Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Here's a sketch of my other grandson.  The angle of his head and downcast eyes presented challenges.  I wish my reference photo showed his hands (hands are as individual as faces).  He was holding a leaf he had found on the ground during our "nature walk".

                                                     9" x 12"
                                                     graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Continuing my recent urge to do portraits, I decided to do drawings of my two grandsons.  Using photos that I had made of them a few years ago,  I've completed the first one. 

                                                     9" x 12"
                                                     graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Self Portrait 1/24/2018

It's been awhile since I've done a self portrait.  Usually doing quick sketches while looking in a mirror,  today I decided to use a photograph and do one that is more involved than usual.  A couple of my students have been working on  graphite portraits from photographs.  So, I decided that it was time for me to do one to show them.  I took a "selfie" to use as reference.  Quite a revelation for me to discover wrinkles that I normally wouldn't notice or give any attention!

                                          12" X 12"
                                          graphite on paper

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Here are two sketches from a recent visit to Jekyll Island. Such a beautiful island with many old "Live Oak" trees that are covered with hanging moss.

The first sketch was done at "Driftwood Beach" , an area along the northeast side of the island where many storm damaged trees and limbs have found their way here over time.:

                                                        watercolor, pen and ink
                                                        on 7" x 10" sketchbook page

The second sketch is of a clump of trees along "Clam Creek Road":

                                           watercolor, pen and ink on 7" x 10" sketchbook page

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"Path to the Beach" Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

                                                      graphite on 7" x 10" sketchbook page


                                                       Found along the way:
                                                       graphite on 7" x10" sketchbook page

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Sycamore Beside the New River"

This past weekend we attempted to escape the heat and traveled to Jefferson, NC.  We visited friends in Crumpler and had a wonderful riparian afternoon and picnic alongside of the New River at their delightful setting there.  I enjoyed sketching this magnificent sycamore while embracing the soft trickling sounds of the  river and general peace and beauty of my surroundings.

                                                      watercolor and "Pit" artist pen on 7" x 10" sketchbook page

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Our Garden"

Our garden has been exceptionally beautiful this season.  Abundant Spring rains have kept everything lush and growing strong.  Many heretofore bare spots have been filled with transplanted divisions that I have made and other plants have spread into their allotted spaces.  I've finally been able to enjoy some time creating this watercolor sketch.
                                          watercolor and "Pitt" artist pen on 7 3/4" x10 1/4" sketchbook page