Though most people prefer watercolor house portraits, I enjoy doing the occasional ink drawing. My challenge is to convey shadow and detail accurately using a variety of pen strokes. Determining the various colors is no longer a problem since the portrait is black and white. A double mat with black as the inner and off-white […]
This is a colored pencil dog portrait, rendered on pastel paper, using the client’s photograph as reference. In my mind, this alert pup may be reacting to his master’s voice calling him for supper.
This watercolor house portrait represents summer to me. I can see good times at the Jersey shore: families gathering at the weekend place, the feel of sand under your feet, the scream of seagulls soaring in the sky searching for leftovers. Since Hurricane Sandy there are fewer small homes like this, a large number being […]
The other day I reluctantly stored my outdoor furniture for the Winter season. While I love the colors of Fall, I could easily convert the months of cold and icy weather to months with more moderate temperatures. Nonetheless, I guess we just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store.
One of the things I’ve noticed about the reference images I work with is that a good amount of them have a cloudy or gray sky. This is a typical New Jersey sky, and while good for photographing (less shadow), it’s not very uplifting. The first thing I paint in any portrait is the sky, […]
This beautiful dog won many championships and it was a pleasure to create his portrait in colored pencil. I used gray pastel paper to complement his coloring.
There are some house portraits that are particularly satisfying, such as this Winter scene with Christmas decorations. The way the colors blended at the horizon and the snow fell on the trees make me happy. This painting clearly says “it’s Winter”. Can you feel the cold air?
I’ve finally gotten serious about filling sketchbooks with drawings, whether travelling or at home. This sketch is Mackinac Island, a peaceful place where there are no cars or trucks allowed other than emergency vehicles. There are horse-drawn wagons and carriages; you may also get around town with a bicycle or explore trails on foot.