Monday, October 21, 2019

Portland Open Studio Tour 2019 - Artist Shanon Playford

Portland Open Studios is another reason to love October.  

This year, visitors were welcomed into the homes & commercial studios
 of 117 participating artists.

Tim & I visited quite a few,
 but our favorite, hands down, was the home studio
 of Portland artist Shanon Playford.

There was art everywhere -
in the living room,

in the dining room,

in the kitchen,

and in her studio:

And, once again, I forgot to bring along an extra battery for the camera, 
so here are a few photos from our 2015 tour of the Playford atelier.

A feast for the eyes!

If you're interested in learning more about Shanon Playford, 
here is the link to her website:

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Photo compliments of Pixabay

"My favorite color is October."
Author Unknown

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Charcoal / WIP

 No, your eyes aren't blurry.

These drawings are the beginnings
a few new portraits.


They are done by smearing powdered charcoal onto paper using a cotton ball
 and then lifting out lights with an eraser;
a flat white eraser for larger areas & a Tombo Mono-Zero for finer details.    


I'll tape them to the wall for a while
& finish on a "I don't know what to do" day.

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Photo compliments of Pixabay

Welcome back, October!
I've missed you.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Charcoal with Acetone

There are lots of good reasons to sign up for online classes.
For me, the classes help with focus and productivity besides the other benefits.

Watercolor & Ink

The only problem with online classes is how the student puts
 his / her personal stamp on future work.

Since I love doing faces (human and animal),
I've been thinking of ways to incorporate what Renee Mueller
teaches into batiks.

I'm not even half way through the class, but am already excited by new ideas. 
How do I keep them together?

 I have a beautiful journal which was handmade by a dear friend
 (you know who you are).

Now I know why I was saving it:)

Monday, September 23, 2019

Derwent " Inktense" pencil with watercolor & white ink

We thought we would seize the opportunity to have a yard sale
over the weekend.
There was a nice turnout,
and now back to art.

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If you're interested in drawing faces, this is a good link that explains proportions:
Scroll down to "Proportions of the Face" - easier than you think:)

Monday, September 16, 2019


This rainy morning was spent drawing
with Renee Mueller.

I started with this as a warm-up, 
and then went into a lesson drawing three faces on the same page.

Part of the new lesson was to learn how to
pretty much obliterate some of the facial features of these three women
with a black wash.

Well, that did not go well. 

This is it for today:)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Charcoal with Acetone / Renee Mueller Class

Powdered charcoal with acetone

During this block of the class, 
I drew along with Renee Mueller
 using a charcoal pencil and willow charcoal
 (homemade with twigs from our old willow tree).

Near the end, I sprinkled powdered charcoal 
on the upper left and lower right parts of the drawing.

It was then spritzed with acetone.

The effect resembles a kind of bubbly texture,
though maybe not so apparent in the photo.

Ditto with the lion
though the camera didn't pick up the texture very well.

The next exercise is charcoal with water.

Hope to see you on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 9, 2019

A Few More Sketches / Renee Mueller Class


Renee Mueller's class has been really interesting.

She suggested doing a few more drawings 
before progressing to the next lesson.


A new technique combining acetone & charcoal is coming up.