Sketching Lisa, Dolly & Sake

Lisa sketch

Lisa sketch, graphite on paper

I showed up at the studio in session. The model was posing and I got some hellos from the artists with no eye contact. They were fixed on the model. Vivaldi played in the background.

I walked the open  space to find a spot that appealed to me scanning the model. Then I noticed. Wrapped by her hand was Dolly. We were later very impressed she was better behaved than some models. She posed perfectly.

Grabbing two chairs, a table and propping up my sketch pad I set out to draw as much of the figure as I could. I adjusted proportions and finally liked what I had. I liked the pose. I began to model the image and decided I wanted to focus on the face. I sculpted the likeness with my pencil and then I noticed: Sake was laying at her feet!

Lisa Sketch detail

Lisa Sketch detail

Sake, another wonderful model only moved three times to adjust his pose.

I did outlines to place the dogs Lisa brought from out-of-state for a show. As models we gave these canine friends an A+.

Lisa sketch closeup

Lisa Sketch closeup

Lisa rescues dogs and trains them for show and for therapy. She books their gigs and takes them on their appointments. All in her spare time. We were all very impressed.

My studio mates took a couple of pictures from my vantage point. If I like the photos I may do some paintings of Lisa and her furry and well-behaved friends.

White Linen Night

Sultry, Steamy, Exotic, Artfully Provocative.White LInen

White Linen Night in the Heights expands the First Saturday Arts Market to a night event throughout the Heights.

On August 6, starting at 6pm, businesses open their doors and feature artists and their work. The Petite Retreat will be my host where I will be exhibiting several paintings available for purchase. I will also be demonstrating with 20-minute sitting portrait sketches. These character sketches are suitable for framing (once dry) and the cost can be used to commission a portrait painting or toward the purchase of available artwork.Petite Retreat

Come and enjoy music, hors d’oevres and fine art in this exclusive spa environment–Free mini spa treats!

Free Shuttle service so check out details.

The Petite Retreat is located at:

1111 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008.

Read more at my Web site:

See the calendar of upcoming events.

A New Sketch & Art You Wear

In my vow to get back into the sketching habit, as I said I would do more of this year, I returned to my studio group.


Lilibeth André, Allie, conté

The model was beautiful. Thick curly hair pinned up in a heavy pony tail served as a frame for her wonderful features. Her almond eyes with a slight slant and a mouth that curled up without smiling were enjoyable to work on.

I knew I only had an hour so I worked fast to try to capture the landscape of her face. I worked on scale and placement of the features and began to form them. I added light and shadow too.

My next step would be to make some corrections and greater definition, also adding some darks and lights. I felt the stop into the studio was rewarding and I left with a satisfactory conté sketch on paper of Allie.

Yesterday I participated in One, a group show featuring the work of 35 local artists. When deciding what to wear I felt I should wear some body art. I contacted local body artist Valerie Ann Ramirez and she agreed to do a piece for me.

Allie detail

Allie, conté, detail

When I arrived at her studio she was just completing a photo shoot. She wanted to know what I had in mind. I asked for a red dragon. Bringing her tools out she prepared to get to work. Valerie expertly did her magic and the red dragon appeared among the bambo stalks.

LA and Valerie

Lilibeth André and Valerie Ann Ramirez

Valerie did a wonderful job. She promised to come to the show and she visited later in the evening.

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