Sunday, June 16, 2019

Drawing Event: iDraw Shakespeare #1

Charcoal on newsprint
The first of three drawing events took place last Thursday at A Gallery Somewhere, featuring two models dressed in Elizabethan costumes. Thirteen artists participated. The next iDraw Shakespeare event is July 11.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Messy but Fast

From Tuesday Night Drawing group: 
Charcoal on newsprint warmup drawings. 
5 and 10 minute poses.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Of the 15 or 16 poses last night, I kept about 10 drawings, should have kept half that many, and scanned these three. The model was great, the 60s-70s background music featured The Byrds.
Soft conte crayon on white paper.

Charcoal on newsprint.

Charcoal on newsprint. Not enough time during this pose for me to add a face.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Back to Argos

The latest Tuesday Night Drawing session at Argos Studio/Gallery (in Santa Fe) featured a male model, with Pandora background music of 80s Rock.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Wedding in Santa Fe

On August 25, 2018. Jimmy and Shiori were married at the Mermaid Tavern’s plaza in Santa Fe.

Guests from Nagasaki and Osaka (Japan), San Francisco, Houston, Portland (Oregon), Santa Rosa (California), and Hawaii attended the ceremony and reception.

Steve and Risa, musicians/friends of Jimmy’s, played a song for Jimmy and Shiori, and surprised everyone with a surprise performance with a Mariachi band.

Saturday morning. Preparations start for the 4 p.m. wedding, including the covered patio. 
Last minute adjustments.

The Mermaid Tavern Plaza.

Matt Sanford performs the wedding ceremony.

Scarlett offers a touching toast to her brother, Jimmy, and his bride, Shiori.

Later the next day, video games provide the entertainment for some. 


Jimmy and Shiori head out to The Great 28, a nine-hole practice course at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. 
Shiori and Jimmy on the ninth fairway of The Great 28.

Robin designed a new front door to welcome the wedding guests—a sonnet, laser-etched into solid maple—masterfully built by artist/woodworker Arlan Sanford, Scarlett's father-in-law.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Portrait Class

Oil on canvas
20" x 16"

This is Gabe, one of the models for a four-week portrait oil painting class that I attended, taught by Kevin Gorges, in Santa Fe. I think I probably unofficially flunked the class, because Kevin was pretty insistent that I attend at least the first two sessions of the next class. The big question with a portrait painting is always “Does the painting actually look like the model?” Yes. In fact, it actually looks even more like him than he does.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Thinking About Blogging

Pencil drawing from the Tuesday Night Drawing Group,
using a $40 pencil given to me by drawing-group-regular/artist/pal Karl Whitaker.

The Bad News: As far as I can tell, no one noticed that I haven't posted a blog here for a couple of years. Not even me.

The Good News: No one complained.

Other Good News: A lot of interesting stuff (interesting to me, at least) has been happening and this is a good place to make note of it for later reference, so I'm back on the occasional blog routine. Now, when when someone say’s “Whatcha’ been up to?” I can say “Thinkin’ ’bout ’bloggin’.”

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tara at an Exhibition

Tara at an Exhibition

One of our favorite Tuesday Night Drawing Group models, the multi-talented Tara, was fabulous performance art at the CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts) inaugural Art Bank exhibit. This is a piece of art of her art at the art exhibit. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Spikey Hair

A favorite model returned this week, after a brief-but-too-long absence, with her awesome spikey hair and nice poses. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Holly at Betterday

Friend and fellow Tuesday Night Drawing Group regular, Holly Grimm, has a beautiful exhibit of pastel landscapes at Betterday Coffee in the Solano Center on West Alameda Street (Santa Fe).

The images range from impressionistic to abstract, all featuring beautifully clean colors and color harmonies that reflect her skill as an artist in general, and specifically as a colorist.

The exhibit opened Friday, December 9 and will remain up for the month. 

Holly Grimm at the opening reception for Color Spree, her exhibit of pastel landscapes at Betterday Coffee Shop.

Open Drawer

Drawer Draws Man on Stool with Open Drawer

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hair Flow

Hair Flow
Digital print on paper
18 x 18 inches
A favorite Tuesday night model. Original charcoal life drawing, scanned and digitally enhanced, printed on paper.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Woman on a Stool

Woman on a Stool
22 x 12 inches
A charcoal drawing of one of our favorite Tuesday Night models, scanned and shaded digitally.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Oil portrait

Is just me, or is oil more colorful than charcoal? I've been trying to find time to get back to the studio and paint, but unexpected freelance projects keep showing up. Even so, I at least have been able to use pliers to force open some neglected tubes of oil paint and splash some color on canvas.

Oil portrait, detail

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cosplay at CCA

Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Arts will host a special drawing event Saturday, October 29. Cosplay (short for "Costume Play") involves people dressing as their favorite comic book characters. This makes the third annual Fall special drawing event hosted by CCA. 
Visit the CCA website to learn more or to pay in advance and reserve a spot:

October Poses

Recent poses from our Tuesday Night Drawing group.  

Studio Stool

Over-the-Shoulder Gaze

A Gourd for Fall

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Curly Hair

Woman with Curly Hair
Charcoal on Newsprint
24 x 18

Friday, September 2, 2016

Nose Bleed

Several drawings from recent Tuesday Night Drawing Groups.

Woman with Nose Bleed

Red Cloth

Arm Shadows

Hair and Back

Woman with Red Shoes


Standing Pose

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Two Pillows

Woman On Two Pillows
32" x 28"
Print on Paper

In a drawing group, your view of the pose is pure chance, determined by where you set up and the model's position. With most poses, there's seldom an uninteresting viewpoint, no matter where you've set up. With some models, the pose always seems classic, from anywhere in the room.