Friday, July 24, 2009

Another work in progress

Here is a start to another drawing. This is based on photographs taken four years ago in Trempealeau county. This particular site with its horses and worn out barn has already been the inspiration for several drawings. Some places have so many possibilities for pictures.
Currently I am reading Diary of an Art Dealer by Rene Gimpel. It is a fascinating look at the arts scene in the early 20th century.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Finished "Bay Window"; did a pastel drawing

The weather has been very nice but I did finally finish "Bay Window". It is now pinned to the wall for review. Maybe it will be matted next year. As a change of pace I did a small pastel of a red cow. I took the photo last Saturday. The glorious weather has made all of the colors, particularly the greens, brilliant and glowing.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

More work done on "Bay Window"

Yesterday was rainy, which meant more drawing time! Quite a bit of work was done on this drawing. It is colored pencil on white bristol paper, 16" x 21". I am striving to work with complementary colors: yellow-green and red-violet mostly. So many pictures, so little time. The backyard and watergarden call to me when the weather is good.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Finished a drawing, starting another

I finally finished "Stoneshed" . It is now pinned to the wall for review. Some distance in time and space will allow me to determine what will need changing. Then it will go into storage for a few months and have another review later. This way I can spend my time and effort in matting and framing my best work. (At least that's how it is suppose to work)
My next project is based on a photograph from a couple of summers ago. We like to take drives around the Coulee Region and take pictures. This abandoned homestead with its deteriating house and barn was an invitation to stop and take lots of photos. I have always been interested in abandoned buildings, even as a kid. These days I am too heavy and disabled to go inside to explore, so I take lots of photographs through windows.