Saturday, February 28, 2009

For Inspriration

Here's a wonderful site about a truely inspiring guy, name Dennis Francesconi. I think that we all can learn something from Dennis' story--check it out!

Thank-you, Dennis.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Few Pages From A Sketchbook

I thought that it would be fun to post a few pages from one of my sketchbooks. I like to use
pen and ink, sometimes adding in some color with watercolor pencils using a waterbrush.
I just like to include whatever things that happen to catch my eye right at that particular
These four pages are: sketches of my cat, Chance; electrical outlets, switches and a light;
two of the many "hats" my husband wears; some items in our hotel room on a "getaway".
Keeping a sketchbook is a lot of fun and when I now look back at the pages, it brings back
the memories of that day, trip, place, how I felt or my impressions of what I saw.
Plus, some people use sketchbooks as an idea bank for later artwork. There doesn't seem
to be any rules and one can just use their imagination, with no limits.
I don't drawing in mine everyday, and I confess, months can go by without any new additions.
I also don't consider myself to be very good at it, but that's ok, I have fun, anyway. Remember, no one ever has to see it. That's up to you.
So, if you don't already use a sketchbook, think about grabbing one the next time you visit your favorite drawing supply online or in person. It doesn't have to be a fancy one, just make sure it's "acid free" paper. Just start on that first page and see what happens.
Afterall, Leonardo did and look what happened!

Thank-you Dors for this award, I'm delighted!

This is my first award!

Be sure and drop by Dors at
She features some wonderful

Here are some blogs that are certainly award worthy:

Please, if you would nominate 5 blogs that you think
are of interest.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Free Art Videos

JerrysArtarama is offering free art videos!
All kinds of medium are featured, so go check them out.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What's it about?

Pencil Portraitworks is about drawing, but not just about drawing. It's about art and life and how the two intertwine. My focus will be on drawing with colored and graphite pencils, and in particular, portraiture. Don't be surprised if you see other subjects and art media along the way, too.

Just as life is far from simple, drawing is no different. And, let me tell you, it has absolutely nothing to do with "talent". In my humble opinion, there is no such thing. Some things come easier to some of us, than to others. Regardless, if the desire is there, any skill can be improved, through plenty of practice, patience and persistence. We might never be modern day Picassos, but if we can just stick with it, amazing things can happen.

I am no expert and I don't know all the answers about drawing or anything else for that matter. But I do know what works for me. You may find that another way works better for you and that's fine. We all have our own ways of doing things, again, art is no different. There are as many different methods and techniques in drawing as there are artists in the world.

I'm delighted that you found your way here and I hope that you will find Pencil Portraitworks an enjoyable, informational and just plain fun place to visit again and again, even if you're not artist.