Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sunset from our back yard. It was done with Cretacolor pastel pencils and pen and ink. Drawing used for a lesson in Kate Johnson's on-line drawing and sketching class.

No presketch was done. Scene taken from a photograph I took. I started with the sky.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Another pastel drawing done on Canson Mi-Teintes blue paper. It was done as an exercise in Kate Johnson's on-line drawing and sketchingclass.

Although this is not a drawing or painting, thought it would be interesting to see our cat's favorite position.

If I tried to sketch her this way, she'd look funny.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Left seascape done with number 6 pencil as part of an on-line drawing and sketching course by Kate Johnson.

Sketch on right is a selection from a series of pencil thumbnail sketches. This also part of the same class.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Another pencil sketch

My attempt at a self portrait.
A few sketches from our drawing/sketching class, direct observationa and negative space. Used brush pens on these.

This was an upside down sketch using a brush pen.

A gesture sketch and a couple more sketches using the brush pen.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Here is a watercolor painting I did on oriental rice paper. It is very thin and you can actually see through it.

Wish I knew the name of it as I would love to get my hands on some more.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Just learning to play this little jewel. I can thank Kate Johnson for the inspiration to get one.

This is called the Mellow Dog, which is a tweaked version of the Walton Mellow D Irish Whistle. It's in the key of D. Also have one in the key of C. This one is tweaked (made better) by Jerry Freeman who is the only professional whistle tweaker in the world. I also have a Walton Sweetone whistle tweaked by Jerry. The Mellow Dog, so far, is my favorite.

The penny whistle (tin whistle) of modern era got renewed about 25 years ago with the interest in folk music. The first one dates back some 25,000 years with a bone made flute. Around 1875 the penny whistle as we know it today came into being. The instrument is well known in England, Scotland, Ireland and beginning in America.

Did they ever cost a penny? The first ones sold were 1/4 cents each (two pence each) by Whistling Billing (another interesting story). He paid 3 pence for 12 of them! In some places it was custom to give a penny to a child playing them in the street. Thus the name stuck.

Today, pennywhistles sell for as little as $3.00 up to over $400, depending on the make.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Thought I would do some pen and ink drawings last night, so here are 3 little critters that I ended up doing. These pandas were fun to draw.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

These 2 sketches, done in pen and ink, were done in the wee early hours of the morning. Just felt like sketching.
The mountain lake turned out better than I had thought.

These mushrooms were interesting to sketch. Used Micron 01, 001 and the brush from the Faber Castell Pitt artists pens.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Another EDM Challenge #29, Draw something architectural.

This is a pencil sketch from a larger drawing within the Porte San Francesco, Assisi. Original artist was Ernest Watson.

EDM Challenge #74, Clouds. Done in pastels.

Watercolor palette knife sketch. Palette knife must be prepared properly to hold any watercolors.

A watercolor 3 color palette