Posts Tagged ‘pencil’

Today’s Affirmation:

“Life is sweet at its core.”

Maple tree symbolism: Balance, practicality, abundance, sweetness in life

May each breath you take today be infused with the sweetness of life. 🙂

Maple meditation 12-18-15

Trees are such spiritually sophisticated beings. I’m really grooving on them lately!

This piece started as a doodle. I had done some prayer work involving tree imagery for my friend Tanya English (a gifted healer, by the way, who does remote as well as in-person healings) a while back and she had an amazing connection with a golden Maple tree. She had asked me to do a piece of Maple art for her, but it didn’t come right away.

Then a short while back I started doodling on a long phone call, and this emerged. I hope to have time some day to use it as the basis for a watercolor. Tanya couldn’t wait, though, and printed it out as a coloring sheet!

Tanyas tree coloring


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Just a page from my sketchbook:

Peaceful Slumber baby portrait sketch

Sketched from snapshot of a friend’s new baby. She is precious! I have started to add an angel to the right and have the feeling more will show up. If they do, I’ll repost with angels (and scan it properly, too!)

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Graphite drawing - male hand

Male hand drawing #1

More hand studies from the animation illustration project. The male hand is supposed to appear more forceful.  I drew these pencil studies from reference photos I took of my son Isaac’s hand.

However his hands are fairly small and delicate for a guy.  I think a more robust model would be more appropriate for this particular project so I will be redoing these studies very soon.  (I tease him that he’d make a good large animal vet, remembering James Herriot’s comments about small hands being an asset for delivering calves.  Isaac has an aversion to slime so he’s not amused.  But he does have beautiful hands and they were fun to draw.  Isaac – if you ever read this, thank you! )

Hands are always a challenge and a pleasure to draw and I certainly don’t consider it a waste of time to have done these.  Who knows – they may find their way into a painting some day…

Pencil drawing - male hand

Male hand drawing #2

Male hand drawing #3

Male hand study #3

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Young girl as elf

Clara as Elf, pencil, 11x17"

Portrait of young man as an elf, in elvish garb

Isaac as Elf, pencil portrait, 11x17"

For some reason I’ve been wanting to portray my kids as elves for some time now, and finally indulged!

I’m working on a watercolor now of my son in the same pose.  It’s nice that they’re old enough now to sit still for a little bit, but I’ve decided not to push it (so they’ll be willing to pose again in the future!)  The drawings were done from life, but I’m using these studies and reference photos to paint.

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