Patrick: Start

I’m working larger, my surface is canvas now instead of paper and my setup is totally different. Lots will change with this painting.

Life Drawing: Lyssa

I’ve discovered, or re-discovered that I have a hard time drawing women with subtle curves. Definitely something I need to work on.

Pattie: Busy Day

Right after work today I had to shoot off to the mainland for a Dr appointment so I’m doing my art much later in the day than normal.

Pattie: More Dishes

I just spent a little time on painting the dishes today because I was putting many coats of gesso on a new painting.

Pattie: Dishes

I’m not working on two paintings, I’ve determined the next painting’s composition and I have started preparing its canvas.

Pattie: Travel Day

I spent most of the day today traveling and waiting with errands on the mainland. As I write this I’m totally exhausted but happy that I got some work done on the painting.

Pattie: Not Much

I didn’t get much done on this painting today as I was doing a lot of preparation for my next portrait.

Pattie: 100 Sessions

I’ve worked on this painting now for 100 sessions. Most of the session have been an hour or shorter but this is still the longest I’ve ever worked on a painting.

Pattie: Elephants

Another session with the top shelf. I’m working from left to right and at the end of the line is a bunch of elephant figurines.

Pattie: More Fairies

I worked on more items at the top shelf today plus I went through over 400 photos taken of Patrick yesterday. I’m excited for the next portrait.

Pattie: Fairies

The small mass of items at the top of the shelves includes fairies and a whole bunch of stuff that isn’t recognizable, at this point it is just texture.

Pattie: Angels

I’m now working on a couple angles to the right of the tiny portraits. These will be much more indistinct and fuzzy than the portraits.

Life Drawing: Randy

I think I learned a lot today at life drawing. Or maybe it was just an affirmation of previous things learned but it was a good session.


I don’t really care too much about the surface of the painting. Everything is intentionally left flat, my focus is on describing what I see.

Alaska Cruise: Day 6

Today I’m not feeling well but I’m drawing on our stateroom bed. The sea is rough and I’m hoping it will calm down soon as we are headed for Victoria BC.

Alaska Cruise: Day 5

I really liked how the chairs against the bar marched into the distance it was a great perspective challenge. I didn’t copy the scene exactly but that is okay.

Alaska Cruise: Day 2

The cruise ship had a nice library at one of the top decks with the best view of the landscape. I sat in this crowded area drawing the cool book shelves.

Alaska Cruise: Day 1

We are on a cruise to Alaska but I don’t stop my daily art for this, it’s just another opportunity to draw something new and different, a way to challenge myself.

Pattie: Sand Castles

She collected small colored sand castles when she was young. I remember seeing them in stores when I was much younger also.

Pattie: Next Shelf

I moved on to the fifth shelf out of 16 today and I’m trying to keep the colors and values the same through every session.

Pattie: A Wizard

I spent the short session today painting a wizard figurine on one of the shelves in the background.

Pattie: One Goal

This painting has one goal and I make sure that everything I add to the painting is in service to that one goal.

Pattie: One Figurine

For today’s session I finished painting the one figurine above and to the left. It wasn’t much but that part is done.

Pattie: Cushion

Today I worked on the cushion and box that Pattie is sitting on. I’m moving all over the painting picking out easy subjects.

Pattie: Mindset

It’s important to recognize my mindset when beginning a session it can make a huge difference in my performance.

Pattie: Legs

I’m working on her legs now, not much to say as I’m still sick and trying to do art daily without messing up anything on the painting.

Pattie: Simple

The medicine I’m taking for my cold is making me groggy and unfocused so I recognize this and work on something simple.

Pattie: The Minimum

I have a cold and even though I don’t feel like it, I’m going to do my art today. Because I set an achievable minimum.

Pattie: Other Knee

Yeah, the titles of my posts lack any vestige of interest, I’m not a writer, I’m an artist so I’ll be literal.

Pattie: Knee

For this session it was really easy, I had a wonderful call with my brother and painted Pattie’s Knee.

Pattie: Hand

I’m done with the shirt and I’m on to her almost hidden hand.