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I decided to get into the holiday season by painting a little Christmas-themed still life painting. I have to say, this thing was a bit of a challenge, but I’m fairly happy with the results! This piece is available here at my Etsy shop, ArtworkbyBob. Happy Holidays!



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 just finished this little painting of a rooster for my Etsy shop, ArtworkbyBob, and I had so much fun with it I had to share! I love animals and I am lucky enough to work around a lot of cute, friendly animals at Carlsbad Art Farm, where I teach drawing to children. I decided to paint this little rooster for a change of pace after doing so much still life.

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First, I started with a simple drawing in paint

photo 2After the drawing is done, I start adding simple blocks of color to cover the board

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Once everything is more or less covered, I start adding some more detail and texture.


I continue to add detail and refine edges until I’m satisfied with the result. It always feels like it should be better, but you have to stop at some point…

This painting is available here. Check it out as well as my other paintings for sale!

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.


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.

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