Category: People and portraits

Portraits of Girl (watercolor)

Portrait of Twin Boys (watercolor)

Portrait of Frank Zappa

Musician who became popular in the 1960’s.  1940 -1993.  From the Wiki:

He was an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture.[2] In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rockpopjazzjazz fusionorchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.[3] Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.

Frank Zappa, pastels, 8.5 x 11, A4


In the Park in St Petersburg Russia, acrylic painting

In the Park in St Petersburg Russia is set in a popular park along the river.  The ghost-like appearance of some people really struck me.  Russian faces, a bright brass steeple, a Kupka inspired background.  


In the Park in St Petersburg Russia, acrylics

Woman plays Lute

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Portrait of Young Man, pastels, after the Rubens sketch

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Portrait of Young Man, pastels, after the Rubens sketch.  Rubens and other artists of the time would use the same figure in multiple paintings.  


Portrait of Young Man, pastels, after the Rubens sketch

Madam X

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This is my pastel of the famous John Singer Sargent painting title Madam X.  It was quite controversial at the time since she was portrayed with bare shoulders.  She begging him not to display it but he refused but it came to be known as Madam X.   At his peak Sargent earned the equivalent of over $1M for a portrait.  There is an excellent collection at the Metropolitan in NYC.


Madam X, pastels (pan and soft)



Drawing the models

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I work on drawing the human form most when I am in Valencia where I can arrange for models in my studio or join other groups.  Here are two recent efforts.  There are 20 minute efforts.  

Seated model digital
Seated model in conte crayon


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