Wednesday, November 30, 2016


WHITE TEACUP.  This piece was done in Brian O'Neill's studio as part of my course of study on the ellipse.  It was drawn from life with the subject in a shadow box.  Charcoal and white pastel, Canson Mi-tiente sky blue paper, approx. 7x7 inches.  Available matted and framed.

Friday, November 18, 2016


WAVES.  I recently decided it was time to learn how to paint waves and have undertaken to learn how depict them more accurately.  After a few years of painting sailboats you might think this was something I'd have naturally accomplished but, no, when one of my students asked me how to do this I realized that my knowledge was kind of, I've been exploring different approaches.  These sketches are some of the results.  The one at the top shows a November gale pounding the lighthouse at the Port of Rochester.  The smaller ones are progressively older and depict various scenes, some imaginary and stereotypical.  Closely studying the anatomy of wave forms can be quite interesting and is something to which I will devote more time.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


L/R: Kim Rooney, Debbie Buckpitt, Patti Ottley, Don Sims, Amy Harris (2), and Cheryl German

RED ZINNIAS: A sight to make a teacher proud! this series of red zinnias was created by my students in class at the Creative Workshop of the U of R Memorial Art Gallery.  Click on the image to see them in more detail.  Not only is it lovely work, but it's intriguing to see what different treatments each student came up with when using the same colors, same paper and same original reference image!