The Eiffel tower in Winter

The Eiffel tower in Winter

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Scraggly pines on rocky coast

Scraggly pines on rocky coast

Some new paintings

This painting, of a church and its garden around here , is done in Rembrandt and Faber Castell pastels on Hahnemühle pastel paper:

Tulip Garden

This one is also in pastels on Strathmore toned paper, loosely based on a photo I had taken about a year back while on a visit to California. We had bad weather so my reference was not very good, and not even of a sunset….. but I badly wanted to do one of a beach .. so I improvised:

Sunset on the beach

I am working on this one right now, of beautiful scraggly weather beaten pines on the same rocky shore as the painting above. I am working with a dip pen and black ink on rough watercolor board. It`s really fun trying to capture the textures of the bark on the rough board. I`ve used a brush to soften the edges of the marks and sometimes to just lay in some clean water and then do the markings.

scraggly pines

Exercise from J.D. harding’s book

Exercise from J.D. harding’s book

Random sketches

Random sketches

Fall foliage

Fall foliage

Glenn Vilppu Squash and Stretch

Jack Laws on sketching birds

By the roadside…

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20 minute poses in Life drawing classes

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