Little studies: rose hips

Little studies: rose hips

Rose hips in January Sketchbook; graphite, watercolor I couldn’t decide which one to draw–      
Little studies

Little studies

What the sunflower dropped– August Sketchbook; graphite, watercolor, colored pencil These little study sketches are my favorite way to learn about something: find it, marvel, draw, marvel… repeat:   The pomegranate blossoms fell– August...

A closer look

Lichen, magnified (detail) Watercolor on paper This painting has just been featured by Saatchi Online Gallery, in a curated collection called “Last Days of Summer” It’s one of those discovery paintings, fun from start to finish. I picked up a twig...
Three days in July: bugs & beans

Three days in July: bugs & beans

Three days in July: a garden sample of insects and other arthropods Gouache on plaster Each spent just a few minutes in my glass jar, while I quickly painted– California Lady-beetle Blue Milkweed Beetle Ant Honey Bee Goldenrod Crab Spider Skipper moth Pillbug, 2...
Olive seashells: an Open Studio Demonstration

Olive seashells: an Open Studio Demonstration

Olive seashells, mixed media: watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite Today I demonstrated my favorite mixed-media sketching technique for a group of visitors at my open studio (Art at the Source, Sebastopol, CA). Olive seashells, the perfect example of “the...
In the studio: Anemone

In the studio: Anemone

I used mixed media for this close-up (4″ x 4″): semi-transparent washes of acrylic paint, with colored pencil and graphite. I like both drawing and painting, and the surface of an acrylic wash holds the colored pencil nicely. This anemone is either a...