Friday, February 20, 2015

After Tintoretto

tintoretto 7
This collage is my take on the exercise I subjected my students to last week. This is a painting I've worked from before, turning it into a scene at a public swimming pool replete with floaties, rather than the lofty mythological subject that it is. If I can find that version of it, I will post it.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Great CT Caper!

In the fall, I started work on a collaborative project that is pretty exciting. I am the illustrator for Chapter 2 of the Great CT Caper, which is a collaborative serial story which was organized by CT Humanities. It is a project where 12 authors and illustrators from CT provide a chapter of an online story geared toward middle-schoolers. The site has the story, a curriculum guide, and downloads and games. It is pretty great.

Throughout this project, I have been having a really great time exploring and drawing on location at CT state parks, meeting fellow artists and writers, meeting Amanda Roy and the folks at CT Humanities, and librarians and teachers from around the state at the Launch Party at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and looking forward to giving a drawing workshop at a party at the Peabody Musuem later on this spring.

Here is a link to the  CT Caper and a link to a blog by one of the authors, Katie Carroll. She is pretty amazing. A mom of a young child, an author and blogger and more. Check out her site and learn about the young adult novels she has written. She has blogged about the experience of the CT Caper was kind enough to interview me up regarding my chapter.

Thank you, Katie.

Sasha's Sense of Snow

sasha's sense of snow

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

Jan. 2-Something that is Super

stop and shop
Day two of the 365 Daily Drawing Challenge.

Here is a list of the prompts in case you want to join the 365 Drawing Challenge. This list is modified from the Flickr Everyday Matters group's list. You can find out more about them at their EDM Flickr page.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Jan. 1- Something with Buttons

First drawing of the New Year. It is for the CAW Daily Drawing Challenge Group at Faceboook. Join the fun if you want to. I will be teaching the winter session Daily Drawing class at Creative Arts Workshop starting the week of January 20th, but wanted to make an online group starting at the beginning of the year, and free and open to anyone to join. Here is the link: CAW Daily Drawing.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fiona and Jasper

drawing 29

A drawing for a project I am working on...wish it could have come together more like I wanted but I can still edit it. I needed about twice the amount of time allotted, how do you even deal with that, people? Let me know if you find a solution to that problem...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Artists Portfolios for the Web.

CAW is offering my workshop Artists Portfolios for the Web Thursday evenings November 6-20th. All levels of skill welcome. From Weebly to Wordpress, Style Sheets, SEO, shops and portfolio book services. Bring images to scan, a flash drive or your own laptop. Get a site up and running this fall. 

Folded up dog

folded dogs

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Digital Drawign for iPad and Tablet at Creative Arts Workshop starts soon

I am teaching Digital Drawing for ipad and tablet. It starts Tuesday September 23rd at Creative Arts Workshop. We will be focusing on traditional drawing combined with layers and multiple source collage. We will draw and paint in the studio in CAW and have some outings to the Yale Art Gallery and around. You can learn more about the fall classes here:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gillette Castle

Last week I visited Gillette Castle for an upcoming illustration project I am working on. It is going to be pretty exciting, since I will be collaborating with quite a few authors and illustrators. More details to come. In the meantime, I learned a lot about this eccentric place. I took lots of photos.

You can learn more about Gillette Castle here:

gillette castlesmall turtle

time for a new cassock

choirboy feet

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Drawings for Artspace/Altspace

These are teeny tiny, but I kind of like that about them. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014



Recommended books on Drawing/Journaling/Cartooning/Comics

Basic Drawing Techniques 
Bernard Chaet The Art of Drawing
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain 
Nicolaides The Natural Way to Draw
Drawing: A Contemporary Approach by Claudia Betti, Teel Sale
Draw it with Your Eyes Closed: the art of the art assignment Paper Monument
Cartooning / Comics
Scott McCloud Making Comics
Scott McCloud Understanding Comics
Scott McCloud Reinventing Comics
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures Jessica Abel and Matt Madden
Cartooning Philosophy and Practice Ivan Brunetti

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Oil paints

Studio with field easel
This morning, I finally bit the bullet and dusted off (literally and figuratively) my field easel to see what state my oil paints were in. I have a small shoebox of paints, enough for a limited pallette, if you like earth tones, and some of them are even Holbein and Old Holland, some are Winton. A large tube of Rembrandt Titanium white. Two small bottles of linseed oil and WN Sansodor which mockingly were covered in goo. All these items from the island of misfit art supplies mock me in their state of shabby goo-covered disarray. I have about five brushes and a couple of goo covered pallette knives. And so my foray back into oil painting begins. I so desperately need a pallette scraper and rags. Let's get this party started. Oil painting, I am ready for you to break my heart and kick my ass (again)!


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