Monthly Archives: August 2016

Focaccia – Never Looked Better – Digital Finger Painted!

Never hurts to throw in a little digital art. I’m too lazy to look for the stylus so I paint with my fingers. No muss, no fuss finger painting – what’s not to like?


Focaccia looks like pizza, however it is a a flat oven baked Italian bread that comes with a wide range of toppings – anything from slim slices of tomatoes to chunky strips of eggplant or even steamed kale.

Egg Lady, pencil tracing

Egg LadyTracing

The Egg Lady proved to be more of a drawing challenge than I realized as I noted in my last post. The basic shapes were obscured by the costume and by the design on the costume as well.

I was short on time and anxious to see how it would look as a pencil drawing; curious to see if this was an interesting enough subject to spend time on. To that end, I enlarged the photo, cropped it and printed it, so that I could study it  by way of  tracing.

I taped the photo to a lightbox and began tracing it with a mechanical pencil. When I first began to trace things, I used only line with no shading and the result was hard to work from. For this tracing, I filled in the dark and shadow areas as I went along. I delineated some elements, the eyes, the hair and parts of the costume and its design. I put in enough to make it come to life a little bit.

I stopped when I ran out of time. I was very pleased with the result. I liked it so much, I will leave it as is. I plan to do another pencil tracing. After that I hope to do a drawing with the Egg Lady herself posing for me and looking at the photo and pencil drawings as I work. I may or may not do an ink and colored pencil to work out the colors. I probably should…

Having put some time and energy into this, there’s a pretty good chance this will turn into a painting. Let’s hope!

Fighting With the Egg Lady


TEgg LadyFighting

It always looks so easy before I actually put pencil to paper, or in this case, blue marker. For a change of pace, I did the first thumbnail at the top left of the page with my left hand. The one next to it and everything else was done right handed. I thought the first four goes at it were remarkably awful, even for quick sketches.

It was going to be a challenge. I like things to be easy, and I mean, easy, easy peasy easy, could do it with my eyes shut easy. This made me very unhappy and now it wasn’t a challenge, it was a fight!

If a wooden toy with blank eyes can talk it was telling me on no uncertain terms, “See, you can’t draw! Who are you kidding! Hah, hah, ha, ha…..” Evil thing. The only thing I like less than things not being easy is losing. To that end I started again, drawing larger, giving myself more space in order to rise to the challenge, go to war, whatever I have to do. I am fighting with the Egg Lady.

The larger drawing was an improvement. However, it needed corrections as far as where the lines were, where the shadows were, the shape of the eyes, etc.

I used some Wite’Out on a few areas where I had gone off course. To really get at some of the shadows I used a medium charcoal pencil. After that, the most expedient way to go was digital.

I photographed the page and cropped it leaving only the larger drawing in Sketches Pro. I was able to correct a few things and add some colors. Mysteriously, the touchscreen on my device stopped responding. I poked the screen impatiently…nothing…..finally it dawned on me, once the Wite’Out  had dried on my finger tips, the touch screen could no longer feel through them.

I should have washed my hands before using the device to begin with… and learn, I guess. I thought I had made every mistake possible in the process of learning my craft, it just goes to show you can always make new mistakes! Which is good, because if you are making new mistakes your must have been learning something new when it happened. Or maybe I wasn’t learning anything new, but I am going to pretend.

My fight with the Egg Lady continues, but I will write about that tomorrow.


Procedure, procedure!

egg lady

new egg lady

I am trying to be a little more creative with my still life setups. I often have a composition with just one subject. I use a prop from my collection which consists of mostly toys and stuffed animals.

Even at my kitchen table there is a marionette leaning against the bottle of Balsamic vinegar. I decide to use the cereal bowl in the composition because I’ve always admired the flashy fire engine red color and the square shape of it.

It needed something more. Something white, I decide, to  pick up the white from the polka dot bow. I fetched an egg from the refrigerator. But, alas! The eggs are brown. I considered painting the egg white instead of brown. I notice how the color of the egg is nearly identical to the color of the painted face – it is similar in shape as well.

For those of you who have spent any time attending figure drawing classes, being told a million times about how the head is egg shaped, you will understand why I almost laughed out loud. It struck me as terribly funny that my marionette in the cereal bowl is displaying an egg almost identical to it’s face.

I am not sure when I will get to this project. Most importantly, I must remember not to eat the egg! It has been very hot here to begin with and the egg may very well sit around until it rots before I get to the project! T’ch.

To that end I also took a photo. The egg will not last forever and I will certainly want to eat out of my favorite cereal bowl again. The photo is quite dark, which is interesting, but I don’t think I want to have the project be that dark. It will, however, come in handy to work from when I get to the coloring part and need to know where the darkest darks and shadows are and so forth.

I adjusted it in a photo program to see how it would look lightened up a bit – now it looks over-exposed, but I can see the details better. My plan is to work form the setup and use the photos as reference aids to decisions I will need to make about colors and placements of lights and shadows as well helping me to re-create selected details.

Hopefully I get to this. In the meantime while I had this fresh in my mind I thought it was a good time to do a post describing how I work. I am always interested myself in how artists get their ideas and why they make the choices they make and how they proceed from there – so here is some insight into my thoughts, ideas and procedures.



It has been too hot to do much of anything. I suspect that reminded me of long summers spent home from school as a child. I passed the time with paper dolls. So to that bit of nostalgia I will attribute the creation of this mixed media piece featuring a photo of my 1999 oil painting titled “The Jester.” It’s called “Boutique.”