Two bulls from the Sayer farm. I sketched them in charcoal on very large sheets of arches watercolor paper starting with black and erasing all of the white. 30 x40 in.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I drove through Loch Raven reservoir last tues. just as the sun was setting. It was below freezing temp but since the day was clear there was incredible light raking from behind. This piece is unfinished. What I wantto show was the bright yellow light cast on the opposite shore. 16x20in pastel
Monday, January 12, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
I had Christmas Eve dinner with the family at the Severn Inn on the river just below the Naval Academy Bridge in Annapolis. I remember eating crabs there as a boy many years ago. what's left of the old marina is in the foreground. I was bowled over by the lights shining through the fog. I took a few shots and from them did a large charcoal, 22x30in.
I started with a toned charcoal surface and used an eraser to create the whites and tones. I blended with fingers , rubbed out and redrew many times.
It was accepted in the MfA Gallery show in Annapolis and is hanging there now till the 24th .
Monday, November 24, 2014
I've joined a workshop for teachers with Cheryl Milligan, an accomplished Mentor teacher. The assignment we were given was to do 2 selfportraits. One a "smoothie" and one "Slash and Dash." In giving them names they exhibit to students the range they can achieve, the choices they can make. Most beginners opt for the highly detailed Smoothie when the Slash and Dash can convey much more emotion. Lighting the face is crucial. Strong shadows convey drama as well as bone structure.