Due to technical difficulties, my website was down for a few days. I am posted some images of my work here, for galleries and clients to view. Thanks, and check back soon to see the website back up!


This past weeks class was fun, we experimented with watercolor pencils and applying solvents to standard colored pencils (see sunset sky to the left). The solvents dissolve the wax and blend the pencils to have a more painterly effect.
This exercise was a slight variation on a Gary Greene exercise that appears in one of his books.


Here is a still life I finished recently. I am using this one as a lesson for my class on layering translucent colors and creating a good range of values.
Fall in Michigan is apple picking time! When my children were small, we would take them to local orchards and pick apples. It was so much fun for all of us. I want to draw more apples, and then eat the still lifes.


I just took a great art workshop from Jaclyn Wukela. Here is the result, a finished portrait.

Jackie's approach to portraits is much different than my usual way of drawing. I like to start with 'local color' and then add different layers to bring out contrasts. She had us do "sequence layering" starting with black and then layering successively lighter tones over that. At one point this face was entirely orange, but it all worked out in the end. It was a very good workshop and I recommend her classes to anyone who has a chance to attend. I hope to share some of these techniques about achieving a good range of values in skin tones with my Rec and Ed students.

The workshop was put on by the Detroit Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Don't miss the current show in Dearborn:
Midwest Color 2008 at the Padzieski Art Gallery, in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center,15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126
The exhibition will run through November 1, 2008 and it is really outstanding.


More flowers

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers! I am moved by their beauty. Yes, they are a subject that has been overly used by artists. But when you are outside, enjoying your yard, or nature in anyway, their beauty really can touch your soul and bring happiness into your life. I enjoyed working on this bouquet, and I added a border for fun as usual.


New Colored Pencil Class

Colored Pencil
Ann Arbor Recreation and Education
Pioneer High Shcool,
Thursdays, 7-9 PM
starting Sept 25

We will be working on developing shading skills, as well as image transfer from a still life or a photograph. The supply list will be available when you sign up. I will also have some samples of different papers available for students to work on.
See the Rec and Ed Web page to sign up online, or call (734) 994-2300 for more information.


Midwest Color 2008

Midwest Color 2008 is a bi-annual 100% colored pencil art exhibition hosted by the
Detroit and Chicago chapters of the Colored Pencil Society of America and open to
all artists living in the Midwest states. I had two pieces accepted for this years show. Exhibition will be September 25 through November 1, 2008 at the

Padzieski Art Gallery
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 943-3095
www.dcacarts.org for map


Summer 2008: Peonies

Here is my newest piece which is still in progress. I have been intrigued by playing with borders for a long time. Some of my work has reflected this over the years. I viewed some of Karen Anne Klein's work at the Ann Arbor Women's City Club and it inspired me to get back to doing work with borders. Her work is beautiful and it appears in the book "The Complete Colored Pencil Book" by Bernard Poulin.


Drawing Glass

I am teaching my students about drawing glass in my classes.
Here is a piece I recently finished. It is challenging to draw glass because you are really drawing what you see through the glass.


Mazel Tov to Zingerman's of Ann Arbor. They made Oprah's list of best sandwiches in America.

My family always enjoyed going to Zingerman's after our children performed in Suzuki Piano recitals at nearby Kerrytown Concert House. Zingerman's is an Ann Arbor landmark that is a 'must visit' for our out of town friends and relatives. This colored pencil piece of their great bread and a cold beer were consumed soon after the piece was completed. YUM.


This is the latest addition to my colored pencil lessons. I am using a photo of this image to teach image transfer, and then I ask the students to draw five cherries. Michigan is famous for its cherries and we have some of the best soil in the world.
It takes more colors than you might think to depict a juicy red cherry. I used about 8 different colors for this piece.


Another new class project: drawing glass. I did this one as an exercise for my students and had so much fun with it... I think I may start doing a series of reflections and glasses.


I was itching to do a portrait and combined the face of my father under the hat of a retired military officer. My Dad's face kind of crept in there unintentionally. He has been gone for almost 10 years now. He enjoyed life and had many interests until he passed at 80, including computers, getting his private pilots license and playing tennis in the Senior Olympics! His enthusiasm for life is a great example for me. As I am getting older, I feel that there are still many things to explore. Life can be good, people are interesting and you can choose how to shape your attitude. Thanks Daddy!


Finished the Spiral Aloe Vera Plant

Ok, I am declaring this done. The warm desert is calling me back after enduring a hard Michigan Winter. It has been a rough one weather wise.
Colored pencils always make it better though.
My Ann Arbor Rec and Ed classes have been great, a really nice bunch of people who seem interested in cp and are making progress each week. I think we are all artists, it is a matter of putting in the time and practice if you enjoy it.


Here is the spiral aloe vera, still a work in progress. I am pretty much done with the box, and I am still working on the leaves of the plant and the sky. I am having a lot of fun drawing this plant!! We are friends. I love its welcoming open look.


Aloe Vera Plant with Sky and Wood

This is a post about a WIP, work in progress.
I am in love with the landscape of the southwest. There is great beauty in the cactus, aloe vera plants and the colors of the landscape. Here is a piece that I am working on using Prismacolor Pencils, Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, and also odorless mineral spirits.
I was fascinated with the spiral pattern in this plant and made a composition contrasting it to the sky with billowy clouds and a piece of weathered wood.


In Honor of Tigers

I just finished this piece. My love of tigers stretches back to my childhood. I was heartbroken by the tragedy in the San Francisco zoo where a young man was killed and the escaped tiger had to be shot. I will make no secret of my concern over the natural world. Every night I pray for people to stop abusing our environment and take better care of the earth. Only small numbers of magnificent species such as tigers and gorillas remain in the wild. I encourage everyone to support my favorite Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the NRDC World Wildlife Fund and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.