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December 18, 2011 December 18, 2011

I want to thank all of my friends in the blogging world for your kindness and for sending blessings, prayers and positive thoughts our way. It has been a very trying and challenging period for us. To make a long story short I will tell you only that in the last two and a half weeks Ken has been in two hospitals and last Thursday he was admitted to inpatient hospice. His pain was uncontrolled and he has refused to eat and drink. At the hospice they have adjusted his pain management plan and he is painfree at this time. We have had two and a half days of comfort, quiet and peace. If this continues he will probably come home Monday afternoon. Hospice will be with us from here on out and they are wonderful and the facility is homelike and incredibly peaceful and comfortable.

I have only had the energy to do one drawing. It is in colored pencil and as you can see was done several days ago. It is my little Sami girl and I am still trying to capture the fact that she glows with light.

Sami Girl Redux in Colored Pencil

I don’t know how often I will be able to post. Ken will have my attention from here on out. Thank you all again for your kindness, generosity and support.



November 28, 2011 November 29, 2011

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I’ve been doing some sketching and I love to work with faces. My first is done with black and gray Sharpie markers.

The Ancester

and the next one is just graphite pencils. Both are in my little 6″ X 9″ sketchbook.  Both are inspired by photos in the latest Smithsonian magazine.

The Navigator


November 17, 2011 November 18, 2011

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Yesterday was a long day. Ken’s first treatment was at 9:30 and, with all the testing done yesterday, we did not leave the Cancer Center until 4:00 in the afternoon. I took several magazines and some drawing materials. I just bought a new set of Sharpie markers. I wanted a set with pastel colors. Whew! let me say their pastels are not soft pastel colors! They are intense…anyway I had the latest National Geographic magazine with me and it has an article about the Sami people that herd reindeer in Norway. The article opens with a photograph of a beautiful young girl. She is bundled up in a scarf and is full of light. Incredible! Using my markers I did this drawing. I tried to lighten it this morning with white watercolor paint with so-so results. Anyway, I loved doing this one and learned how to layer these strong markers. Fun, distracting and challenging. Hope you have a copy of the magazine to see the remarkable original.

Sami Girl - Copied from National Geographic Magazine



June 25, 2011 June 26, 2011

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WOW what a week…our biggest problem…a contractor was working on our roof in a high wind and his ladder crashed down taking out our cable, phone service and internet. Do you realize how much we depend on our phone and internet? I did use my cell to report the problem and schedule the repair…anyway we are finally back in communication with the outside world.

I had time to do a couple of small drawings while “out of touch”. We were in the office of Ken’s dentist who is an avid advocate of the Chicago Institute of Art. He had a book on the coffee table that described the origins of the museum. A driving force was Francis Hutchinson and her husband. I thought this early photo of her presented a face both sweet and curious so I couldn’t pass it up.

A Young Francis Hutchinson

Later the same day I was reading an article in the monthly magazine published by the Indiana Historical Society. The article was about the Ninth Indiana Infantry Regiment which was one of the original 3 month volunteer regiments later recommissioned to a 3 year regiment. They were active during the entire war and gained renown for their experience, bravery and effectiveness. I used a photo of one of the leaders of the regiment to set the outlines for this drawing but the eyes, nose and attitude are all mine. Hope you enjoy!

Civil War Warrior



Weird Referrers March 25, 2011

Just a question for those of you that view my blog. I have noticed over the last two weeks that I have “weird” referral sites. When I click on them they have nothing to do with art or my art or anything I’ve ever done. Also site traffic is way down. That may be due to Spring Break and my own messed up schedule. If you are having any issues associated with my blog can you please let me know by commenting or sending an email? Thank you, my friends!


March 21, 2011 March 22, 2011

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I am posting the second sketch I did based on photos coming from Japan. This woman captured my interest immediately. Here was this woman with her stylish hair cut and color, with her fur collared coat sitting alone on a heap of rubble. She was so alone, so tired and showed such sadness that the contrast between her past and her present captured my imagination.

People of Japan 2

This sketch was done in a 6″ X 9″ sketchbook with aquabrushes and watercolor.

I am impressed with the way all of the Japanese people are dealing with this hard time and want to acknowledge the courage, responsibility and total lack of selfishness of the workers fighting to contain the disaster at the nuclear power plan. Their selfless devotion to their job and to protecting others fills me with admiration.


March 20, 2011 March 20, 2011

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The photographs coming out of Japan are really heart breaking. The people of Japan are enduring extraordinary tragedy with dignity, intelligence and resilience. I admire what I see. I tried to capture the essence of some of the riveting faces I’ve seen in magazines. I have been sketching using my aquabrushes and wet media sketchbook. Here is the first sketch I’ve completed. I was fascinated by the humanity of the woman clutching the rag to her face. I wasn’t sure if she was crying into the cloth or clutching something that had meaning for her.  The photo was on the cover of Time magazine this week.  I have made minor changes for my sketch.

People of Japan 1


February 7, 2011 February 7, 2011

One more time…I saw a face with rather intense eyes and it made me think of a Nordic explorer or Scandinavian fisherman. For this sketch I painted a watercolor underpainting and finished with colored pencil. I must have really been tensed up waiting for the Super Bowl because I can see where I incised the paper with my 2B pencil as I made my gestural drawing. Now that’s pressure!

Nordic Explorer


February 5, 2011 February 6, 2011

I am still working with eyes and where they take me so I thought I would show you the drawings that started all this. Back in 1986 I took a big book of phtotographs from the public library. I don’t remember who the photographer was but I know I was fascinated by several pairs of striking eyes. During this time period I had very little time to draw or paint so I sat down with my sketch pad and drew the following…I think you will recognize at least a couple of the sketches.

Eartha Kitt's Eyes


Mia Farrow Eyes from the Great Gatsby, Bette Davis Eyes and Bertrand Russell Eyes

I have always been fascinated by eyes that are topped by eyebrows that go up as they reach nose..that look like they’ve been lifted at the end by a fish hook. Brian Williams of NBC News has eyes like this and so does Colin Farrell. Here is my attempt at capturing the eyes and eyebrows of Farrell with his scepticism and tentative nature.

As one of you said “The eyes have it!”


February 2, 2011 February 3, 2011

I seem to be obsessed with eyes and the faces that should go with them. Yesterday I found two more sets of eyes that interested me and, because of the snow and ice, I had time to work with them. Both are done in my small watermedia sketchbook and are roughly 5″ X 7″ in size. The first is my visual idea of a business man – canny, astute, cunning, reserved, questioning. I thought he deserved a monochromatic treatment because that is what he lets the world see. Also stepping into the light – perhaps realizing that profits do not make environmental degradation right. I don’t know – sounds puffed up but here he is.

The Business Man

After completing the first face I decided to challenge myself by working with color. I used my aquabrush and watercolor crayons and was amazed at the lovely, realistic skintones I could achieve with the crayons. I used a wet aquabrush to dab the end of the crayons. This works really well for certain pastel-colored effects. In this case I like the eyes and the beard…can’t say much more…just started working and here is what happened.

Bearded man

I am trying to develop my skill by putting each face in a slightly different posture. I just realized I really need to do more/something with the background but these are just sketches…oh well!