Saturday, January 3, 2009


Vigilant 20 x 25 inches on Stonehenge with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

My friend Terry, went to Kenya and shot a beautiful photograph of this cheetah family. He gave me permission to use it as a reference. The sky and plains in the background were not in the reference and were added in such a way to elevate the cheetah family higher than they were in the original image. The entire progress in the drawing can be found on WetCanvas in this thread


Luminous 19.5 x 29 inches on Stonehenge paper with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

The glass was a first for me. Lots of pigment and smudging to get it to look transparent and yet solid enough to hold the grapes. The work in progress for the drawing can be found here on WetCanvas in this thread

Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic 28.5 x 11 inches on Stonehenge Paper with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

I love this combination of paper and pencils. I am able to get depth without having to deal with too much tooth of the paper. The entire work in progress for this drawing can be found on WetCanvas in this thread

This drawing was exhibited at Yellow Springs Art Show Pennsylvania, 2009.

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren 14 x 24 inches

Further experimentation in CP. The reeds are graphite with ochre and the bird was entirely CP.

This was exhibited at Yellow Springs Art Show, Pennsylvania 2008 and was sold.

Fuschia - CP and Graphite

Fuchsia 18 x 24 inches Strathmore Drawing Medium with Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils.

My original drawing of this fuchsia was graphite which I colored over with CP. Some of the original depth of the graphite has been lost in translation.

Hosta - CP and Graphite

Hosta 11 x 12 inches

I am still in the process of experimenting with CP. As this was in the early days of my experimentation and as my previous experience was comprised primarily of graphite drawings, I decided to start with graphite as a grisaille and then layered over the top CP. It lacks depth, the colors are dirty and it could have had several more layers of CP pigment.

I was learning the response of the paper to pigment. The paper here is Strathmore Drawing Medium and the colored pencils are PrismaColors. This drawing strikes me as though I lack confidence.

This drawing was exhibited at Frame Station Gallery, Berwyn PA and was sold, 2012.

Indian Portrait

This was an experiment with monochromatic colours using Derwent Drawing pencils: Chocolate, Brown Ochre, Ivory Black, Venetian Red, and Yellow Ochre. It is comprised of many layers of these pencil colors. I felt that it almost worked.

First foray into colored pencil

This was my first attempt at coloured pencil. It is less than desired as a CP but it spurred me into further experiments. I did manage to capture the warmth of the light on the bird even if he is a little fat.