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.