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New Acrylic Study

 Wow!  Already we are one week in to the new year and this is my first posting.  I had great intentions for the start of the year, but I caught a cold.  It doesn’t matter, though, the intentions are still worthy.  We can always slip things a week here or there.  The point is to […]

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Drawing Drapery

I find studying drapery, which usually means my favorite linen napkin, to be satisfying.  The folds create interesting shapes and patterns.  And, there is a bit of understatement.  I come back to drapery periodically because it is a challenge to draw.  One day, I may start painting the drapery.  Hmmm, I think I’ll put that […]

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Moving Sideway

I’ve been thinking about my recent still life studies.  I’m thinking of how to explain the move from my stylized “Peggy” work to my drawing and painting from life.  I think of it as a lateral move rather than a move backward.   For me, drawing and painting is about learning.  I have not devoted […]

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Today I’m posting two more studies of my favorite shells.  I keep finding new things to see in my collection of shells.  I have yet to paint the definitive work of my favorite shells.  So, I draw them multiple times.   The broken seashells are a bit of the natural world that I brought in […]

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Twelve Years On

Recently I purchased a book on drawing by Juliette Aristides called “Lessons in Classical Drawing”.  I am learning new things about drawing as well as revisiting techniques I already practice.  For example, I never thought of using a knitting needle to help in seeing alignment of objects or for sighting.  And, I am being deliberate […]

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Still Life Drawing of Seashells and Doll with Seashell Hat

In the last week, I have been working more deliberately.  Today’s drawing of my doll with a seashell hat took more than 35 minutes to do.  I find that both approaches to working, slow and fast, help hone my skills in the long run.   Usually what I do is set up the still life […]

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Doll with a Seashell Hat x3

    I have continued working on my studies of the doll with a seashell hat.  These studies are fun and enlightening.  I do find myself wanting to perfect the image.  But, the funny thing is that perfection is elusive.  Thank goodness!  Always something to work on.   The first study is the final state […]

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Doll with a Seashell Hat

    I have been working on drawing and painting this small doll my mother gave me some years ago.  The doll is made of porcelain and is one that my mother had when she was young.  Her hat is a seashell.   As you can see, the study is in a “high key”, that […]

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Sweet & Sour v2 (42 of 100)

      Another quick study…still having fun! This particular study had a “wet into wet” layer.  After the layer dried, I emphasized some of the values, then added a little bit of calligraphy. Enjoy!

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Sweet & Sour (Study #41)

          I’m having fun creating still life set ups from the odds and ends I have.  There is much I can learn from their simple shapes.   “Sweet” is my giggling toy and “sour” is a bottle of lemon juice. Thank you.  Enjoy!

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