Reworking and playing with a motif

I completed a number of drawings of fresh or dried sunflowers. In order to push the work in a different direction, away from solely observational drawing, I used a variety of media (watercolor, marker, mixed media) on top of the drawing or I cut up the images and rearranged. These works feel more personal, moreContinue reading “Reworking and playing with a motif”

Sunflowers

I love both fresh and dried sunflowers.  Of course the model for both is Van Gogh’s drawings and paintings.  I did one drawing in pen and ink using one freshly cut flower and two somewhat dried flowers.  Then I used a paint program to add some color.  I’m still working on ideas about how toContinue reading “Sunflowers”

Antietam

This summer I traveled by bicycle to the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.  I was struck by the tragedy of the battle: over 23,000 soldiers killed in one day on September 17, 1862.  Neither side claimed victory.  President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation five days after the battle.  We had lunch in the town ofContinue reading “Antietam”

Wharf Drawings

These two works were done primarily from life but also touched up back in the studio.  I did the wharf picture on site using colored pencil and watercolor.  I redrew it on toned paper that night, using my sketch and photo references.  I was really interested in getting the geometry of the buildings and theContinue reading “Wharf Drawings”