Thursday, September 4, 2014


Well, August has now come and gone. I've been enjoying some much needed time off and now I'm focusing on my art and some self reflection.

Here is the completed painting of my grandpa and mom in front of the market my grandparents owned here in Los Angeles back in the 1950s. I gave it to my mom for her birthday last month and made prints for my grandmother and sister who also celebrated birthdays last month. It was several years in the making but I finally finished it!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Peter Paul Duggan, half-length portrait, three-quarters to right, head in profile

Yes, I know, I haven't been posting everyday but it is for a good reason. I've been working on finishing a painting that I started years ago. I drew this guy today though, another Daguerreotype from the Library of Congress. I obviously didn't have patience for that mop of his but I can definitely tell that it is coming easier to me now that I've been drawing or painting almost everyday for over a month. Feels good.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ocean View Avenue

So I haven't been posting as often the last week but it is only because I spent a few days working on this painting. I finally broke down and took over half of my dining table to set up my acrylics. I bought a small pad of paper for painting acrylic on. It is much less intimidating to paint a small picture than to fill a whole canvas especially since it has been a while since I've painted at all. In the past I stayed away from painting buildings because I thought painting al those straight lines would be hard or boring but since I've been drawing these old houses, it seemed less daunting. I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I'm excited to get going on another one!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

West 12th Place

After one complete failure with my watercolors the other night (I painted a muddy blob), I was able to paint this last night. I am sooo out of practice with watercolors and really it just made me want to pull out the acrylics. I'm an impatient painter, I hate waiting for paint to dry. I've been especially impatient knowing that I'm trying to post a piece everyday. I know I had a busy week last week but I definitely lost my momentum. And, as much as I love portraits, I was missing a connection with the subject matter. My husband told me he could see my excitement drawing these old LA houses. And that lead me to this painting, definitely forced but I don't hate it. I might even try a few more before I dive into the acrylics.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

John Bell, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left, eyes front

This guy just looks like an old southern politician. John Bell, another Daguerreotype from the Library of Congress. Getting tired of the word Daguerreotype. I pulled out my watercolors last night but couldn't figure out what to paint. Hoping to be inspired today.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hugh Brady, half-length portrait, facing front, in civilian dress

Sketch of Daguerreotype of Hugh Brady, US colonel in the late 1700s to early 1800s. Green colored pencil on yellow paper.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Augusta Currie Bradhurst Field, three-quarter length portrait of a woman, facing front, seated

Another Daguerreotype. Its challenging to draw young faces since they are so smooth and have such small features, you can't capture their character in the same way as the wrinkly old men I've been drawing. I do enjoy drawing on colored paper, it adds depth to a simple little drawing like this one.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

West 25th Street

Yeah, so I missed posting yesterday...this week is a busy one. I'm in a wedding on Friday and I'm trying to wrap up some work before then. Here's one I did a couple weeks ago, from my Google map exploring. So many great roofs!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Unidentified man, head-and-shoulders portrait, slightly to the right

I was on a roll the other night with these Library of Congress Daguerreotypes. Such interesting faces. After looking at all the drawings I've done the last few weeks, it has been fun to draw houses but portraits really are my favorite :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Levi Woodbury, half-length portrait, head three-quarters to the right

Here's another sketch from the Library of Congress Daguerreotypes collection. Levi Woodbury, another politician from the 1800s. He may not have much hair but he had some really interesting facial features to draw.