Wednesday, December 17, 2014

JKPP Olivia St. Jean

This is one of my favorite portraits so far. I like the layering of the watercolors. From this photo.

JKPP Steve Huison

From this photo.

JKPP Crosquisdenico

From this photo.

JKPP Duckmarx

From this photo.

JKPP Synchotron

From this photo.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gloria at life drawing

Two of my best drawings at life drawing class today.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Drawing Jam at Gage Institute, December 6

Yesterday I went to Seattle with two friends to attend the annual Drawing Jam at Gage Institute. Drawing Jam is a day of open drawing. Gage offers dozens of models in many different rooms, and you can circulate through the school and find all kinds of interesting things to draw. There were throngs of people and the atmosphere was electric. Everyone was having fun. I drew for about six hours and got lots of drawings. Here are the best ones.

Patrick for JKPP

I drew this portrait for Patrick from this photo. I'm pretty happy with the results.

Marion for JKPP

I spent some time on this portrait of Marion to try to get the proportions of the face correct, and I'm fairly happy with the results. I drew it from this photo.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nick Kobyluch for JKPP

From this photo.

Heanu Kang for JKPP

From this photo.

Jane A for JKPP

I made this pencil portrait of Jane A from this photo.

Clearcut scene near Stevenson, WA

For Thanksgiving, we visited Katy's sister Margo. I drove up a logging road and made a watercolor of this clearcut area.

Guy in chair

On Thanksgiving morning I made this watercolor of my son, Guy. I did it fairly quickly and loosely.

Monday, November 24, 2014


I photographed this surveyor in Seattle and made this watercolor from the photo.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Life drawing with Abdel

Today our model at life drawing was Abdel and I enjoyed painting and sketching him.

This is probably my best effort of the day.

Friday, November 14, 2014

House and barn on Poulson Road

I made this sketch this morning on a cold and clear day. This is a beautiful house and barn on Poulson Road near Silverdale.

I made this 5x7 painting from the sketch I made this morning.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Anat Ronen for JKPP

From this photo.

Old Frontier Driveway #2

This is my second attempt at this scene. The first attempt is here.

Desert Rain

This was an experiment to show rain coming out of a cloudy sky, maybe in the desert. I have a new 2" flat brush that is helping me with these washes.

Young woman in ink

I've had a number of failures lately of portraits of young women. I can't seem to get the proportions of the face right. I think it's because there are so few wrinkles or creases to divide up the face. You have to figure out where to put the eyes in all that blank space. And I always seem to make the nose too long. I did this portrait in ink and I'm fairly pleased with the proportions.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Randall at Life Drawing

I made these sketches at life drawing on Friday.

15 minutes with watercolor pencil and wash. I like the proportions on the upper body. Couldn't seem to get that left leg properly.

I like this one because it uses three primary colors and leaves some white space. I'm just learning how to use watercolor on the figure.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Sketches from Diocesan Convention

This weekend I was at Diocesan Convention - sort of a church geek gathering - and made these sketches.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Barge at the Silverdale Waterfront

I made this painting based on the sketch I made of the Silverdale waterfront this afternoon (below).

After swimming laps at the Y, the sun peeked through the clouds and I went down to the waterfront. Saw this barge pulling old creosote pilings out of the bay and had to make a sketch. They're trying to clean up all the sources of old pollution, especially the creosote timbers that continually ooze their poison into the Sound.

A few sketches from coffee shops

 I know its very tacky to go to a Starbucks on Bainbridge Island, but it's just so convenient and right near my appointment...I went anyway. And made this sketch of a lovely old couple.

 Snatched a quick portrait of this man while he was eating lunch with his wife at the Fork and Spoon in Bainbridge Island.


These are the best of my drawings at life drawing today. Randall was our model.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Life drawing paintings

Paintings from life drawing today.
I like this one because of the way the washes flow through the figure, sort of like Alan Ridley does it, only he does it so much more beautifully.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Old Frontier Road watercolor

I made this watercolor from the sketch in the previous post. I like the shapes and the dark colors. Somehow I got the smaller truck way too small!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Old Frontier Road driveway sketch

I made this sketch of a driveway on Old Frontier Road. I like the angles formed by the fence and the house.