Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some recent sketches

Soft Pastel on Wallis, 3 x 4.5

Soft pastel on Newsprint, 12 x 9

Soft pastel on Newsprint, 12 x 9

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Victoria Secret Model and a Simple Program

Started this one with the sketch board on the easel but quickly found out that I can't sketch that way so took it down, sat down, put it on my lap and leaned it against the table. Spent 1.5 hours on this thus far mostly worked around the facial area and still a lot more to do before it is finish.... now that I put it down, it might take me forever to get back to it

Setup for the small application that is used for practicing timed sketching/painting, programmed with Visual Basic. It is built to read JPEG files only.

Image Viewer Setup Download

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pastel Sketch

This started as a rough sketch using Nupastels on newsprint, but somehow I ended up refining the forms (parts of it anyhow) and added colors to the background without any intentions of doing so.

Nude sketch
Pastel, 12 x 9

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Still learning ...

to paint landscapes ... I don't know what it is but it just seems that I cannot get it close to being right ... just have to keep trying.

Oil on canvas, 5 x 7

Soft pastel, 6 x 8

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Figure Sketch
Charcoal, 12 x9

The shape of the figure was quickly blocked in using a cotton ball soaked with charcoal dust then using a kneaded eraser to do the form modeling. Then at the end, used a charcoal pencil to add a linear contour as well as a little bit of detail. Not sure how long this took but estimated to be around 10 to 15 minutes.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Found some of the old winton oil paints that I started out with and decided to do a little sketch with them on canvas paper. After getting used to artist grade oils, these was hard to paint with, just can't get it to do what I want though it could have been because of the worn out bristles I was using.

Oil on canvas paper, 6 x 8

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A portrait sketch of Roland for the monthly portrait challenge at

Soft pastel on Colourfix primer, 10 x 7.5

Monday, August 17, 2009

Recent sketches

Oil on mounted linen, 7 x 5
Limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, venetian red, and paynes gray

The next one is a page from the sketch book done with ink and the rest are charcoal on either newsprint or toned paper, 12 x 9.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Some recent sketches

Got some watercolors to try to start sketching outdoors, I figured it would be less of a hassle than setting up for oils or soft pastel. Anyhow, I ordered some WC sketchpads along with the watercolors among other things but a bottle of linseed oil broke in the box and damaged the WC pads (which I guess they knew since I wasn't charged for them). Luckily, nothing else was damaged thanks to plastic wrappings. This first sketch is done on a damaged section of the WC paper for practice being new to watercolor and what not.

Hopper Coast in Cape Cod
Watercolor on paper, 3.5 x 3.5

Chiaki Kuriyama
Charcoal and chalk on toned paper, 12 x 9

Habanero Peppers
Acrylic on linen, 5 x 7

Monday, June 22, 2009

Haven't done much lately except for a few sketches, just haven't got any energy for much else. Anyhow, here are a few recent sketches ... the first one is vine charcoal and chalk on gray paper, 12 x 9. The rest are charcoal pencil and chalk on brownish toned paper, also 12 x 9s.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Had a run into a little problem that I frequently have, laziness, but I managed to get off my butt and do some work on the painting I started about a week ago. Did a little bit of form modeling working with burnt umber and titanium white, hopefully I don't see any major issues before adding other colors.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Habanero Peppers

A small still life of some of my habanero peppers using a limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, venetian red, and paynes gray.

Oil on mounted linen, 5 x 7

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Anya WIP

Started a new oil painting on board, 10 x 8. So far I only did the rough oil sketch and quick block in with burnt umber and titanium white. Will start the form modeling in a couple of days after this is dry to the touch.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Couple more sketches

OIl on board, 10 x 8

Soft pastel on Colourfix primer, 6 x 8

Soft pastel on Wallis, 6 x 8

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Felt a little energetic and did a few sketches .. two pastel and one oil

Soft pastel on Wallis, 3 x 4.5

Oil on linen, 7 x 5

Soft pastel on Colourfix primer, 8 x 10

Monday, April 13, 2009

Landscape sketch

A quick sketch of a view on Route 164 in Norwich, Connecticut and I exercised my artistic license to replace the road with a body of water.

Soft Pastels on Wallis, 8 x 6

Thursday, April 9, 2009


A quick sketch of a friend of mine, didn't quite capture the resemblance.

Charcoal pencil and chalk on Strathmore charcoal paper, 9 x 12

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

This is Bruce, my niece's little Yorkshire terrier

Oil on canvas panel, 8 x 10

Friday, April 3, 2009

It has been a while since I did anything and finally got some time and energy to do a little one hour 8 x 6 soft pastel sketch on wallis, this is the results...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Some old sketches

Some old 4.75 x 6.25 sketches from 2007 done with Conte pastel pencils on Strathmore Artagain paper.