Thursday Hungerford Group March 7th & 14th, 2019

•March 14, 2019 • 2 Comments

First day. I like that Mark bring props and gives us interesting poses. He has a great face and I am happy to have had another opportunity to work with him.

He had to be dying wearing all these layers in that room (it’s SO hot in there this time of year) but he is an incredibly good sport and never complained about it.


Day 2


I was (all things considered) fairly happy with this one so I stopped early. I found myself noodling on it and that is when it is time to walk away.

Always always always worth the time and the practice. I was thinking today about people who view art as some sort of magic trick. “I don’t know how you do that.” Practice. Lots and lots of practice. I can look back at the ones that I did even in the recent past an see where I am making improvements. I don’t think we ever get to the point where we really feel like we’ve “got it” but chasing it is fun.

Hungerford Thursday Group February 28th, 2019

•March 14, 2019 • 2 Comments

I was out of town for the other session on this model so I opted not to paint this time.

It’s been a while since I have drawn the model and my hand was sweaty enough that I warped the paper on the right side. Good thing these are just for practice. I neglected to write down the model’s name so I apologize but I don’t remember what it was. 022819010228190202281903022819040228190502281906

I used the prismacolor col-erase pencils for this which are nice because you can erase them (and I use them for almost all of my daily drawing projects) but I don’t know if they were the best choice for this as I didn’t feel like I could get good saturation with them.

It’s all experimenting and learning.

Might try a bunch of other things and wind up coming back to the pencils. You never know.

Life Painting with the Thursday Group at the Hungerford – February 7th & 14th

•February 14, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I had initially thought that I would stop going on Thursdays so that I could have more time to work on new pieces for my show in the Fall. I skipped a few sessions and found that I was filling that time with a lot of things but most of it wasn’t painting. I honestly find that the more art that I create the more inspired I am to create more. So back to group on Thursdays and a new model for us. I actually worked with this lovely lady almost 30 years ago at Xerox. it was a lifetime ago. Lots of memories and lots of things that I had clearly forgotten about. It was interesting to catch up.


Back today. Happy Valentine’s Day!



Much happier with the colors and contrast after the second session – but not as much with the likeness.

Will keep trying as always 🙂


Mid Winter Drawing and Painting Slam at Steve Carpenter’s February 10th, 2019

•February 13, 2019 • 1 Comment

This is an annual get together at Steve’s. They do potluck food stuff and have two models sitting for the day in the same poses all day (with breaks of course). Because this event can be super busy I try to get there early to set up to paint before too many spots have been filled. Because of this I never know who I am going to be painting beforehand and am committed to the spot before the models arrive.

This time I would have been happy as both models who were booked are great to paint. As it turned out I was on the side with Mark posing. I was really happy about this as Mark has a really great face and I haven’t been at all pleased with the portraits that I have tried to do of him in the past.

I was determined not to mess it up this time. Steve was working on the other side and so I was left to play with the lighting and what not by myself. I’ve never done that before.


Overall I am MUCH more pleased with this one that the other times I have tried to paint Mark. I feel slightly redeemed. I was also SUPER pleased that he liked it as well. You never know how the model is going to respond to the painting especially when they aren’t exact likenesses of them. He said that he liked it and posted it on his Facebook page with some very nice compliments.

Later that night another model told me that one of the drawings that I have made of her is her favorite ever and is the one that she shows people when she tells them that she models.

My art ego didn’t know how much I needed the positive feedback. I feel like I have really been struggling and all I can see is what I have done wrong and how it could be done better. It’s hard to feel like I have succeeded with a piece. Outside feedback helps a lot and it carries more weight when it comes from another artist and/or a model.


Tattoo Update – some random tattoos February 2019

•February 12, 2019 • 1 Comment

Been working for a while on a leg sleeve of Laurie’s kitties. This is our most recent addition.


This little guy could have his own blog. He is amazing. May I present Hunky Dory.



A piece based on the art of Arthur Rackham.


Piece in progress:


A little pink elephant tattoo.


Tattoo based on a Rochester Flower design that I drew a while back. The lady who got this tattoo also happens to own the original drawing. Honored that she chose to get the tattoo as well as the paper art.

Although Rochester is now known as the Flower City – there was a time when we were the Flour City.


I knew this day was coming. Bittersweet. I have actually referred to this tattoo (publicly) as my favorite tattoo ever. I didn’t think I would ever have one… but here it is. I really enjoyed this piece and getting to know Rob in the process. There will be a whole separate blog post on this one when I get final healed photos. In the meantime, here is the entire piece.






Cake the Cat

•January 10, 2019 • 1 Comment

Oil painting for a lovely human who lost her kitty recently. Progress as I worked on this randomly.




IMG_7975 at end of session… and then after drying….



Thursday Group at the Hungerford December 20th & 27th, 2018

•December 29, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I really liked the pose that Rina took for this one. I went out to my car to get a little bigger canvas so that I could paint the entire pose instead of focusing just on her face.

First Session


Second Session


Overall I would have preferred of I would have had her take up more of the canvas. It’s possible that I could have even horizontally formatted it. I ran into a lot of new problems trying to work this small. There were some things that I was happy with and some things that I would do differently.

As always, it is worth the time and the effort. My painting and mixing abilities are improving and I am more willing to take risks in what I am doing. I am no where near comfortable with this and from what I hear you never really get comfortable working from life. That’s okay too. I like being outside of my comfort zone and I like learning new things.