Friday, October 24, 2014


Kelsey is a new model with the Guild.  
She has a very interesting face.
This portrait is in acrylics on paper.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Paintings: Christine, Sarah, Carolyn

After drawing for about a year, and neglecting painting, I recently decided to go back to acrylics for portraiture...but with a difference.  Instead of painting the way I used to, with a lot of line-work typical of drawing,  I decided to try painting in a more standard way, with flat color areas that work together to imply lines and planes.  It doesn't come naturally to me, and the results so far seem like a step backwards, but the one of Christine is promising, and hopefully I'll get better with time.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014


 Maria came to the Firehouse twice.  Both times, I used charcoal and watercolor.  The little watercolor with the flower is on Yupo.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gameli, Sitting on a Tall Chair

Gameli came back and sat on a tall chair, wearing the exact same shirt as before!  I did a charcoal drawing and a small watercolor portrait.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Signe, Round II

Signe came back today.  I used charcoal and a little watercolor.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


 Signe is a great model, with endless variety in her poses and an engaging form with plenty of volume and gesture.  I enjoyed every minute of drawing her. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Prudence! Our next model, both sessions.

I've been drawing Prudence forever, it seems, and she just gets better. She seems to show her loving, adventurous nature in all she does. But the fast drawings I've done of her seem better. Here is a gouache I like that really shows her as she is to me.
Trademark Stockings, Pru at the Firehouse, gouache on paper, 20" x 16" 2014.

Recent Favorite gouache paintings

Terry, gouache on paper 22" x 15"
Cat Dressed Up, gouache on paper, 20" x 16"
I finally got some paintings of these two that I like! Terry is always professional, with classic poses, and great physique. But what's really interesting to me is his good-natured, beat-up handsome face.
Cat is also very athletic, an acrobat. I love her sense of the humor of her situation, and mobile features. She's colored her hair extra dark, very dramatic.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Denise in a White Dress

Denise wore a wonderful white dress with
an iridescent finish that reflected highlights
of turquoise, yellow, and other colors.  The larger drawing is in pastel on paper treated with gouache and pastel ground.  The smaller one is a watercolor study.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


This was my first chance to work with Gameli.  He is a good model and I found him inspiring.  I completed a pastel portrait, a charcoal figure study, and a little watercolor portrait.




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lury in a Pink Dress, and some watercolors

 Here is Lury  in a pink dress, drawn in pastel
on paper treated with gouache and acrylic pastel ground.

In addition, here are a few little watercolor
sketches of Lury and Sonia.  I have been trying to learn this difficult medium and still
don't know what I'm doing. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Last night I drew Inky for the first time.  She's a wonderful model.  She wore a great, colorful quasi-pirate costume that would have been fun to draw, but unfortunately I used up all my time on head studies.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Simone is a beautiful young model who has very good modeling technique, making her great fun to draw.  This was my first chance to draw her.   I started out with charcoal, moved on to pastels, and left the pastel portrait sort of unfinished so I could try ink. 

Friday, March 14, 2014


This was a  frustrating session for me, and none of the drawings came out very well.  The only one I like (sort of) is the top one, in charcoal, with the model facing left.  I can't draw when models make steady eye contact with me, as this model always does, but even after I fled to a profile view, the results were disappointing.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Some of my paintings on display in the Firehouse windows

Steamy Tea, gouache on paper 22" x 15"
 Alex and Ann, gouache on paper 22" x 15"
Siri with Mask, gouache on paper 22" x 15"

Karen put up some work from coordinating members of the Tuesday figure sessions. Hoping to stimulate interest in potential new members. Join us!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Emily is a new model and art student. She admitted this was just her 3rd modeling job but her art training has helped and she gave us a lot to work with in just a simple sitting pose.


                                                                     Emily    acrylic on 18 by 18 canvas


This was my first opportunity to draw Emily, who is new to the Guild.  She took off her glasses for the pose.  The first drawing is in charcoal on paper.  The second is in pastel on paper treated with pastel ground.  I made her chair lavender in the pastel drawing, but am not sure about the lavender now.


This drawing is in charcoal on paper.  I also did a couple in pastel, but they didn't turn out very well.