Reduction Linocut Step by Step

Many years ago on a former blog I had a tutorial on how to do a reduction linocut. A reduction linocut, said to have been invented by Pablo Picasso as a means to economizing on linoleum, is when you use only one block to make a color print instead of the traditional one block perContinue reading “Reduction Linocut Step by Step”

‘Beets me!’ Sketches

The title for this post may seem a bit odd but the following pages from my sketchbook all started with stained parchment paper from cooking beets and a few scones. But ‘Scones me’ is not an expression and, therefore, a poor title for this post. Anyway, The richly colored pieces of parchment I could notContinue reading “‘Beets me!’ Sketches”

The Birds

I was going along in my sketchbooks happily drawing funny shaped houses and buildings and out of nowhere, birds crept onto the pages. These are very different from my Dirty Birds series that I did back in 2003/2004 when I was obsessed with, mainly, pigeons but other common urban birds as well. Clicking on anyContinue reading “The Birds”

Garden Sketches

Sorry if you are opening this post expecting a quaint garden scenes complete with water features, statues of St. Francis, and a rainbow of color but instead you are finding these: The great thing about sketchbooks for me is that I never know what is going to appear. For the top piece, which I willContinue reading “Garden Sketches”

The Week Ending: February 25th, 2022

Every once in awhile I like to recap some pleasant or unusual highlights from my week. This is such a difficult time in the world, I figured I would share some more mundane, pleasant activities. I drove back from Maryland on Monday after visiting with my family and the weather was very nice. Since thisContinue reading “The Week Ending: February 25th, 2022”

Valentine Buildings?

For the last two Fridays I have joined in a virtual group where the theme is writing letters. Now I am a person who actually does writes letters but the reason I joined in was more curiosity. Basically, there is a theme every week where the host plays music geared to that theme and perhapsContinue reading “Valentine Buildings?”

Three Tall Buildings

If you have been poking around this blog, you will have seen a few recent posts from my sketch books featuring tall, tall buildings. After working on this theme on a small scale (the sketchbooks are 7 x 10 inches), I had the urge to draw these structures much larger. This piece was made onContinue reading “Three Tall Buildings”

Sketchbook: Tall, Tall Buildings #2

These are very different than the group of buildings from my last post, which tended to be done from a variety of wetter, heavier media. For these drawings I used mainly mechanical color pencils and fountain pen ink in brushes. I choose a different sketchbook made by Traveler’s Company, which has very smooth paper andContinue reading “Sketchbook: Tall, Tall Buildings #2”

Sketchbook: The Tall, Tall Buildings

Here are a group of buildings I did over the past few days in my sketchbook. Buildings have long been part of my stable of imagery which makes sense to me since I am from Philadelphia. But the building images I am making now are very different; they are becoming much taller and thinner. MoreContinue reading “Sketchbook: The Tall, Tall Buildings”