Tuesday, July 17, 2012


My oldest great grandson, Clayton, proved to be a great subject for this portrait taken from a candid photograph.  It was a challenge because a white tablecloth just under his face was reflecting light upward onto his face.  Also, the big smile pulled his nose up on the left (his right).   It is 10"x12" using colored pencils on illustration board.                                                     

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Nancy" Receives 3rd Place Ribbon

The colored pencil painting of my daughter, Nancy,
received a 3rd place ribbon at a local show yesterday, June 2, 2012.
It also received a glowing critique from the judge.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


This is my beautiful daughter, Nancy.  I am pleased with this painting since the likeness is exact.  Soon I'll learn if she agrees.
It is 14"x10" on Crescent Illustration Board using multiple brands of colored pencils.

This is the initial drawing using Terra Cotta colored pencil.  I work with Terra Cotta until I feel that I have the likeness and then I add color.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scratchboard Art

I tried my hand at creating scratch art.  Using scratch board which is clayboard coated with India Ink, I scratched the image into the board with an Xacto knife and other sharp tools.  On Happy Hoppy, I used colored pencil to tint the the white clay that was uncovered with the scratching.  As you can see, I need some practice scratching my signature onto the board.

                                                      Happy Hoppy
                                          Scratch Art with Colored Pencil
                                                        7x5 inches

Scratch Art
7x5 inches

Monday, January 30, 2012


This January, I did two colored pencil pieces after taking a break from the medium for a few years.  This is one of my great grandchildren modeling my hat.  She's a real charmer.  9X11 inches

Hot! Hot! Hot! Dahlia

This miniature is also in colored pencil.  Since I favor the warm colors, especially orange and yellow, this was fun to do. 4X4 inches

White Fire

I went through a rose phase for a few years.  The following roses were all done with Oil Pastel.  I love working with this medium.  The colors are wonderfully vibrant.  It is oil in a stick or crayon form - like working with lipstick.  After applying, one blends with hard rubber tools or fingers.  15X18 inches

Rose in Repose

This rose was resting on top of a small trunk.  I like the color combination.
18X26 inches


I found these roses to be enchanting.
20X24 inches


These roses were part of a bouquet I received for Mother's Day.  I took them out on the porch in the sunlight for this painting.  20X27 inches

Radiant Blush

As you can see, I like those warm colors.
18X12.5 inches


I did a WIP demo of this rose on the Wet Canvas Oil Pastel forum.
7x11 inches

Fragrant Fire

This is the first oil pastel that I did.  I fell in love with this medium immediately.
12X15 inches