Friday, January 31, 2014

Lessa 2


I painted this without any pencil drawing, just using the brush and watercolor. I tried to get the shape and form of the figure by using shadows and negative space.

Lessa 1


This is the best of my drawings from today's life drawing session.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Brownsville Highway


Along Brownsville Highway there's a valley with this old farmhouse and some sheds. It's a lovely scene I tried to capture this morning with the soft grays and greens of winter.

Coffee Cantata


On Sunday, I went to a chamber music concert at Keyport Bible Church. My friend Daniel Ferguson was the baritone in a humorous piece by, of all people, J.S. Bach. Apparently there was a coffee craze in Bach's time when coffee was first introduced. The father in the musical is outraged because his daughter spends all her time at coffee houses. Anyway, I made this sketch of some of the participants.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Life drawing class


This is the best of my drawings from life drawing class today.

Finn Hill Road again


I wanted to make a darker background for the Finn Hill Road painting, so I did a quick watercolor, just splashing paint on. I think it helps to have the house be the lightest part of the painting. Even though it's kind of slap-dash, I kind of like it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

House on Finn Hill Road


This is an old house near Poulsbo on Finn Hill Road. It's an abandoned farmhouse, not too far from the Wal-Mart. I'm sure someday this property will be a big box store, but in the meantime it's a beautiful old place.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

JKPP Smiling face


I painted this photo without remembering the reference photo, so now I can't post it on Julia Kay's Portrait Party. I really like this face because she's so full of good humor and energy. Maybe if I keep looking I can find the reference photo.

JKPP Olivia Aloisi


I'm getting better at getting the basic facial features, but I often get some of the proportions wrong...in this case her jaw is too long and narrow. But I like the way the shading turned out. From this photo.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

22-foot Scow Sloop by Howard Chappelle

 I was sick for several days recently, so I napped and dreamed about boats. When I was awake, I drew up the plans for this 22-foot scow sloop found in Howard Chapelle's 1941 book, Boatbuilding. The book is a classic, and my copy is well-worn and dog-eared.

This particular boat is a humble scow with squared ends, which Chappelle designed after workboat scows he'd seen. But Chappelle gave this designed such lovely curves fore-and-aft and a sweet little cabin so that it has a modest beauty of its own. I'm building this boat in my mind. Maybe someday I'll build it in wood.





Starbucks gentleman



A gentleman in a classic pea coat and a felt hat sat down across from me at Starbucks and just begged to be sketched.

JKPP Maria Melusine


Although I was sick the other day, I did manage to salvage an otherwise wasted day by making this portrait of Maria Melusine. Here's her photo.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

JKPP Beliza Mendes


This is Beliza Mendes from JKPP. I painted this portrait using only watercolor (no pencil lines). My goal was to build up the washes so that there are clear values. I like the way it turned out.

First painting of the new year


This is Victor Desplanche from Julia Kay's Portrait Party. I like the skin tones, but I didn't get the foreshortening that comes from his tilted head.