Strokes of Genius 7

North Light Books, 2015
North Light Books, 2015

Strokes of Genius 7 will be released in November, and can be ordered from the North Light Books store or Amazon. My work “Adrift” appears in it (that piece seems to be popping up everywhere lately).


Spotlight Artist

My work “Adrift” will be featured in the “Competition Spotlight” section of the October 2015 issue of the Artist’s Magazine.  “Adrift” was a finalist in the 2014 Artist’s Magazine annual art competition.  It’s an honor to be selected for the competition spotlight (and I’m always particularly happy when a colored pencil piece is selected in an all media competition), so be sure to check out the October issue.Artists Magazine Competition Spotlight

With a few days off for the holidays, I sharpened my pencils and began a new piece.  The cropping is a perfect square (20″ x 20″), and I am working on my favorite paper, black Canson Mi-Teintes Touch with Caran d’ache Luminance pencils.  As usual, I started with my swatches:


then placed my selected colors into an empty tin to form my working palette:


The work is a follow-up to “Adrift”, and uses the same blanket pattern, although a different lighting setup.  The blue satin nightgown (which was so much fun to draw) has been replaced with a purple floral lace top (which will be a challenge I’m looking forward to drawing).  I’m about 8 hours into the piece, working on blocking in the blanket details.  The blanket probably looks refined at this picture’s resolution, but it is not – if you could zoom in you’d be able to see many areas have solid colors where stripes will need to be added, and other areas that have stripes need their values developed.  After the blanket background is complete roughed in, I’ll move onto the skin tones.  In this piece, sunlight is directly falling on the figure’s face, so the warm colors should be a nice juxtaposition with all of the cool blanket tones:

WIP Dec 22 2014


I received my hardcopy of North Light Books Strokes of Genius 6: Value | Lights & Darks. Cascade appears in the Portraits section on page 16. Please visit North Light Books online shop if you’d like to purchase a copy.