Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway"

Another beautiful spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway is Price Lake.  The smooth rocks are a nice contrast to all the textures of the foliage.

                                            8"x5 1/2"
                                            graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"Blue Ridge Parkway" (near Wilson Creek overlook)

Recently I posted in my sketching blog portraits that I had drawn of my two grandsons.  Enjoying creating with graphite, which I hadn't done in a very long time,  I'm continuing with some drawings using reference photographs that I have made in the past.  Here's my first one:

                                                  5 1/2" x 8"
                                                  graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Every winter it's such a joy to watch amaryllis grow and then be rewarded with beautiful blooms.  This year I ordered bulbs of my very favorite one, "Picote".  The pure white blossoms are edged with a delicate red line around each petal.   I really wanted to capture the interesting colors of the reflected light on the shadowed side of the blooms contrasting to the strong bright light from the left. Here's my painting:

                                          18" x 12"
                                          oil on canvas

                                          My graphite study (14"x11"):