White roses squared



Today I finished the study of white roses.  If I keep working on it, I’m afraid I’ll ruin it.  The surface is about as saturated with pastels as it can stand. Working on heavy weight sketchpad paper worked out better than I’d hoped.  I liked using the white of the paper against the coverage of hues and values you can get with pastels.

When I consulted with my studio neighbor, Rick Stoner, about framing this, he pulled two shrink wrapped square (18″ x 18″) gallery wrapped canvas, and gave them to me.

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.