Roses from Roosevelt Park



More work on the 2 panel yellow rose composition.

Some of the areas are becoming unworkable. Part of the freewheeling approach to this sketch was layering pastels and watercolor pencils on unprepared drawing paper. In general, I think it worked, but a few areas won’t accept additional pigment (for example, the dark flower areas in the center).

So it’s time to stop, and move on to the next step. I pulled off the masking tape. How to frame this?

Rose colored panels


This is a study for a 2 panel painting I’m planning.

I have been snapping pics of flowers I encounter on my walks ’round town. These were captured at Roosevelt Park.

I’m experimenting in this drawing. It’s the first time I’ve mixed pastels with colored pencils.

Dead body in my backyard

wirelessI noticed Chester sniffing around under one of the trees in our backyard, and discovered this fallen bird.

Upon closer inspection, it looks as if the bird is a predator.  There is what appears to be a tail is sticking out of its beak.  A field mouse? Did the last meal prove to be the Last Supper?  I could see no marks of violence.

Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?

Progressive Petunia


This is an in-progress snap of an oil painting I started working on last week.

It’s a petunia growing in my yard. When photographing for this painting, I put a blank sketchbook page behind it to focus on flower with no background.

Hoping to finish this week, in time for opening my studio for 2nd Friday.

Second Friday


Every 2nd Friday of the month is art night in Longmont.

I’ve been opening my studio on these evenings. Last Friday these two women stopped by and allowed my to take a picture, which I used for this sketch.