Thursday, August 26, 2010


The four square drawings were done
in colored pencil on handmade watercolor paper treated with sauce. The large, double portrait was done in colored pencil on ordinary, commercial, smooth drawing paper treated with sauce.

Big Heads

A few weeks ago I got bored with straightforward portraiture and started distorting the figure. Alex, Signe, Lucy, and now Christopher have been portrayed with oversized heads and small bodies. None of these paintings is finished yet, however. Christopher's western scene will get a cowhide background, and various oversized insects will be added to all the paintings. I've fallen behind in these tasks because of preparing for the Firehouse show, but hope to find time soon to add spiders to Alex, moths to Signe, centipeded to Lucy, and scorpions to Christopher.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chris models

I asked the model to choose his ourfit and he came in cowboy gear  and set up a scene with a card game.  He even had some country and western music to play.     We had a small group so I was able to put the model in the center of the room and get a back view. The canvas is 18 by 24.  Karen

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Carla Models After Her Surgery

We were happy to have Carla model after her hip surgery and before her next surgery.  And she took a great pose on our couch. She is a colorful model. I tried to keep this painting as loose as possible and am having trouble with my set up working on a larger size needing more  space for mixing etc. Even ended up sitting on a tube of red paint.  I tried to develop a rhythm in the painting.  Karen

Monday, August 2, 2010

Light and Shadow

I am working with pencil, paper, and eraser,
trying to get light on flesh,
a face defined by the way the light hits it.

I usually draw the face and the shadow,
and then I begin to erase.
It is in the erasing that the face emerges.

Deborah Rogin