Tuesday, January 20, 2009

EDM #7

Here is another EDM Challenge. I really like drawing with pencil. I like the control, the value differences and textures you can achieve by laying pencil on top of pencil. If I had to choose a favorite medium I would probably choose this.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Examples for Student work:

Well as most of my last posts have been in pen and ink, I decided to show you two examples I completed for my high school kids. The hand painting is tempera on mat board. This is a project I do with my Art I students. We work on color schemes and becoming familiar with mixing paint. This includes mixing values to create a more 3 dimentional looking object.

The second painting is acrylic on canvas board. This is a self portrait inspired by Roy Litchenstein. I love how you can be any age when you create a painting! However I havent found a way to reproduce the benday dots he used in his work to my satisfaction. If anyone has any suggestions has to how to do this, I would really be interested.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


This sketch is a collage of old things. And once again this is drawn over a list I had in my moleskine. I am just about to cover all the lists and then I will be faced with clean, blank, cream colored pages. I received my new pens. They are Pilot G-Tech pens in black, brown and blue. This drawing wasnt completed using them but I have started several others and I really like the lines they lay down. They have a very stable, ultra thin point. I would like to know what pen and ink others of you use.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

White Horse Ranch

This is the horse my blog is named after. He is a 12 year old registered paint named "Don's Red Ear Ghost". We call him Ghosty. He has a way to make who ever is aboard look good. And I thank God for that and for the confidence he has given me. This was taken last fall at the Sunflower Futurity Barrel Race in Scott City, Kansas. Photo courtesy of Lone S Photography.

EDM #1

Thanks to everyone who helped with suggestions about image uploading. I did try more light and a larger depth of field when taking the photographs. It has helped. This is my first EDM challenge and yes it is over a list that was in my moleskine. A little about the shoe, it is from Avon. I really like their shoes. They are very affordable and this particular design is so artistic with the leather carvings.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Just Stuff

I have had this moleskine for about 2 years. Mostly I have used it to write grocery lists, shopping lists or things I just wanted to remember. So I have decided 2009 will be the year I actually finish a sketchbook. (Even if it is just this little one!) Here is another pen and ink sketch done over the top of a list. I am not pleased with the images of these last two sketches. I dont have a scanner so these are pictures taken with my sony cyber-shot. I would really like to have a cannon rebel. Maybe someday. If someone has suggestions to improve the images of my work please please I am open to all suggestions. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

About Me

Just a quick sketch in my moleskine. These were all Christmas presents. I really like the pilot G2 pens for writing but prefer a finer line to sketch with. So as recommended by a fellow blogger I just ordered Pilot G-Tec-C4 Rollerball in black, brown and blue. I couldn't find them in the US so they are coming from across the water.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Do You See Me

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!!!

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by. I was excited to share!

This is an example of a student's work. The project is based on Chuck Close's grid work. We work in oil pastels and focus on value only, color doesn't matter. If you use a piece of red transparent plexiglass and lay it over your work it will give you a good idea of your values. You can do the same thing by squinting at your work only now you can really study it and see if the values you thought you were representing really are visible to the viewer. This is a great project to begin working with color as you are only working 1 square at a time and values are all you have to worry about. For those of you looking to be adventurous give it a try.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hello Old Friend

Hi, I would like to share my life and art with the world. As a high school art teacher I tell my students just try, I am going to take that advise in 2009. Please come back often to view the new postings. Wishing everyone the best in 2009.