Thursday, October 31, 2019

Portrait Revolution

Drawing with Stabilo Acquarellable pencil

October has been a very productive month for household projects, 
but not for artwork.

Needing a jumpstart, I picked up this book.

 It features over 450 portraits from a variety of artists
using multiple mediums (oil, watercolor, collage),
 styles (realism, abstract, full palette)
and themes (double portraits, literary themes, art history).

There's enough inspiration here to do a portrait a week for about a year
 and still have time for other artwork, too.

Of course, you know what happens when we make plans,
but it's nice to have a focus and a goal.

Photo compliments of Pixabay

"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days."
John Burroughs

Good bye, October.

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.