Raven II


17″ x 11″ Acrylic impasto on canvas paper, applied using only palette knife. 2015. Reprise of an earlier subject, using a different technique. Attempting to develop a “linealist” style where many small lines of pigment are composited to render the full image.



I colored outside the lines on this class assignment. Master artist and instructor Maria Lyle demonstrated an entirely different technique from this, for the acrylics illustration assignment. But as I was mixing my colors I started laying some directly on the canvas paper because it was a hot day and the paints were drying too fast. I started having entirely too much fun painting with the palette knife, which I had never tried before! So I just kept going, playing all the way! Maria was nice enough to give me some expert pointers in this direction, and I was happy with the result. Maria is a patient instructor who constantly tries to bring out the best work from her students. I highly recommend her courses!

The Local Herd


“The Local Herd” 8″x8″ Prismacolor and Verithin colored pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Deer lounging in my back yard shade; working from a photo to practice blending and contrast. Verithin pencils are harder and more permanent, so I use them to lay down the basic drawing and dark color scheme. Prismacolor pencils are softer and brighter, so I use them for color composition and blending.