it for shading (like the background) and the little one for details and what not. I sometimes forget to switch between the two and will use one or the other for an entire session.

silverpoint drawing

I don’t know if you noticed, but that drawing is very small. I had been worried that I wouldn’t have enough room to fit all of her on the paper – so I had intentionally gone small…. but as it turns out I went even smaller than I meant to.


Nothing like adding a little extra challenge to your figure drawing.


I won’t be there for figure drawing next week as I am going to Massachusetts for the IMC. I am going back and forth between excited and terrified.

We shall see how it goes.

Monster Project United #20

•June 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Still having so much fun with these.

This is Bumpy. He was created by seven year old Grant. I don’t know where the Monster Project finds these kids – but I want to hang out with them. I know for sure that I was no where near this creative as a child.


Moster Project 20 Grant's Bumpy

Please take a moment and watch Grant explain Bumpy’s Alien Powers. He’s amazing.

My version of Bumpy:

monster project united bumpy the monster

and the time lapse of Bumpy being drawn on my iPad:

If these inspire you – anyone at all can participate. If you sign up on the Monster Project’s site – they will send you an email every other week with a new monster to imagine. I hope that the kids get as much out of participating in this as I do. I look forward to the new prompts.

by the way…. I made sure to give Bumpy a dashboard human and I am pretty sure he is wearing colander pants. I think they must be best for tucking and rolling over people. Give you both support and breathability.

I also decided that the little wires with radar dishes on the ends were for telekinetic control of his ship. The two that you can’t see in my drawing plug directly into his chair.

Grant can let me know if I got any of that wrong.


Bell Jar Hummingbird

•June 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Was reading a book the other day (one of the Harry Potter books) and they briefly described a magical bell jar that held a fragment of time in it. A hummingbird releasing from the shell and returning and releasing and returning and so on and so forth.

Obviously there are a lot of stunning visuals contained in the book – but for some reason I kept thinking about this one. Had some time yesterday in between appointments and here is the result.

hummingbird in belljar

Time lapse of me making it…

and that’s all for today.

I really am working on a bunch of paintings. Lots of things. I just want to keep them a surprise until my show in November.

Please be patient with me. I am hoping that it will be worth the wait. Mark your calendars.

November 1st at Whitman Works. Costumes greatly encouraged.

Figure Drawing May 20th, 2019

•May 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Still using Silver point. I was varnishing some paintings earlier in the day and I think I got spray varnish on the first sheet of silver point. It was not cooperating in the way it normally would.

I had ordered white and cream plike paper – thinking that I would use white highlights on the creme paper (they didn’t show well enough) and that it would look nice when the silverpoint marks ‘turn’. So far it’s too soon to know if that has worked out at all. I had looked up ways to age the marks quicker, but I haven’t attempted any of them yet.

Short poses (on the oddly coated paper). Paper is actually creme. My phone apparently “fixes” the coloring for me.


Little longer (on white paper):




on the back of the same white plike paper (the creme is thinner and not opaque enough to utilize the back):


Long pose (again this is actually on the creme paper):


Photographed together you can see the difference:


I bought so much of this paper (it comes in giant sheets and I cut it up) that I want to keep using it for a while. If I have some time to work on personal drawings I may do some more in the silverpoint.

Until then, rest assured I am furiously busy painting – but want to save them to show off when my show opens the beginning of November.

Next Monday is a Holiday so there won’t be any class next week.


Project My Monsta

•May 14, 2019 • 1 Comment

I was contacted by Project My Monsta to see if I would be interested in doing a re-draw for them as well. Since I am having fun with these I agreed. They sent me 3 photos to pick from and I chose this one.


I didn’t get any information about the child that drew this one or their age.

I did suspect that the child’s drawing was based on a tank. I intentionally decided to move away from that. All politics aside, I think there are enough real monsters in the world for all of us to worry about and I would like these to be more fun monsters.

Here is my version.


and the time-lapse of me working on the drawing:

Not sure how things work with Project My Monsta – but I do hope that they ask me to participate again some time. I have fun with these.


Thursday Art Group (without a name) at the Hungerford May 2nd & 9th, 2019

•May 9, 2019 • 1 Comment

Not feeling really talkative today. Here are the stage photos of painting Michael today and last Thursday.


I actually really like this at this stage and considered stopping here. I took the photo and posted it on facebook so that at least there would be a record of it if I didn’t like where it went later.


End of first session.


Second session.


I got to see Michael’s paintings today for the first time. He calls himself the Cloud Guy. His   paintings are really beautiful.

He also threatened that this might be the last time he sits as he said there is “too much of me out there”. I hope that he changes his mind. I’ve only painted him a few times and I think it would be a LOT more before I would get bored.

I posted him online and someone commented that they think he is the most painted guy in Rochester. So maybe there really are that many paintings of him out there… but who can’t use a few more?

HummingBear & other randomness

•May 9, 2019 • 1 Comment

You see lots of random memes in any given day if you spend any time at all on the internet. Friend posted this on their facebook feed:


(and if you are an internet purist – please do not message me and explain to me why this image doesn’t qualify as a meme.)

It made me wonder what else a hummingbear might look like. I took a jab at it and came up with this.


The timelapse of the drawing if you are interested.

Every once in a while someone will forward me an article on the weird little angry rabbits that appeared in Medieval Manuscript margins. I have read a bunch of them and they explain some of the meanings… but basically they are doodles and jokes from a time  long ago. They may be offensive. They may be funny. Without a better understanding of the times – we aren’t going to “get” the jokes. I am totally okay with that.

Figured I would start re-drawing them when I am in between projects.


of course for the second one I didn’t even pick a rabbit… but who can resist a kitty snail? or whatever that is?

snailkittytheirs snailkittymine


I got together with a friend who wanted to experiment with oil paints. I didn’t have a real plan and I didn’t want to bring one of the pieces that I have going for my show in the fall (they were too far along to do much demonstrating on). So I made this for no reason other than to play with paint. It’s good to goof off sometimes. Maybe I will work on it more. Maybe it will wind up in my show. Maybe this is as far as it will ever get. Doesn’t matter. It was good for me.


I had debated about leaving the background edges canvas or darkening them in. Now that I have done it, I still can’t decide if it was the right decision.