Saturday, December 16, 2017



These charcoal drawings were created during a great class at Sunbear Studio and Gallery called "Experimental Drawing". We focused on loosening up and developing our ability to self critique our work.

Saturday, December 9, 2017






Two studies for a portrait that I would like to paint. I think it is more difficult to do a portrait of someone you know well!

Monday, December 4, 2017


This is an 11"x14" oil portrait painted from life. The likeness to the model is very close but not as close as I would like. I think trying to capture a likeness requires some real planning before painting. If there were time it would be great to do some drawings first to work on being true to the model's features. This painting was completed in two sessions between 2 and 2.5 hours each.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


A pastel from the Figure Studies Studio I attend at Sunbear Studio and Gallery. The pastel in on a piece of matteboard that I coated with pastel ground. I would like to experiment with some other surfaces coated with this ground...maybe masonite, plaster..stay tuned!

Friday, September 29, 2017




Oil on hardboard studies I did at a recent workshop offered by Debra Joyce Dawson. The workshop was terrific! We spent most of our time focusing on painting from life and working on value relationships.Value is an important tool in creating structure and unity in your paintings. By massing your dark values you create a solid design to build on. Color has value as well,which brings complexity and interest. 


Monday, September 11, 2017

"Fedora" oil on canvas, 20"x16". Painted in the figure studio class at Sunbear

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"George" oil on canvas 16"x20" painted from life. This painting was created during the figure studio class at Sunbear Studio and Gallery