Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Dreaded Upturn!

I had fun drawing this guy.  I tell you your brain cannot believe that you're going to put the tip of the nose practically between the person's eyes!  An upturned face could easily make you run screaming from the room!  And's fun in a weird way:)
Please ignore the fingerprints:)  Happy Sunday!

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Our last drawing  class is Monday.  Our final project was to do a drawing from a film still and write about its significance.  This is my final.  It's from my favorite movie.  I believe it's the best movie ever made.  My drawing is charcoal on 20" x 24" Rives BFK.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Portrait is Completed!

We finished our portraits in class last night.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Screen Printing at UNLV - Lots of Fun!

Yesterday afternoon, there was a screen printing workshop at the Majorie Barrick Art Museum at UNLV.  Jim and I went just to observe and Jim decided to participate.  Everyone there was really nice - the people who worked there and the students.  We had a blast.  Jim's print turned out great!  This was the first time he'd ever tried this.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Last Night's Project in Drawing Class

Last night we used grids in our drawing class.  Jim drew me and I drew him.  This is vine charcoal on 16x20 Rives BFK.  We had so much fun!  I'm posting my reference photo with the drawing.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! I'm in the Midst of an Experiment!

First of all, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  Then, I'd like to tell you about my experiment.  I'm playing with ideas from Nita Engle's book.  I took a piece of Arches 140 lb cold press that was already stretched on a board, lightly sprayed it with water from my spray bottle (leaving a lot of dry areas), and squirted (from a squirt bottle with a needle tip) ultramarine mixed with water to about the consistency of whole milk in lines like waves across the paper.  Then I sprayed with more plain water.  Nita explains this better in her book, but the effect is white caps on water.  (I didn't get the exact effect, but I was still excited.)  I made a great big mess and had so much fun!  I showed Jim, but I don't think he thought it was quite as exciting as I did:)  He's a good sport, though!  Anyhow, I'm going to continue playing with this.  I think it will take a while for me to get the feel of it, but it's a cool, loose way to start a painting.  No photos yet - I want to play a little more before taking photos.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Still Not Quite Right...

I think this is a little better, but it's still not quite right.  However, it's done.

Why am I having so much trouble with the eyes?