Friday, March 30, 2007

Elm Park Bridge
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This is a pedestrian bridge in Winnipeg, which was probably built for a railway. It crosses the Red River. There's a popular outdoor ice cream place on the other side of the river, the Bridge Drive-In, or BDI, which has already opened for the season despite the snow.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Untitled 4
digital photograph

I don't often post photographs, but it hasn't been a good week for drawing.

I took this photo Monday night while returning from a drawing session.
There's nothing special about the photo. Its' darkness and abstraction appeal to me.

My apologies to David Maisel and other photographers whose work it might resemble.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

River Road
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This is a view of the Red River, about 20 kilometers north of Winnipeg, from River Road. The road, which follows the river, can be seen as a white line in the distance. It's a quiet road - a beautiful road for cycling.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

digital image

A divertissement today.

This was once an image of a hill, an image of a painting of a hill I did a month or so ago. I destroyed the painting. It was just not very good, and you can see what has happened digitally to the original image.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hand Behind Head
graphite, ink, charcoal, and pastel
30.5 x 47.5 cm (12" x 18")

There appear to be problems in this drawing with the lower leg resting on the box. Should it perhaps be a little longer, or should the foreshortening perhaps be made more pronounced? I'm not sure.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Picasso Sculpture, Chicago

charcoal and acrylic
43.2 x 34.3 cm (17" x 13.5")

This work is several years old. I recently photographed it for a new website. Since it was on my desktop, I thought that I might as well post it.

The original drawing was done in charcoal in Chicago while waiting for a bus. Some highlights and darks were later added in acrylic at home in Winnipeg.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


14.7 x 19.8 cm (5.8" x 7.8")

Hopefully, the last winter scene for awhile.

This is not particularly good, but it was done very quickly from a photograph, in perhaps forty minutes.

Monday, March 19, 2007

John Marin

ink and charcoal
(8.3" x 6")

This is a drawing of a portrait bust of John Marin, done by Gaston Lachaise in 1927. The portrait, which is encased with glass or acrylic, is in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Lachaise is best known for his polished earth mothers; however, I much prefer his portraits.

A copy of the Marin portrait is in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It's dated 1928. A photo of it is below, along with Standing Woman, 1927, which is in the Met in New York.

Head of John Marin
, 1928

bronze with wooden base
30.5 x 28.6 x 23.5 cm (12" x 11.25" x 9.25")

By Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935)

Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Standing Woman
, 1927

185.1 x 81.3 x 45.1 cm (73.875" x 32" x 17.75")

By Gaston Lachaise (1882-1035)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Happy Man
graphite and ink
33 x 33 cm (13" x 13")

Two posts today of a drawing done in graphite and ink.The photograph, taken for the post, had an overall greyish cast, which, because of my computer incompetence and perhaps because I am using quite an early version of Photoshop, I was only able to get rid of by increasing the contrast. Some of the subtlety of the drawing is lost in doing this. The original photograph is posted below to give you some idea of the original drawing, although bear in mind that the drawing is on bright white paper.
Happy Man
graphite and ink
33 x 33 cm (13" x 13")

Here's the original photograph of the drawing.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Orange Fingers
charcoal and pastel
15.2 x 22.9 cm (6" x 9")

A simple drawing. The focal point of the drawing seems to be the fingers, arm and thigh. Generally, I like to emphasize the head and face, but that just didn't happen with this drawing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blonde Streaks

graphite, ink, and pastel
30.5 x 47.5 cm (18" x 12")

A little colour goes a long way on a dark background.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Red and Black
graphite and pastel
30.5 x 47.5 cm (12" x 18")

Ok, ok, so maybe the title was stolen from Stendal. But better, "Red and Black", than "Woman Reclining No. 11", or some such. Well, maybe not. How about, "Red and Black Woman Reclining"? Or better yet, "Woman with Red Blotches Reclining on a Black Thing"?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Tilted Head
graphite, ink, and charcoal
32.3 x 27.7 cm (12.7" x 10.9")

A quick drawing done on a very smooth paper, which gives the charcoal a slightly different look.

A patient model. Although it's not drawn in any detail, there's a bell hanging from her necklace.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Shaved Head
graphite, ink, and gouache
20.8 x 27.7 cm (8.2" x 10.9")

Many things gave me problems in this drawing, not the least of which were the legs, which I redid several times.

Some drawings are easier than others. This was a struggle right from the beginning.
Early Evening, St. Boniface
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

The view as it first gets dark. The bank and river are snow covered. The St. Boniface hospital is in the background.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Osborne Bridge
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This was quite a quick study, as you can tell from the trees. Done from a photograph.

A typical Winnipeg scene.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Small Plane Landing

8.9 x 11.4 cm (3.5" x 4.5")

This drawing was done while waiting for a bus at Jersey Gardens, not far from Newark International Airport. Planes were coming in to land continually.

It was a cold and windy day. Not the best day to be drawing or landing a plane.

This plane only has two wheels. I assume it must have had a third, which, in my haste to complete the drawing before it escaped my memory, I forgot.

Friday, March 02, 2007

St. Vital Park
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

No global warming here, or it's global warming in disguise.

It's been cold for two months, and now we're getting lots of snow. Winter continues.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Awkward Pose
graphite, ink, and charcoal
17.9 x 22.9 cm (7" x 9")

This pose just has an awkward look to it. The model had no problem with it.