Art Blog

Skulls and Flowers

I think its about time for me to start keeping my art blog again. This year has been strange and it seems like everything has fallen off the face of the earth in one way or another. Time to start catching the falling debris. So today I had a friend over and we sketched together. I found a flower photo in my photo file and the skull is hanging on one of the walls in my studio. Its a combination of pencil, charcoal and a little bit of inktense pencil for the color. I think I like it. I have a couple of paintings in progress and will start posting on those as well. Its a start.


A local photographer (Michael Hellen) posted a picture of a heron he took. I asked for permission to paint it and he gave it to me. The following is the progression of the painting as I work on it including Michael’s original photograph.

I was able to get a lot more work done on the painting. I need to wait for it to dry before I can go in and work on it some more, but I am thinking that it may just be a matter of some fine detail work. Maybe a bit of glazing in some areas as well.

This is the painting at this stage. I still have more work to do on it.

This is the base painting for the lights and shadows and placement.
And this is Michael’s photograph