Monday, May 11, 2015

Study of a Chicakee

I've been extra busy these days...but my sketch book allows me to still create. 
Here's my recent study....

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A brown Thrasher

I was trimming a hedge the other day and a brown thrasher gave me a verbal thrashing when I discovered she had set up a nest in that hedge.  This drawing is inspired by her and her sweet little brood.  Of course I've stopped trimming that hedge till she and her family are out and about. I wouldn't want to upset her anymore.  I did however love seeing those beautiful golden eyes up close when she gave me a what for. Just a sign spring is here I suppose.

Monday, April 13, 2015

An Oven Bird...not a Turkey!

I guess I'm in the bird mood. This is an Oven Bird, one of my favorites. 

Often seen, when they are, under bushes digging through leaves and detritus. Walks like a dove, one foot in front of the other vs hopping. A very cute and sweet bird.  Strangely enough a physical trait that doesn't seem to be categorized one way or another in the ornithological field. At least it's strange to me at least since it seems like it would be an evolutionary beneficial energy saving trait. At least I can't find anything on the subject so far...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Study of a Tufted Titmouse

What is on the drawing table tonight? A cute lil' tufted titmouse.  
One of my favorite I sketched this one up today.

When I still had a garden and had bird feeders, 
I had two occasions where one of these guys came down 
and landed on my head and picked at my hair.  
Not sure why,but I felt blessed.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Figure Studies

As an artist,your draftsman skills need to stay fresh. The best solution is to find a class for figure studies. Here's a recent page from two twenty minute studies.  

I'm going to post the better drawings on my Etsy web site for $20.00 and hope I can help support my art habit. So feel free to check out the Etsy site and I'll post them at the bottom of my gallery as well in up coming weeks. 

Pick up a Pencil!

Sometime it is hard to get motivated...but when I can't do anything else...I pick up a pencil. So, here's a moose standing in a field on a cold winter day. We don't enjoy seeing them here in Florida, but I loved seeing them out west.

It's especially tough to get motivated when life gets in the way.
Last week I lost my little cat, Kiki after 18 years.
This very special, loving little cat will be missed..

Friday, February 27, 2015

Back to Work

Haven't posted in a while..been too busy with family and work to draw or paint.  
However, took some time to sketch this kingfisher...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Watercolor Trials

Watercolor can be challenging. However there is something beautiful about
the balance between nature and control of the artist.  So over the years, I've found myself
revisiting watercolor. As a result I thought I'd work on a little landscape of a church in 
one of my favorite spots in the mountains that I found at the end of fall. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Details of Trees

I've been doing more drawings and ink studies recently. 
I love trees, so I spent time diving into the details of 
a tree this weekend. This tree actually lives in Thomas Jefferson's garden.
The drawing is a study from a photo I took...
The steeple lives in North Carolina.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bird Studies

Here's another little watercolor I worked on this weekend. 
Happy little yellow bird!

A little Inspiration

So, we have a new addition to the creative space...
One of Ann Wood's beautiful little birds, Molly!
What a perfect addition, you see she matches.
I hope she brings me much inspiration! 
How blessed I feel!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Final Touches on my Mockingbird

A few final touches tonight!!
Oh how I can't wait till I can paint full time!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Creative Space

My space is slowly evolving. It's still in disarray, but I found a small 
spot to paint a small watercolor of a mockingbird today!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Draw and Doodle

Over the years...even when I have a moment, right out of my head, 
I just doodle and draw. Here are some quick examples of my 
random doodles from my Franklin Planner calendars over the years...
Be inspired and just doodle and draw!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Farm House Study

Just a view of the a new study of a farm house.
I'm trying to develop my creative space. It's an evolving process...
I hope this space becomes more lovely in coming weeks.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Quick Paint: Veiled Lady

This is last nights work... apx 3.5 hrs.
Veiled Lady

I started working on the drawing. 
The background is only white due because I was reusing this panel.
Poor painters have to be thrifty.

Then I started blocking in the color...that's the basic start.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finding Inspiration

I love to explore... especially hidden little gems.
These are some places I found here in Florida!

Watercolors Studies

I've been painting with watercolors for a long time. 
Here are some I found in my archives I thought I'd share!

Whenever I go for a walk in nature... I'm inspired by God's creation!
I love the amazing colors and shapes of these fallen samaras that I
found this past spring. Samara's are one of my favorite seeds. Basically,
they are seeds with little wings designed to ensure the seed has a chance to
reach light, away from the parent tree.  This one is from a maple.

This palm frond reflects a stunning pattern in the light.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rainy day Work

It's pouring outside, but I have a new creation on the table.

This weeks work...together! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Another Fragile thing for Illustration Friday

I couldn't more fragile thing for this week!
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Giving Thanks!

I sure am thankful for so many I thought I'd share a favorite inspirational spot...a hard pan (soil) pond in the middle of a flatwoods ecosystem here in Florida! Now this is the real Florida! 
You won't see a large mouse in a shirt out here!

My favorite bench to contemplate the beauty this peaceful place.

I hope your summer is filled with inspiration and beautiful places! 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Illustration Friday: Fagile

Well, I can't help thing of "the Christmas Story" 
when I think of the term "fagile"..but the closest
thing I have is a painting of a shoe...that seems fragile too. :-) 
This weeks submission for Illustration Friday.
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