Summer Lilies, pen and ink

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I spotted these gorgeous lilies sitting on my neighbor’s sun deck.

My goal is to paint the flowers using watercolor paint. But first I wanted to complete a black and white study.  The color of the flowers is a fabulous bright rose. Meanwhile, I tried colored pencils but I am really disappointed in the color pink. It’s not nearly bright enough. Also, I am not pleased with the blending of colors with the pencils.

I bought Prismacolor Premier pencils. Can anyone suggest how to blend the colors on the paper?

Tomorrow I will attempt to paint these flowers in watercolor! I am hoping for better results.

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The Dancers, a pen and ink drawing


In an effort to continue my study of drawing I had some fun working on figure studies. Using waterproof micron pens I created an interactive pose using the wooden figure my teacher lent to me. Using cross-hatching as a method to interpret contour and shading is fun and allows me to keep the light. The drawing is on newsprint.


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Sneaker Study

Today, I did a pen and ink sneaker study based on Bert Dodson’s version of shoes. I worked with Micron pens. I love them; so fluid. Not being able to erase steps up the challenge.


I practiced overlapping objects to gain a three-dimensional effect.

In an effort to create greater depth/dimension in my work, I decided to do what I should have done 3 years ago, take a drawing course.   I’m a little late to the party, but not too late. My instructor, Dan H.,  gave me 2 books. Both are just terrific!

IMG_4300 IMG_4301Yesterday, I worked on figure drawing. Dan H. lent me this little, flexible wooden figure and now I’m working with graphite. It’s so forgiving. What a great tool for blending and shading!  Tomorrow I will work on this a bit more for greater depth and shading.  My teacher also encourages me to work in pastels, but I’m not so crazy about the dust factor.





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Painting the Still Life


So, here is the completed watercolor painting, including the modified hat color, beach, water, and sky. Now that I’m done, its off to the beach for me!

What a way to spend a day!

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How to Spend the Day


Here is a photo of the still life that I painted.  Next is the actual watercolor 11 X 14, arches 140 lb cold press paper.

Setting up a still life is not an easy task. Merry, my friend and art mentor, set this up for me to paint. She is great at finding just the right composition. This still life is at her house, outside, with a background of trees and a ground of pebbles. I modified the background and created the beach, following my mood and wishful thinking about hanging out at the beach later that day. We decided to modify the color of the hat to an orange tone. The orange compliment works better with the blue chair and its a lot brighter.

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San Luca Palace


This was by far the nicest hotel we stayed in Italy. The attention and kindness showered on us is memorable. Every detail in the hotel was perfect. Outside our window we could look down on the town of Luca and watch the people stroll by. Oh, how I hope to go back there someday.

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Ode to Tuscany and my husband’s 69th birthday


After celebrating our oldest grandson’s Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem last spring with 16 family members, my husband and I rented a car and drove through Tuscany, Italy.  A favorite walled city was Luca.  Most European hotels include breakfast and the Luca Palace was no exception. What a treat it was to wake up to this beautiful breakfast table.  More to come from Tuscany…

Pen and ink and watercolor, Moleskine notebook 4 x 8″

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