Category: Drawings

feet studies

Feet, feet and more feet.  Drawing this lower extremity is fun.  Feet can be very expressive.  We are used to hand gestures in paintings but feet can be story tellers too.

I am working on a new dance painting where both, feet and hands, are very important.  When you are eager to start a new painting it is so tempting to just jump in as the idea rushes youlike a vacation romanceWhile this can yield some clever brushwork—well, and some true disasters as well—more often it is better to rehearse the parts, to dig in and find better and better ways to paint that initial flush of an idea.

I always figure if I have a good painting idea it is worth putting the work into the prep and refinement.  Most good ideas reward you for the efforts.

We always envision artists working in a frenzy of inspiration—and I guess we do, sometimes—but to achieve that spontaneous, seemingly effortless beauty of brushwork on the canvas it is necessary to rehearse, study, find the right lines, colors and forms—before you just start scrubbing around on the canvas.

(feet studies, 8×8 inches)

Two Dancers

A study for a painting of 2 dancers – pencil and conte on toned paper.

journey together

graphite on paper

8 x 10

Mother and Daughter

I did this drawing back in 1993 when Jen was breastfeeding our daughter Kate.   The drawing was intended as a study for a painting but I felt this drawing said it completely and needed no more.

study for “Barn Dance”

on toned paper, study for oil painting finally called, “Another Full Moon Night

figure study for “Ledges”

study on toned paper, conte and pencil

nude study

a study on toned paper with pencil and conte for the Dances with Two Cultures Mural in Brunswick, Maine.

Mermaid, 2005

A mermaid floats, weightless yet taut, amid the glory of her hair and her beloved ocean waters.  “Mermaid” is rendered in graphite and conté pencil on toned paper.

In private collection.  Giclée reproduction available in our print shop.

mural study

a study for the 32 foot mural, Dance of Two Cultures in Brunswick Maine