Saturday, July 26, 2014


Another digital print that originated as a plein air painting at Bishop’s Lodge, a historic lodge and resort a few miles north of Santa Fe. Bishop Lamy (1814-1888), first bishop and archbishop of the Diocese of Santa Fe, used this property as an out-of-town retreat.

Waterfall at Bishop’s Lodge
Digital print
30" x 40"

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tree at Los Poblanos

A stylized graphical print based on a plein air outing at Los Poblanos in Albuquerque. Los Pablonos is a historic inn and organic farm, designed in 1932 by John Gaw Meem.  

Tree at Los Poblanos
Digital print
30" x 22"


Charcoal on newsprint

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Digital Traditional Art

Some artists have a certain disdain for digital art techniques, as opposed to traditional art techniques. I appreciate both and like to use both by starting with a traditional sketch or painting, scan it, import it into the computer, then manipulate it in different ways (size, contrast, color, etc.).

This is an experimental piece that started as charcoal and oil pastels on newsprint, 14" x 18". The final version is 28" x 32" on paper, canvas, aluminum, or whatever medium I decide at a later date.

Study of a Model
28" x 32"

Detail, Study of a Model
28" x 32"

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two-Minute Poses

It was another Tuesday night in which the shorter pose drawings looked better than the longer pose drawings. I’ll use these as studies for a series of graphic prints.   

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Just Charcoal

Fifteen artists attended our weekly drawing group last night. Some of them used pastels, oil pastels, and ink washes. As for me, just charcoal.

Just Reclining
Charcoal on newsprint

Just Standing
Charcoal on newsprint

Partial Figure
Charcoal on newsprint

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Models at Artisans

Several Santa Fe models have a group called MUSE that promotes drawing and networking among artists and models. This summer they are providing a free two hour modeling session every Thursday at Artisan’s Art Supply from 11 am to 1 pm. Last Thursday 10 or 12 artists participated, with poses varying between two and twenty minutes.

For this print version, I scanned the sketch, then digitally exaggerated the paper texture, fingerprint smudges, and newsprint paper color.

Jessi at Artisan’s
Original: pencil on newsprint
24" x 18"

Friday, July 4, 2014

Gray Chair

During a recent Tuesday night drawing group, I switched to a heavy-weight colored paper for one of the charcoal life drawings. Towards the end of a 3-hour drawing session I’m usually feeling weary and tired of trying too hard. Then, sometimes, I relax and just draw for the fun of it without caring how accurate the drawing is.

That’s how I ended up with this image. Several weeks later I used oil pastels to add color to the drawing, added a texture to the background, then changed the color of the background and the chair.

The Gray Chair
Oil pastel on paper
30" x 34"

The Gray Chair