Friday, March 13, 2009

A Tribute to William Blake

The Tyger
Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? And what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

    -- William Blake

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Tribute to another great one.

I've been in a guitar playing mood lately and it's now starting to show in my work :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Finishing Ray

I decided to finish in pencil instead of charcoal.  Pencil is still the most comfortable medium for me.  One day I'll be able to wean myself from the eraser.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I began sketching the first thing that caught my fancy...images, magazine pics and came up with a combo that looks like it just could turn into something.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Profile Study

I've been struggling with pastels lately and this one portrait has been a challenge, so for me, it was back to the drawing board so to speak.  I realized that I still need to work on proportions, because if these are off, then the drawing is all wrong.  I came across the Drawing Coach website which has been invaluable in helping me to master proportions.  Having gotten down the proportions and values, I finally feel like I've captured something of a likeness in the profile.   Whew!  Now onto color...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cookin' up a storm

One of the best compliments I get from family is that I cook just like my grandmother.  The funny thing is, "soul food" is the style I'm least comfortable cooking--even though I love to eat it!  Just about all of my cooking expertise has come from the likes of Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart!  Not exactly my idea of "soul food" icons!  My hope is that whenever anyone says I get my finesse in the kitchen from my grandmother, they mean the passion for cooking and the love that's put into the meal.

Monday, January 5, 2009

This is what happens when your brain is on winter holiday

My brain is flabby and my concentration is shot...almost looking forward to getting back to the old routine...if for no other reason than the forces me to be disciplined.