Friday, September 24, 2010


This is my September entry to Bill Guffey's VIRTUAL PAINTOUT.

The Bubble Lounge (11x14 graphite on canvas panel)
I elected to post this preliminary sketch on Bill's blog this month. Due to other commitments the painting will not be completed till mid October. I will post the finished painting on my PAINTING IN OILS blog. I started working out my values with some thin oil washes. The lady has been relocated close to the corner of the building. I like the reflections in the glass and the weathered wood doors. The orange awning, pink purse, and shoes should give it a pop of color (REF PHOTO).

Monday, April 26, 2010


Backpacking with Dog (8.5 x 11 graphite sketch)

This is my April enty to Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout blog site. I liked this image and thought it could make a nice painting, but did not like the background. My wife's first comment was the dogs head is to small. However the dogs head looks small in the Google reference photo.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Peggy's Point (5X11 graphite sketch)
This is my entry to Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout. I really like this old boat located at 152 Peggys Point, Nova Scotia. I wanted to do an oil painting at this location but thought there were too many small details which I could not see how to simplify while keeping the character of the old boat. I am working on a painting just a few yards from this location, and will post it on my PAINTING IN OILS Blog site.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Bill Guffe's October Virtual Paintout site is Belfast, Northern Ireland. I really enjoy visiting cities all over the world. I am submitting the following two sketches and hope to complete an oil painting soon.

Farm sketches (10.5 x 8.5 Ballpoint pen)
I found the old rusty tank at 94 Ballyvallagh Rd, Larne, Northern Ireland [Ref Photo].
The farm animals are from various locations in Northern Ireland.

Pathway (9 x 7 ball point pen)
I liked the composition of this path, with interesting light and dark and patterns. This pathway is at 24 Balleyrickard Rd, Larne, Northern Ireland [Ref Photo]. It was on my short list for potential paintings.

Monday, September 14, 2009


I did these two sketches for Bill Guffey's blog Virtual Paintout.
I want to do an oil painting so may only post one of these sketches.
Mosteiro de Sao Vicente de Fora (8 x 11 ballpoint pen) REF Photo

The original Saint Vincent was built outside the city walls "de Fora", around 1147. The Monastery was built over the original Church between 1582 and 1629. It suffered extensive earthquake damage in 1755, and was restored in 1855. The entrance to the right is to the monastery.

Statue Niche (11 x 8 ballpoint pen) REF Photo
This is a sketch of the statue lower niche in left tower.