Category Archives: Graphite Pencils

Afternoon Serenade – Unfinished

Today I’d like to share my “Zeny Woodpecker”, and tell you a bit about its story. During the past spring and now into the summer, I’ve come to love going outside each day to sit in the fresh air, admire

Afternoon Serenade – Unfinished

Today I’d like to share my “Zeny Woodpecker”, and tell you a bit about its story. During the past spring and now into the summer, I’ve come to love going outside each day to sit in the fresh air, admire

Rocks Revisited

When I first began learning to draw, I sat outside and patiently drew a couple of rocks  sitting in a neighbor’s yard. I wanted to experience drawing from nature, but at that point, I wasn’t able to draw much. Even

Rocks Revisited

When I first began learning to draw, I sat outside and patiently drew a couple of rocks  sitting in a neighbor’s yard. I wanted to experience drawing from nature, but at that point, I wasn’t able to draw much. Even

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed

An Illusion of Oregano

I have always loved words. All languages fascinate me. Among the words I most enjoy are those that describe groups of things. We’re quite familiar, for example, with a pride of lions, but did you know that a group of baboons

An Illusion of Oregano

I have always loved words. All languages fascinate me. Among the words I most enjoy are those that describe groups of things. We’re quite familiar, for example, with a pride of lions, but did you know that a group of baboons

Become One with the Tree

Recently I’ve been looking again at works by my favorite landscape artists — Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Frederic Church and others of the Hudson River School. I love looking at the beautiful images they created. Each time I look at

Become One with the Tree

Recently I’ve been looking again at works by my favorite landscape artists — Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Frederic Church and others of the Hudson River School. I love looking at the beautiful images they created. Each time I look at

Just Look at that Onion!

Along with my lessons in re-learning to draw, I’m following along with prompts from the Autumn Art Challenge at The Inspiration Place. When I signed up to participate, I was intending to paint each day — maybe using watercolor, maybe

Just Look at that Onion!

Along with my lessons in re-learning to draw, I’m following along with prompts from the Autumn Art Challenge at The Inspiration Place. When I signed up to participate, I was intending to paint each day — maybe using watercolor, maybe

Scribbles

I am a believer in basics. No matter how proficient we may become in a skill, it’s always helpful to go back to the basics from time to time, approaching the subject as if we knew nothing. For me, this

Scribbles

I am a believer in basics. No matter how proficient we may become in a skill, it’s always helpful to go back to the basics from time to time, approaching the subject as if we knew nothing. For me, this