| "Hybrid Tea Rose"
This photo-realistic rendering in airbrushed acrylic depicts a variety
of rose known as "The Blue Nile". It is presented as a page from a
gardening book with tabular data from the American Rose Society.
| "A Simple Still Life"
This rendering was my first excursion into painting with watercolors.
As the work progressed I fell into the trap of applying my colors
opaquely rather than with layers of translucent washes. I ended up
fine-tuning it with colored pencils and gouache, making it a mixed
| "Spike in the Interdimensional Portal"
And now for something completely different: a wrought iron spike man
figure, rendered in india ink and colored pencil, engaged in an attempt
to traverse space-time. It was a fun, fanciful subject to render.
| "Dew Drops & Red Petals"
Another rose done in airbrushed acrylic, but this time a classic red
variety. To add greater interest, a few random drops of dew have
been added in gouache.
| "Drapery Apparition"
Seemingly suspended in mid-air, this drapery study in charcoal does
seem to be an apparition of sorts. This drawing and the others below
were an exercise in the use of traditional drawing media such as vine
| "Shadow Play"
In this drawing the paper was first toned overall by holding a stick of
vine charcoal against the paper sideways and rubbing it across
uniformly. The drawing was then started by using erasers as positive
| "The Open Paper Sack"
Another hurdle on the road to competence in drawing with vine
charcoal. Achieving subtlety in value with this medium is a challenge,
but I like to think that I have reached that goal with this series.
| "A Child's Favorite No More"
A simple pen and ink sketch of a simple subject: an old worn shoe in
an antique steel-wheeled rollerskate. As I rendered it, I was reminded
of how I bruised and skinned my knees while riding on such skates as
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