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Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake. It was only a matter of time before my love of baked sweets met my love of still life painting! I’ve wanted to paint pretty cakes for a long time, and I finally got around to baking up a batch of beautiful red velvet cupcakes with the intention of making adorable still life paintings with them.



Here are my first two cupcake paintings! They are currently available here and here. Check out my other paintings for sale at my Etsy shop, ArtworkbyBob!



I’m contemplating what I should bake next… maybe a pumpkin pie? Or a layer cake? Decisions, decisions…


I won’t lie to you. I find portrait painting class to be very difficult. Three hours to do a portrait sounds like a fair chunk of time, but it really isn’t. In portrait painting class at The Watts Atelier, I am notorious for scrubbing my paintings as soon as class is over. Occasionally, though, I wise up and bring along my handy camera so I can take a quick photo for reference later (with the model’s permission, of course). Using my photo reference, I was able to finish this painting on my own. I really loved the dual lighting effect, which can be so much fun to paint.


I did this drawing during my last class of the semester at The Watts Atelier. The class was head drawing, and we usually use newsprint and charcoal. I decided, however, to try something a little bit different for the last class and opted instead for some brown paper and graphite. I used Bordon & Riley’s #840 Kraft paper, which is a lot of fun to draw on and a bit of a change of pace for me. I started my drawing with graphite and added highlights with white charcoal.



Another Friday, another life drawing session at the Watts Atelier. This week, I again decided to make a sketchbook drawing with ball point pen, white gel pen and marker. I had fun with this one:

This was the last friday night workshop for the current semester at Watts. I’ll have three weeks off of classes, during which I’m planning on doing a lot more painting. I have a few projects that I will hopefully be posting about soon. More on that later!

While I lived in New York, I often attended life drawing sessions at Spring Studio in SoHo. I usually just brought a sketchbook and a ballpoint pen rather than drag my 18″ by 24″ drawing board two miles from my apartment. drawing in ballpoint pen takes a different discipline than drawing in charcoal, which is obviously much more forgiving. I actually find that I much prefer these small, relatively quick efforts over my charcoal drawings.

I haven’t done a life drawing in my sketchbook for quite awhile, so I decided to change up my friday night life drawing routine and bring my sketchbook to draw in rather than the usual newsprint pad and charcoal pencils. Here is my drawing, which I worked on for about an hour and a half.

sketchbook figure drawing