Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring is Here

We are having a pretty weekend.  Sunshine this morning is very encouraging.  And tomorrow is promised to be a lovely Easter.  I finished this drawing a couple of days ago and have decided that I like it.  I include a torso on this one.  I really need to work on drawing figures.  I'm calling this one The Fisherman and it is conte crayon on newsprint.
The Fisherman - conte crayon on newsprint - ©Kay M Dewar

Thursday, April 6, 2017

....and even more sketches

I'm still borrowing from family albums to practice the portrait sketching techniques which I learned in Ned Mueller's workshop in February.  I've also downloaded some free images from an internet photo site to use for practice.

Rob at Bat - conte crayon on newsprint

Young Girl (Rachel) - conte crayon on white drawing paper

Older Man - conte crayon on newsprint

Young Man - conte on newsprint

Monday, March 20, 2017

Continuing with Portrait Sketches

Using the same procedure that I learned from Ned Mueller (conte crayon on newsprint), I've been continuing to sketch faces.  Since I don't have live models, I've been working from family photos.  I am posting three of these images here.  They are all grandchildren of ours:  Rachel, Paige and Mackenzie.
Makenzie - age 2

Paige - age 8


I've also been adding to my Daily Paintworks gallery so if you click on the Daily Paintworks slideshow on the right side of the page, you will see a few more additions.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

An Impromptu Trip

Marisa - conte crayon on newsprint - classroom work  

The last week in February found me at a 3 day drawing workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I was privileged to fill a last minute opening in Ned Mueller's Drawing Portrait Workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School.  It was a great learning experience.  We used newsprint and Conte Crayon as materials and Ned encouraged expressive drawing and not over planning the drawing. We had a different model each day.  My final day was a woman with a floral headpiece (seen above).  Now, I need to keep up the practicing!

I'm posting two images today -- "Marisa" from the workshop, and "Along Highway 93 in Nevada" a 5 x 7 inch pastel drawing which I did from a photo that I took on our way to Scottsdale.

Along Highway 93 in Nevada - pastel - 5 x7 inches ©Kay M Dewar

Friday, February 17, 2017

Over the Hills

"Over the Hills" is another pastel.  The reference photo was one I took from the car window last fall.  The foliage was in the process of turning to the delicious yellows and oranges and the sky and distant trees, in contrast, were filled with cooler colors and layers of clouds.
Over the Hills - pastel - 5 . 7 inches  ©Kay M Dewar

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Beach and Beyond

Views of driftwood, beach grasses, and water and distant mountains are not difficult to find in the Pacific NW.  Still, they never fail to catch my attention and inspire me.  "The Beach and Beyond" is 5 x 7 and is pastel on Uart paper.
The Beach and Beyond - 5 x 7 inches - pastel . ©Kay M. Dewar

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentines Day

Since Valentines Day is often about flowers and represented by the color Red, I am posting my new image "Tulips Aglow." The colors of red, green, and turquoise kind of glow and vibrate together.    So feel the love!
Tulips Aglow - 7 x 5 inches - pastel on Uart  ©Kay M Dewar