Life Drawing

“Life Drawing” by Todd Powelson

It’s easy for me to focus on drawing what is in my imagination, and forget to draw from life. It’s always a good and important exercise to draw the human figure, and draw what you see. I’ve got to remember to take the time and do it…

Yesterday I did take the time, and here is my drawing. Thanks Jeffrey Hale for hosting and putting this together.

Winter Trees


Walking up in the hills at night a week or so ago, I decided to sit down on a large tree that had fallen over. My knee starts to get a little sore after a couple miles, especially in the cold. An old injury. I was looking at the the trees standing up in front of and across from me, and I swear three of those trees kind of merged together and made a face that seemed to be looking back. I had to blink and look again, and yep, it was still there. I got up and walked around, but that giant face kept a-looking on… it seemed clear as could be to me.

It had something to do with the moonlight shining down on the light snowfall, combined with the way the branches were weaving together into each other and the dead leaves, and the rocks and bushes peaking through the negative space. Merging into a giant tree face that looked back at me.

I’ve gone back to that spot a few times since then, but whatever that face was has gotten up and moved on down the road. The moonlight is different now and its been slightly overcast, plus some of the snow has melted. The shapes in the trees are all different and no more tree-in-the-face.

Except for here in my drawing. I was working on some other project and wasn’t able to get to it for a bit, but I did want to spend a little time and draw my moonlight buddy. I finally did, and here it is.

James Jean Drawings

Tuba - by James Jean
Tuba – by James Jean

Sometimes I realize that it has been a little while since I have looked into what artist James Jean has been up to, and then I spend a chunk of my time looking through his websites. That happened this week, and I was drawn in once again. I’ve especially liked looking at his new drawings and studies, some of which I am posting here. I love it so damn much! I especially like going through his work on Instagram and seeing how his work evolves.

Moses - by James Jean
Moses – by James Jean
Pescados - by James Jean
Pescados – by James Jean
Tumor - by James Jean
Tumor – by James Jean
Puppet - by James Jean
Puppet – by James Jean

Woman with Bird

"Woman with Bird" by Kiki Smith, 2003
“Woman with Bird” by Kiki Smith, 2003

Anna has written about Kiki Smith here before, but I have found myself looking at Kiki’s work quite a bit this last week or two.

I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t been able to write a proper blog post, but I wanted to at least upload the great drawing above. I really love the layering and texture