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Graphite or colored pencil on newsprint

The gesture drawings were an exercise to learn their body language. The slightly more finished ones were about light and feather texture.

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These were all done with graphite on newsprint or toned sketch paper. The women were drawn from photos. The man was drawn from life during a figure drawing studio session. I’ve posted them here in rough order of time spent per drawing.

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Autumn has arrived in Seattle! The change of seasons will bring a change in the produce at our farmers’ market, ie. some of my produce reference. I’m looking forward to seeing what fall has in store.

Below are some fruits, veggies, pastries and flowers. Very soon, I’ll post one of the projects I alluded to last month: a re-imagining of a favorite board game.

In addition to all the work below, I’ve begun planning a proper website. The actual building will happen soon, but there’s a lot I still need to work out first. Among those tasks is fixing the technical issue I’m having with the white balance of my photos. I should be able to resolve that very soon, but in the meantime, I apologize for the dimness.

These orange blossoms were a wedding gift to some family friends. I used pencil and white pencil on toned paper.

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The quilt in this second photo is by the wonderful Molly Lieberman, and the embroideries are my own, both from 2007. (I wanted to see the flowers staged with some other art. Now they’re at our friends’ home.)

Cannelés are heaven itself. They’re essentially a rummy, vanilla bean-infused custard, baked in a hot oven until they’re nearly black on the outside. The dark crusts are shiny and sticky with caramelized sugar. The insides are creamy, sweet and just barely solid. These drawings were done with graphite and white pencil on toned paper, one with some gouache.

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Abricotines are another wonderful little pastry. They look like macarons, but they’re a different in some important ways. The shells often include a combination of bitter and regular almonds, and they’re not colored or shiny or hard. The shells are also covered with sliced almonds and usually with powdered sugar. The filling is apricot jam. My drawings are graphite and white pencil on white or toned paper.

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And, last, another brioche.

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Pencil and gouache on toned sketch paper. Italian plums.

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Pencil in sketchbook. Eggplant and tomatoes.

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