Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas Day

Christmas Morning: All the world was quiet (unless you have small children) and it was a lovely time to go drawing at my usual spots. I hope you had a good holiday. You might put an extra helping of bird seed out.
These are all 18 x 24", pastel and ink.

12-25-19-hawk
12-25-19-riverbank
12-25-19-ducks

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Winter Welcome

So, winter is here. Not officially but in spirit; it's cold and snowy as you can see in last week's sketches below.
12-06-19-island
12-09-19-dam
Winter followed me to Washington, D.C. over the weekend where my daughter was graduating from college. While she was having her picture taken at the Lincoln Memorial, I was sketching the fog-shrouded reflecting pool and what I could see of the Washington Monument. A flock of geese levitated and  decorated the air above the pool.
12-14-19-washDC
But when I returned I discovered that Natick had had a lot of rain over the weekend. The island was inundated and a big tree was stranded on top of the dam. This is good as far as I'm concerned. Maybe it will attract some ducks.
12-17-19-bridge
12-17-19-dam

Friday, November 29, 2019

Autumn Colors

11-28-19-island
pastel, oil pastel, ink
11-27-19-willow
pastel, ink
11-29-19-pokeweed
pastel, ink, oil pastel
11-29-19-reflections
pastel, ink, oil pastel

Friday, November 22, 2019

An Autumn Miscellany

10-03-19-arch01
10-08-19-heron01
10-12-19-geese
10-14-19-island
10-22-19-sparrow
10-26-19-catalpa01
11-18-19-mallards
11-20-19-river

Friday, November 8, 2019

Pastel and ink

Each drawing I do happens rather quickly. I wonder why this is.
- I don't really want to even start the drawing (fear of failure).
- Working quickly can circumvent self-critical thoughts.
- My time is limited (5-15 minutes each) and there are too many other things to draw.
- I have to return home in time to drive my wife to the train.

To fully address the problems of representation (light, space, fidelity) and to attention to the smallest dynamic moment of perception, I work gesturally. I'm inspired by (am validated by) different forms of Asian brush drawing, action painting and Impressionist painters. And lots of other things as well; too numerous and diverse to mention. Using pastel allows me to quickly establish some definition of space and light. The ink builds on this (although sometimes I put the ink down first) and offers bold contrast. I like the commitment that ink enforces.  So that's a little description of one of my concerns regarding drawing.
What do you think about when you make a picture?

11-01-19-willow
11-01-19-crows
11-08-19-bridge
11-08-19-swan


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready!
Steady…
Go!
This heron is shy. I only make 2-3 quick sketches before he's had enough of me and flies away. It's good practice at least.

Here we go again: Ready?
Steady…
Bye bye

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Cormorant

A cormorant has been residing at the dam for the past few weeks. It's great fun to draw. I wonder what odd birds will come home to roost this week. Perhaps a CIA whistleblower?

09-25-19-cormorant02
09-14-19-cormorant
09-28-19-dam
09-13-19-cormorant

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Flock of Herons

08-12-19-heron
ink, pastel
08-14-19-heron01
ink
08-18-19-heron02
pencil, watercolor
08-20-19-heron02
ink, charcoal, pastel

Friday, July 12, 2019

Drawing in the Rain

Me and the rain are friends.
A few geese seen through the stone archway of the old bridge
07-12-19-geese01
ink, charcoal
A family of geese. Yay!
07-12-19-geese02
ink, charcoal
07-12-19-hawks
ink, crayon

Saturday, June 29, 2019

drawing exhibit: July 1-31, Wellesley, Massachusetts


I'll have a dozen of my larger drawings and paintings on view at the Wellesley Free Public Library for the entire month of July. Please stop by for a look. And, let me know if you do (email) so we can see each other.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Closer, closer, closer…

06-13-19-heron
ink, charcoal
06-10-19-heron01
ink, charcoal
06-10-19-heron02
ink, charcoal, pastel

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Me and Degas

05-22-19-riverbank
charcoal
"Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs"
lithograph
1876–77
Edgar Degas
MFA Boston 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Now you see it, Now you don't

05-09-19-heron
pastel, charcoal, ink
05-04-19-heron03
ink, charcoal
05-02-19-heron
pencil, charcoal
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