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June 10, 2018

Christy in Color

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Tags: , , , , , , — Colby @ 12:53 pm

It occurred to me that hadn’t used chalk pastels in a long time so I decided to attempt a drawing. The first step was to FIND the chalk. They were well hidden under several other art media. Finally got set up and realized I didn’t have a smudging tool and had to dig around for one of those. I started with a black and white source, studied the areas of contrast, then added whatever color inspired me for each area.

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Chalk pastels, 11″ x 17″

September 10, 2017

Red Smudge

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I have no idea how old this is. I recently discovered it in my file. Over the years the chalk has been smudged. Not the original intent in this sketch but I think it adds a nice touch to an otherwise simple drawing.

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Chalk pastel, pencil on newsprint paper, 10″ x 14″

August 6, 2017

Girl with Arm Raised

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Found art. This is a really old one. I think I did this in college. It’s a tiny one. Only about 3 ½” high.

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Charcoal and chalk on newsprint, 2 ½” x 3 ½”

March 19, 2017

Scherzo Left Handed

Back when I was in the ER I had to sign my name a few dozen times – left handed! I pondered on the difficulties. Writing a loop for example. To write exactly the same way requires a completely opposite effort. Pulling the pen instead of pushing it. Writing in a mirror image creates a backward character. Hmmm….

I decided to attempt a drawing using only my left hand. I had to chose something that was pretty basic and a medium that was forgiving. I used chalk and charcoal. It was fun while at the same time tedious and frustrating. The first things I noticed were my light source was over the wrong shoulder and I kept wanting to draw on the wrong half of the paper. I also was amused that my left hand got tired quickly.

My source material was a sculpture by Harriet Frishmuth (1880-1980). I first noticed her work in a lovely statue “Playdays” at the Dallas Arboretum. This is not that. This is “Scherzo.”

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Chalk and charcoal on gray charcoal paper, 12″ x 8″

December 5, 2016

Christmas Parents

Here are a couple of Christmas drawings from the past, each celebrating the joy of becoming a new parent.

mary-joseph-jesus

Joseph and Baby Jesus: December, 2014

Mary and Baby Jesus: December, 2012

September 18, 2016

A Girl With Blue Eyes (or are they green?)

These are exercise drawings I did several years ago. I was just practicing.

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Girl With Blue Eyes 2

Color pencil on paper, 14″ x 18″

I rarely (almost never) draw the same subject twice but I decided to draw this again using a more free style with chalk pastels. I never quite finished.

Girl With Blue Eyes 1

Chalk pastels on paper, 14: x 18″

July 31, 2016

Madge

I was watching an old movie on TV and noticed an actor I thought was really pretty so I looked her up on the internet. I came across a photo and thought it would be fun to draw. I was more interested in practicing than in doing a portrait so the likeness is a tad off. But here she is, Madge Evans. I think this pose fits in as well today as it did in the 1930s.

After I finished the charcoal drawing I wondered what it would look like if I used a smudge stick to smooth it out. So I decided to find out. As usual, there were plusses and minuses. Nice results in some areas, disappointments in others.

Madge

Chalk and charcoal on charcoal paper, 12″ x 14″

June 12, 2016

Girl With Red Bow

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Archives: Quick sketch.

Girl With Red Bow

Chalk pastels on Bristol board, 10″ x 12″

May 8, 2016

Moms

For mother’s day: a collage of drawings and paintings I have done over the years of my favorite moms.

Moms

Top (L-R): my paternal grandmother (digital drawing); my maternal grandmother (pencil); my Mom, young (chalk and charcoal), older (color pencil).

Center: My daughter (acrylic); my daughter (pencil); my daughter-in-law (color pencil).

Bottom: My precious wife (pencil, water soluble pencils, pencil).

February 22, 2016

Lillie’s Granddaughter

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Tags: , , , , , — Colby @ 12:27 am

The granddaughter of a co-worker friend.

LilliesGranddaughter

Pencil and chalk on paper, 8″ x 10″

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