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April 28, 2008

Daffodil in Dry Brush


This is a botanical illustration in watercolor. I recently completed a weeklong workshop given by Lizzie Saunders on dry brush technique. This daffodil is an example of the method. There is no water placed on the paper, no washes, no wetting at all. The entire image is created with overlapping small brushstrokes, with very minimal water to dilute the pigment.

April 15, 2008

Back Alley Grandma, Varanasi


This is a finished graphite drawing of another travel photo from India. The subject was a grandmother and family who lived in one of the alleys of Varanasi. Like most women of India, the colors worn in the Sari were outstanding. The continuous tone blending of the graphite helps to soften the impact of the black-and-white image. This image was juried into the 5th Annual Colorado Drawing Exhibition May 23-June 27, 2008.