Monday, August 31, 2015

Sketch of Prayer Plant (Maranta)



This morning I was looking through some old sketchbooks (actually just trying to find some blank pieces of paper), and I came across this little drawing. I am not sure when I drew this one, but probably it was quite a while ago. This is a pen and ink sketch of a prayer plant (aka maranta). The plant is very colorful, with lime green and hot pink, but for this drawing, I concentrated on the beautiful patterns in the leaves.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Queijo Coalho (Illustration)


This is the drawing I finished today.  This is an illustration for a recipe that I plan to post today on our food blog, seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com.  This is for our friend Thais' recipe for Brazilian grilled cheese, with maple syrup sauce.  This is mixed media (colored pencil and conte) on paper. I spent the last two days making corrections, but am declaring it finished because it is time to post the recipe.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Queijo Coalho as of Aug. 28, 2015


Here is the drawing I have been working on as it looked yesterday, August 28th. This is an illustration for a recipe that will soon be published on our food blog, seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com. The recipe is by our friend Thais, who makes Brazilian grilling cheese but gives it an American touch by using maple syrup as a dipping sauce. On the 28th, I worked on the color scheme, especially the wall in the background. I used layers of blue, green, and white and was pretty happy with the result. I decided to use more orange for the maple syrup in the plate, and from there, I abandoned my idea of making the color of the table more neutral, and decided to heighten the color instead. I have to say that the color scheme has been the biggest puzzle in this drawing. I also tried to sharpen the lines as I went along, and clean up little mistakes. Almost done here; just a little bit more to do.

Friday, August 28, 2015

My Dad in 1939 (Rescued Family Photo)



During a visit to New York, some time after my father died, my Aunt Celia gave me a box of photos of that showed my dad as a boy and a young man. I am still grateful that Aunt Celia did that for me. It was a great surprise, especially because I had never seen these photos before. When I got home, I put them in a new photo album that had an insert on the front cover for a photo. This is the photo I chose to put on the cover. I love this picture of my dad (and am grateful to the unknown photographer who took this picture). But the photograph itself was falling apart, so last night I scanned it into the computer and did some digital editing to get rid of tears, scratches, and stray marks. The image was not symmetrical, so I also cropped the digital version. On the back of the photo, someone had written "Hy" and the date, "Feb. 11, 1939". So he was twenty at the time this photo was taken. I am posting this today because he was born on August 28.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Queijo Coalho (as of Aug. 27, 2015)


This morning I worked on this drawing again. This is going to be an illustration for a recipe in our food blog, seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com. The recipe is by our friend Thais, who makes grilled Brazilian cheese with a maple syrup dipping sauce. Today I worked on the color scheme, especially the background color of the table-top. I am still working on the color for the wall. I also started some clean-up. I will need to do re-define some of the lines and fix a few things, but this is getting close to finished.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Queijo Coalho (as of Aug. 26, 2015)


This morning, I worked on this drawing, an illustration for a recipe that will soon be published in our food blog (seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com). This is a drawing of Brazilian grilling cheese, served with a dipping sauce of maple syrup, to illustrate a recipe by our friend Thais. Today I adding color with conte crayon and colored pencil. I am still working out the color scheme, which is a bit of a challenge due to the primary colors in the flags. I decided to derive the background colors by layering and recombining the colors in the flags, and then softening them. So the light blue plate echoes the blue and white of the flag. For the color of the table, I layered pink, orange, and white (to combine the yellow, red, and white colors in the flags). I like the peach color, but at the moment it is too strong for a background color, so I plan to soften it and make it more neutral. But this is as far as I got today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Queijo Coalho as of Aug. 25, 2015



Today I worked on this drawing again. This will soon be published in our food blog (www.seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com). The recipe is from our friend Thais, who serves this grilled Brazilian cheese with a dipping sauce of maple syrup. I wanted to use "flag toothpicks" in this drawing. I drew them in this morning because I knew that if that didn't work, I would have to start the drawing over. But I was happy with the little Brazilian and American flags. I also did some more work on the maple syrup bottle, trying to get it to stand up straight. And I kept going on adding color. I am still thinking about the color scheme.