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"The level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it."
-Steve Vai

Wednesday, May 27, 2009



A hot day. Late afternoon, the sun low over the montains... how could it possibly be more beautiful?

Acrylic, 12x16"

Back up to Red Rocks with my friend, this time in the early morning. Same place, different time of day, different mood.

Acrylic, 12x16"

This morning I went to Red Rocks Amphitheater with a friend. While she ran the stairs, I got out my kit and did some sketches. It was a beautiful day, and the colors of the red rock formations were awesome.
Here is a small study sketch:

Watercolor, 9x12"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Day 2:

I am really enjoying this one, having fun with the colors, enjoying the process, layering... :D

A study for a potential large piece.
I enjoy working in watercolor.

Day 1:

Watercolor, 9x12"

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lady In White

I have resumed work on this piece, and I am fairly happy with the way it is progressing.
I'm proceeding with the figure, and beginning development of the background/environment and atmosphere/light.

Lady In White
Graphite, 18 x 24"
(The photo is fairly dark.)
I found the Staedtler Mars Lumograph leads - that are less 'shiny' in the blacks - in the softer leads (B/2B) at Art Hardware in Boulder. I like using my drafting pencils. It probably goes back to my days as a technical illustrator - I just like the weight and 'feel' of the metal lead holder, and the ability to grind it to a precise point.
So now, I can work into the darks a bit more-
Day 2:
Graphite, F/B, 18x24"
The other night, I found a reference photo that struck a chord. That 'little inner voice' always brings about interesting things, good things. So I skteched the photo, and as I did, I was thinking about an old song from an old bandmate of mine, about the apparition of a woman who wanders the hills at night.
The next day I was visiting with one of my best friends, and I had brought my sketchbook to share with her.
As we were talking, she mentioned - quite unsolicited - a figure that she sees in her apartment from time to time. As she described her, I listened, without commenting. The figure she described just happened to be uncannily identical to the sketch I had brought to show her.
I got up, grabbed the sketchbook and said "Does she look like this?"

Her jaw dropped.
That was when I knew I was on to something. So I started a large-scale drawing.
Here is the first day's effort:
Graphite - Staedtler Mars Lumograph/F, 18x24"

The photographer is faestock on deviantART, and the model is Ana.