This is a 6×4 pencil crayon drawing on pastel paper.

Now if you’re wondering what pencil crayons are, they are what Americans called coloured pencils. Even though I’ve lived in the States for many years and sometimes use color instead of colour, and I almost never say toque and I  rarely drink a mickey or two-four… sure rarely sounds about right…anyway I can’t give up my pencil crayon terminology ..

Anyway here’s a grumpy groundhog. Not sure what he’s grumpy about unless he’s an American groundhog and would have preferred to be done with colored pencils. Sorry buddy..not in this house!

©Virginia Spencer,, 2019

Learning from the masters…

I recently participated in an ATC trade. The theme of the trade was to  learn from some of the great artists. It was interesting. I learned many things, mostly that I prefer to do my own paintings!

This one is based on Cezanne’s self-portrait. Acrylic, 2.5 by 3.5 inches.

This is based on a Monet. Acrylic, 2.5 by 3.5 inches.

These two are pencil sketches based on Waterhouse’s sketches. Pencil. 2.5 by 3.5 inches

I’ll be adding some works in progress posts soon, as well as some tips and advice on painting.  As always any critiques or comments are welcome.