No, don’t check your calendar; it is indeed Saturday. Seems yesterday managed to slip by without me tossing out a F(ine) Art Friday post to the world. And yet the globe continues to spin…amazing.

Snarky comments aside, there’s not too much to report in my art world at the moment. I’m at the beginning and midpoint of a few pieces, which sometimes feels like bobbing around in the doldrums as far as sharing goes. But here’s a peek at what I’m up to….

First, I’m finishing up another cage full of critters in the Abstract Zoo. I’m not as thrilled with this one as with the others, but it’s still fun to work on (although the Sharpie fumes are getting to me!).

Then there’s Mr. Frog. I’ve had this photo for a while and am finally getting around to turning it into a little piece of amphibious art…


I’m doing this little guy on Dura-Lar with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils in one version….


And experimenting with some watercolor pencils and Derwent Inktense in another version just to force myself to practice with some watercolor work…

And then there’s this photo from last year’s trip to Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory. I loved the contrasting shapes of the barrel cacti and the aloe-looking succulent….


…so I’m now attempting to turn them into a graphite drawing. My plan is to add just a hint of color to the plants while leaving the rocks and background in graphite. However, I’m stuck right now trying to sort out how to draw the barrel cacti’s spines. I think there’s some negative shape work I need to do, it’s just a matter of sorting out how to do that!

What’s up with you this weekend? Any projects in the works? Any tips for working those pesky cacti? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!


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11 thoughts on “Works in Very Slow Progress

  1. Oh cool! I can’t wait to see how your two different frogs look when they’re finished. What an ambitious amphibious task you’ve set for yourself! And it was nice to drop into the Abstract Zoo again – it’s amazing what you can create with Inktense blocks and a few lungfuls of Sharpie fumes 😀


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