Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I have a new friend and that is my favorite part of portraiture. Usually, when I've completed a portrait, it means that I am now acquainted with someone who I would have never ordinarily met outside of my artistic journey. I met Carlo at the farmers' market and knew I must have him sit for me. The drawing above was started in charcoal and then when my new set of pastels arrived in the mail, I decided it needed some color and put them to use. So far, I have really enjoyed working with pastels. I was worried that the fat sticks would feel clumsy as I'm a sucker for a freshly sharpened pencil point, but it worked out ok! I look forward to exploring more of the color potential the pastels have to offer in my next portrait.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


I met Gordon Wetmore when I was 20 at Pawleys Island, SC. I observed him painting on the deck of the house next door, thinking he was a hobbyist painter on vacation and taking advantage of the view. Boy was I wrong. He was finishing up a portrait of Mr. Wrigley of Wrigley's field, gum etc. I had a little colored pencil portrait commission that I was working on with me and when Gordon learned I had an interest in art, he was so incredibly generous with his time and sharing of information. He did the watercolor sketch above of my grandmother as a demonstration for my family one evening. Making the connection that I was in school at Sewanee, just 45 minutes from Chattanooga where he resided, the proximity helped to keep us in touch as I worked towards a career in art.

I credit Gordon with so much. He truly introduced me to the world of portraiture and opened my eyes to such talent. Over the years, his encouragement and generosity have been constant and so appreciated. We have lost such an amazing mentor, artist, and man. I am so thankful for his presence in my life.

In his Studio

At Portrait Society of Atlanta banquet

Pen and Watercolor

Recently, I've done a series of drawings to be given as personalized gifts to note a wedding, move, and a token of gratitude. I have the hardest time going to a store and finding the perfect gift, so it is nice to be able to create something specially suited for for a friend or help others with their gift giving as well.


Sunday, August 14, 2011


Home again. Just had a lovely trip to the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. Cool temperatures, delicious food, and time on the water were all so nice. We did have a good bit of rain, which kept me from painting as much as I would have liked. I was able to complete this sketch as a thank you gift for our friends who own the bed and breakfast. It is a beautiful home.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Studio Incamminati, Round 2

Another two weeks of studying at Studio Incamminati under my belt. Even better than the first visit! We went through a condensed version of their four year curriculum during the intensive. I don't have much to show for the first couple of days because we did tons of quick gestures that we promptly wiped out. Eventually, we moved into closed grisailles. An example is pictured below.

Then color study time! We tackled a still life under both warm and cool light, then moved on to the figure. This portion was especially fun because Nelson Shanks came in and did a demo for us.

The second week I worked on the long pose below. We spent a lot of time planning, so I sketched 6 thumbnails then painted two others before I settled on the composition.

In the evenings, after class, I worked on a still life. I tried my best to finish it in person, but will have to finish it up from a photo.