Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The First Step- Easel Time

There is always a starting point on taking on a new challenge or endeavor. I started with an easel today.
It is called is called a box table easel. It was on sale, I had a gift card as a gift, so out of pocket  costs today were small. However it will take time to gather up what I need to paint. I decided to start with acrylics.

Next year will be an amazing time and an even more amazing learning curve on my behalf. I will still be drawing as always and plan to start adding in a painting here and there.

I will try to temper my impatience and urge to know how to do it now. As I am older, I feel I do not have the luxury of years and years of time to learn the craft. But one thing, you know I will do my best as always.

It is a good size. it should work well for quite awhile

I like the fact that there is storage for brushes and paint

It also locks and has a carrying case

My only concern will be the storage of the painting
and the palette

There you have it, the start of my new adventure


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Part Two Of My Long Awaited Visit To The Norton Art Museum

Please stop by to see more of my art museum visit. I have provided a link to the first and second post.
I hope you enjoy it! 

Part Two Of My My Long Awaited Visit To The Norton Art Museum

This is a link to the first post.
 My Long Awaited Visit To The Norton Art Museum

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Long Awaited Visit To The Norton Art Museum

Something different today. I just did a post on a visit to an art museum on my regular blog, R Jacob Post. It is part one of two. I hope you have time to stop by and take a look.

My Long Awaited Visit To The Norton Art Museum Part One



Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Version- Roy Lichtenstein Foot Medications 1963

My Version Lichtenstein Ace Gallery

My Version-Roy Lichtenstein Finger Pointing 1961

Repost By R Jacob

I felt stuck lately on doing faces, not happy with the results'
Here is a quick landscape drawing.
Grass, rocks, water flowing, trees.
A change of pace.

back to the drawing board.

First posted March 27, 2011
on R Jacob Post

Friday, October 7, 2011

My Son The Artist

My son ( almost 22 ) has done some drawing on and off over the last few years. I came home from work yesterday and found this with my drawing book. It is quite original and very good ( proud father ), and I encourage him to draw more often. He loves to play poker. I love how he used his perspective to show what is going on. There is a lot of detail in his drawing. I think he is better then me! He does not know that I am posting this, but I don't think he would mind.

Monday, September 26, 2011

3 Drawings In 5 Hours

I felt a sudden and tremendous burst of energy. I will be in for some long hours the next three days at work with our store's inventory starting tomorrow at 6:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm.

I was actually working on a fourth, but my drawing table is on the patio and the bugs were out in full force!
I had to give up, another day perhaps.

I started drawing at three and ended at eight.  It was a lot of fun!

time for a cold beer

I did post all three drawings below this post. My version of Da Vinci. Manga, and Horton hears a Who.
I hope you like them.


My Version Of Leonardo Da Vinci

My Version of Your Manga-My Manga

My Version Of Horton Hears A Who

Friday, September 23, 2011

Scary Driftwood Hand At Dusk

Sometimes I get caught up in a photo or drawing that has too much darkness and not enough detail for me to see clearly enough to draw. This might be one of those times. A work on progress. Someday I will look back at some of my drawings and realize these were the building blocks along the way.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Swan In Charcoal

Thanks to my Greek friend Fany at  Φανή Παπαγεωργίου, Ζωγράφος for her encouragement. She asked me to try a swan drawing and gave me a step by step in how to do it.

I took a picture of my drawing with and without flash. I was unsure with the black paper and mostly charcoal which would look better. I will let you be the judge.

Thanks and kisses Fany!

It was fun!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

RJ-Self Portrait

Sigh, a difficult drawing for me. I still have a way to go in drawing hair. I have to learn to get the nuances of that down.

A woman's hair seems to be easier for me, more flow to it. 

It is easy to be critical of how one looks to others. I can see all the flaws. Maybe others will not. 

I will redo it down the road as my skills improve, a before and after! Maybe no double chin? lol

This is not Man Thinking, more like Man With No Thoughts! Ha Ha

As always, doing my best
time for a cup of tea


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sad Eyes

I have been fighting tiredness lately.
 I felt better today so I gave it a try.
I saw this over at Dragos.com. 
I hope I did it justice! 

There is a second part that I will try later.

thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Fist

Hand drawing continued

My try

My paper is a 50 lb. weight.
I have been advised to use 
250 lb. weight paper
which is rougher and holds charcoal better

The charcoal I used is a blunt type of material.
I think I need more of a pencil style
for more detail

coffee time


first posted on R Jacob Post

on  April 26th, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Egon Schiele-Wally Neuzil in Black Stockings, 1912

side by side
top and bottom
as it were

original I found

Egon Schiele-Wally Neuzil in Black Stockings, 1912
Courtesy of Richard Nagy Gallery, London

my effort
I used Derwent watercolor pencils
and added a bit of water to bring out 
the color

glad to be back drawing

time for a big cup of coffee!


also found on R Jacob Post

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Drawing Journey, Part One


Recently I decided to draw everyday at lunch time at work.
I pop in my ear buds, turn up my music and get to drawing.
I want to work from photos eventually I think, that may change.
I will see as I go.
Something parts I drew I felt good about.
When annoyed, I x-it out, or slash through it in disgust.
Most of this is done on my lunch, time flies, I don't want to get back to work.
How good will I get by years end, we will see.
I was kind of nervous doing this in front of people at first.
People do come up to see what I am doing. A few shared that they drew also.

to be continued.

building on face structure

eyes, mouth, lips

flipping through a book
I thought I could draw the drawing

practice, practice

hands must be learned

eyes, hand grasping

first posted on R Jacob Post

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Started at lunch time on the 27th
left to do the next day was the right arm
and the squirrel.
I had forgotten my books and paper at home. 
I grabbed a book with Disney pictures, 
some regular copy paper
and went to work.

time for a big gulp of coffee
first posted on R jacob Post on
March 2, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Drawing Thumper, how I did it...

This is not meant to be a tutorial on how to do this. This is just how I currently am going about trying to recreate something on paper. I will get better ( I hope ) but as an artist once told me it is a process. Right now, this is mine.

Please click on the pictures, the first 2 are very faint.

Step One

step two

step three

step four

step five

the original copy

getting closer
and thanks for playing the game!

time for a cold one ( beer )!


first published on 
R Jacob Post

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Small Step

first posted on
R Jacob Post
March 3, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

William Blake-Newton

Picture found
William Blake- Newton 1795/circa 1805

My attempt

being that I am posting this Sunday night
I think a nightcap is in order
while I ponder is it a small success or
a learning step.



also posted on R jacob Post


Keep Drawing In The Lines

Sometimes inspiration comes to a stop. The words that were dancing in my head seemed to have slowed down since I did the "wedding vows" for the lady at work. It is a mystery and I am awaiting something to happen.

But there seems an awakening in another form of drawing. I will see where this goes, but so far it has been satisfying. Here are some recent attempts.

The first one is a drawing I made from an  exercise I used in my instruction art book.  It is a knight on a horse. The trick was to turn the picture upside down and then draw it. My drawing was done upside down, and I had no idea what it would look like until I was done.

First the book....

and then my attempt, remember I did this upside down.

I got restless afterwards looking for something else to draw. I had gotten a hand drawn thank you card from my neighbor which looks like this.

This is what I did.

The horse I drew upside down, the man right side up. Which makes me wonder, how does drawing up-side down help the mind draw?

Anyway, not all music, or thoughts, or poems, there might be more to me to be unearthed, a lump of coal to turn into a diamond! The book does say a self portrait is in order. Must get back to work...

First Posted on R Jacob Post
December 3, 2010

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