When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"...the painting has a life of its own. My mission is to bring forth this life". (Jackson Pollock)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Children Series

Growing Up and Looking Back

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

                    Lucas at the Museum - 11 X 14 Pencil, eraser on paper

Lucas at the Museum, 11 x 14 Pencil and eraser on paper, originally posted March 23, 2007 – today notified as part of the exhibition Growing Up and Looking Back – Reflecting on Childhood, Parenting, and Home at Gallery RFD in Swainsboro, GA October 12th – November 3rd, 2007.


Friday, June 8th, 2007


11 x 14 pencil, eraser on paper


Thursday, June 7th, 2007


        11 x 14 pencil and eraser on paper   

Post-dated entry: Adam ,Merit Award winner, cash prize at the VAST 19th Annual Juried Exhibition held in Denton, Texas July 29 – August 23, 2007



Monday, June 4th, 2007


Adrian – The Muddy Field – 11 x 14 inches pencil, eraser on paper, white mat and white wood frame 22 x 26 inches total size.


Friday, June 1st, 2007


         Thanks to all of you for your responses to the recent group of pencil portraits. There are things children do that we can’t help but love them for, either because you’ve had children or you were one. Except cats, most of them prefer adults. 

The portraits are also practise using tones and values, something that needs more attention as a foundation to color when I return to it.

Renee at Dance Class

Thursday, May 31st, 2007


        Renee, three years old – at the dance studio

14 x 11 pencil on paper

Derek at the Wedding

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007


Derek, Wedding reception, 2 years old

11 x14 pencil on paper


Sunday, May 27th, 2007



Andra (Evelyn’s sister) ~ 14 x 11 inches Graphite, eraser on paper









Saturday, May 26th, 2007


Evelyn, Andra’s older sister (next) 11 x 14 inches Graphite, eraser on paper.

When drawing I use the eraser as much as the pencil. Taking advantage of smudges that build up gradually is a good way to keep adjusting the placement of things  and clarify details. This is especially effective with portraits.

Lucas at the Museum

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007


                              Lucas at the Museum, 11 x 14 pencil and eraser drawing on paper

Post-dated note: Lucas at the Museum is part of the Growing Up and Looking Back Exhibition: Reflecting on Childhood, Parenting, and Home in Swainsboro, GA October 13 – November 3, 2007