Saturday, April 9, 2022

City Sunrise Colored Pencil


Abstract Colored Pencil

This painting is conceptual and was designed on the go as I drew it on the paper. My initial thought was the abstracted city skyline during a sunrise. Using bright warm colors kept the city in the foreground and as the focus. The rest of the landscape just happened as I drew, the fish, the shoes, and the pigeons. Their color palette is cool and receding. 

Colored Pencil Epic Fail

Not every painting is successful. I've always been intrigued by the shoes thrown over power lines. So during this pandemic I thought of using vintage nurses shoes in this scenario as a tribute to our medical personnel. This colored pencil painting took many hours, 
and I really like the simple palette.

However - here the other shoe drops - it appears only a senior like me, would recognize these shoes. I asked a GenX-er for a critique. She knew they were old shoes but not nurses shoes. She said nurses wear crocs now. And to add insult to injury, she said shoes thrown over the power lines meant there was a drug dealer in the area. 
Ugh!! Double Ugh!!


Monday, March 28, 2022

Good Old Days in Colored Pencil


Using all the primary colors in my palette, 
I've created a nostalgic painting, 
my "Good Old Days", 
with a Peter Max homage.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Colored Pencil Reflections

 Here I sit, at the end of winter - a long winter thanks to our ground hog prediction - wishing for the change of season and the addition of color. So I painted some color, lots of color, cause that's my palette!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Think Spring with Colored Pencils


Spring Onions and Asparagus
Painting during our last snow storm, always in March, longing for Spring and Summer and color. We had asparagus for dinner, thus the inspiration for this conceptual still life.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Colored Pencil Lucky Bamboo


Lucky Bamboo

My third pencil painting this year. A colorful play of complimentary colors - purple and green.
Prismacolor pencils on Strahmore Bristol, 11 x 14".
The bamboo was burnished with a colorless lender and the background with alcohol.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Colored Pencil Junk Drawer

This is a very detailed, industrious, busy painting of my junk drawer. I am entering a contest where the competition will be fierce. I needed a painting that would catch an eye, something unexpected and different from the norm. I hope this will do the trick.

Before the burnishing . . .

my own photo . . .


Saturday, February 5, 2022

Colored Pencil Landscape

 The holidays are over, decorations packed away for another year, and sadly the last Godiva chocolate eaten. Time to get back to work.

This was the perfect colored pencil painting to bring in the new year 2022. Warm and inviting, not at all like the cold and bleak view from our wintery window.

14 x 11 on Strathmore Bristol, Prismacolor pencils.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022


This is the last sample page from my book, Fun With Colored Pencils.
There are many more ideas and techniques and art in the book 
that I have not shared here. The book is available on 
Please give colored pencils a try, they are fun!

Fun With Colored Pencils
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Saturday, January 29, 2022


So - the cover for this book needed to be fun.
Of course the palette is colorful.
I choose this surreal pencil still life, 
almost realistic, but then - not.

Fun With Colored Pencils
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Wednesday, January 26, 2022


The illustrated children's picture book.
There are many illustrations required for a picture book.
To insure consistency throughout the book, I can't work on just one illustration at a time. I usually work on all of them simultaneously. If I am working on the sky, I paint the sky on all the pages at one sitting to make sure the colors I use are the same on every page.
I have learned that the eye of a child reader is very
 discerning and will find even the smallest boo-boo!

Fun With Colored Pencils
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City Sunrise Colored Pencil

  Abstract Colored Pencil This painting is conceptual and was designed on the go as I drew it on the paper. My initial thought was the abstr...