EXQUISITE CARDS

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WOODLAND VIOLETS

Violets from the woods remind me of one of my favorite passage from Winnie the Poo: Piglet had got up early that morning to pick himself a bunch of violets: and when he had picked them and put them in a pot in the middle of his house, it suddenly came over him that nobody had ever picked Eeyore a bunch of violets, and the more he thought of this, the more he thought how sad it was to be an Animal who had never had a bunch of violets picked for him. So he hurried out again, saying to himself, "Eeyore, Violets," and then "Violets, Eeyore," in case he forgot, because it was that sort of day. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY DAY BOUQUET

In France on May Day, bouquet of Lily of the Valley is offer to loved ones, family & friends. No two project ever start the same way. From this pencil sketch, I wanted to finish this as a white & green painting.

I was just playing around on photoshop to get a better composition...by clicking on different layers & filters, the drawing turns into this elegant white design.

Hand drawn fonts are added onto another layer, to turn the design into specific greetings.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PERE LACHAISE CEMETARY

Here's another favorite Paris attraction that takes me off the beaten path. With a sketchbook & a picnic, I can spend all day at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. It's 70,000 ornate & ostentatious tombs is truly an open air museum!












RODIN MUSEUM, PARIS

My visual re-cap of a long weekend in Paris. Top on my TO DO list is the Rodin Museum. A gem of a museum. It's elegance calms the soul.








Le Bon Marche is in the neighborhood, with a picnic from the Grand Epicerie, I can easily spend half the day in the garden.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HIDDEN NYC

A small job took me to Gramercy Park this weekend. With the fine weather & a key from the client, I was able to get past the park's iron gates. The Gramercy Park Garden is the only private garden in NYC. I used to pass by this neighborhood on my way to class.

a little detail on a wall can go a long way

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to Draw a Horse

With a horse sanctuary in my neighborhood, I have no excuse not to stretch my drawing skill. Whether drawing a tree or a horse, if one can see the shape of the subject, that's half the drawing. I like to lay down a general outline of the  shape onto tone paper. For this sketch, a soft 8B pencil on pastel paper gives me  nice grey shades when I do a little rubbing over the lead. 

I use a kneaded eraser to lift off some of the grey to indicate the muscle of the horse. Just a little light is enough to show the forms.

The final step for this sketch is the high light. I use a white conte pencil to show the sun light falling on the horse.

behind the wheels, my car as my studio