Saturday, September 22, 2007

Night, Sawyer Harbor
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This is third painting of Sawyer Harbour, Wisconsin, that I've done.
The other two were posted on September 3rd and August 23rd. Except for the streaky sky, I quite like this one. It was done from memory.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Blue Sheet
charcoal and pastel
30.5 x 45.7 cm (12" x 18")

This drawing started out as an impressionistic study without much attention to detail. It end up much tighter and with more detail than originally intended. This was largely due to having more time to do the drawing than I initially thought that I would have. Rather than quitting early when the drawing was at its' best, I filled up the time adding detail without paying too much attention to what I was doing. The result is far from brilliant. The head, in particular, is not terribly well observed.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

charcoal and pastel
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

Heat refers to the parabolic heater beside the model. It's beginning to cool off at night here in Winnipeg. It's time, once again, to begin providing some heat for our models.

Scanning this drawing proved frustrating. I was not able to get a faithful colour representation with the scan, nor was I able to adjust the colour to match the original drawing. While what you see is acceptable, the actual drawing has a more interesting colour constrast than the scan. Digital images of a drawing can sometimes be stronger than the original drawing, and sometimes, not.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Clip-on Lamp

graphite, ink, charcoal, and pastel
29.8 x 21.6 cm (11.75" x 8.5")

The model might look slightly disinterested. He wasn't. It's the drawing. This was a twenty minute drawing, and there just wasn't time to do more with the face.

Monday, September 17, 2007


graphite, charcoal, and pastel
43.2 x 35.6 cm (17" x 14")

A simple drawing. A few overemphasized lines make the model seem older than he really is. However, he didn't seem too concerned.

Friday, September 14, 2007


charcoal and pastel
43.2 x 35.6 cm (17" x 14")

The title comes from a heart with wings that the model had tattooed on her chest.

Some of the right side of drawing was lost in scanning it. More of the model's left arm and hand are visible in the actual drawing.

I don't mind the overall drawing, although I don't particularly like the way I've coloured the model's body and the chair; and the drawing probably would have been stronger if the entire body had been included.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Michigan Shore
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This is part of the Lake Michigan shoreline at Whitefish Dunes State Park in Wisconsin. Besides this rocky shore there are some good beaches in the park.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

I might have got carried away doing this painting. It was a dark night, but maybe not this dark.

The view is looking across a bay in the southeast corner of Mille Lacs Lake.

This is far from my favourite painting. There's something about the black trees against an ultramarine sky which does nothing for me. It reminds me too much of Maxfield Parrish (who I have nothing against, except that I find his work hard to look at for more than a few minutes).

Below is another post of the same painting. This one includes the board on which the painting was done.
Mille Lacs Lake
20.1 x 24.1 cm (7.9" x 9.5")

Monday, September 10, 2007

15.1 x 19.8 cm (5.9" x 7.8")

I have little to say about this, except that the title bears little relation to painting. Otherwise, the painting is an experiment of sorts.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Shaved Head No.2
graphite, ink, and gouache
30.5 x 27.1 cm (12" x 10.7")

This is an older work. It was done on cardboard. The cardboard does provide some colour, and a contrast for the gouache. It's not exactly acid free, however.

The model was very pale, although not as ghostly as the drawing suggests. She was holding onto a strap hanging from above her head. The back drop was a dirty white to one side, and black to the other, with an interesting cast shadow.

The original Shaved Head was posted on March 8, 2007.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

14.3 x 14.85 cm (5.6" x 5.8")

I had planned on posting another painting today, but the painting didn't work out. I searched around and found an old cartoon that I had done for my own amusement. It's not that funny, but maybe that's why I'm not a cartoonist.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sawyer Harbour
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This is the second version of Sawyer Harbour. This one is in oil, the first was a gouache, and this one includes one of the islands in the harbour which I left out of the gouache.

The island bothers me in this painting. It is too much the centre of attention. It might be better if it were off to one side, which leads me to think that there might be a third version coming.

The original gouache from Thursday, August 23rd, is posted immediately below.
Sawyer Harbour, Wisconsin
11.4 x 17.8 cm (4.5" x 7")

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Road, Wisconsin
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This road is in Door County, Wisconsin, north of Sturgeon Bay, where I recently spent some time cycling. It is great country for cycling. Quiet paved roads, either through gently rolling countryside, or along Green Bay or Lake Michigan.

This painting was done on a light weight paper, which warps with the water from the painting. You can see some evidence of the warping in the scan.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Mississippi Backwater
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This spot was not far from Trempealeau, Wisconsin. There are many islands and swampy backwaters in the Mississippi in this area.

Fishing and boating seemed the most popular recreations here.