Paolo, Parma, Italy

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Wolfe’s Carbon Pencil (2B / 6B) on Canson Classic Cream Drawing Paper

Date: November 30, 2013
Size: W. 10.25" (26 C.) X H. 13.25" (33.5 C.)

When I was last in Parma (October of 2013) Paolo came to the window to smoke. I took a photograph of him that became this drawing.

When I was an art student my first degree was a B.F.A. in Drawing Painting and Print- Making. Yes, there are such degrees and though they make no one a nickel one pays handsomely for them. During those years I became acquainted and excelled (to may satisfaction) in lithography (working directly on stone with grease pencil and other materials). Carbon pencil on paper feels and reacts the same. The main difference between carbon pencil and charcoal is that you cannot blend it with the finger. All of the subtleties must happen with cross-hatching or with the side of the pencil.

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Bixio Girl 1

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My most basic portrait valued at around $120.
CarbOthello (Stabilo) Terra Cotta 1400/645 on Strathmore Tan Charcoal paper

Date: November 28, 2013
Size: W. 11" (28 c.) x H. 14" (35.5 c.)

Quite often I fill time by drawing in coffee bars and the like. Though moving quickly while waiting on customers, the best non-posed (most likely to staying around longer than a demi-tasse of expresso) is the waitresses themselves so I set about to sketch them as they flit from table to table. These ladies and men often want me to draw a real drawing of them not knowing that this is my profession and not a hobby. Sometimes I take their picture and promise to send a drawing to them but they rarely believe this. I like to surprise them by keeping my word. This is just such a case. I rarely get as much as a free coffee in return for the gesture but I do it any way and this has opened the door to many long-term friendships.

Bixio Girl 2

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My most basic portrait valued at around $120.
CarbOthello (Stabilo) Terra Cotta 1400/645 on Strathmore Tan Charcoal paper

Date: November 28, 2013
Size: W. 11" (28 c.) x H. 14" (35.5 c.)

Quite often I fill time by drawing in coffee bars and the like. Though moving quickly while waiting on customers, the best non-posed (most likely to staying around longer than a demi-tasse of expresso) is the waitresses themselves so I set about to sketch them as they flit from table to table. These ladies and men often want me to draw a real drawing of them not knowing that this is my profession and not a hobby. Sometimes I take their picture and promise to send a drawing to them but they rarely believe this. I like to surprise them by keeping my word. This is just such a case. I rarely get as much as a free coffee in return for the gesture but I do it any way and this has opened the door to many long-term friendships.

Giovanni Pellegrini

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Mechanical (.05 – 2B) Pencil on Canson Eggshell Drawing Paper

Size: W. 11" " (28 c) X 15" " ( 38 c)
Date: November 27, 2013

Giv is the proprietor of Ducale B and B where I stay in Parma, Italy. I discovered him and Ducale about three years ago and I have made it my home when there. In time we became friends. Just so you know, Giovanni believes in the "theory of relativity" his relatives get the same price as everyone else and he applies this same rule to his friends. ; ) Anyway, his price is MORE than fair and I can walk to everything that matters. He asked me to draw his portrait and sent me this picture. It’s from the back stage of Teatro Reggio. Giovanni is addicted to opera and spends a lot of his time looking down on orchestra pits, people heaving at the chest and singing to one another in elaborate costumes. This was an alright photo but I am looking for something of my own and the next time I’m in Parma (May), I will pose him for myself and then we’ll see if I don’t get him perfectly. Stay tuned.

Giv’s Sister

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Terra Cotta, Conte’ Pastel Pencil on Oyster Mi Tieites with white highlights.

Size: W. 16.75" (42.5 c) X H. 18.5" (44.5 c)
Date: November 20, 2013

Giovanni Pellegrini is my Parma hotelier and friend. He asked me to draw his twin sister and provided a scan of what he thought she might like. I do agree it is a charming image and having never met her, I hope she appreciates my treatment of the photograph. Admittedly, because of the lighting, there was not as much detail as I might have live liked but accurate likeness in a drawing is not nearly as important as capturing the moment . This is a lovely and particularly fresh "catch." Someone got her just at the moment she arrived and stepped out of the car. Everything was a flutter and there went the shutter.

Buddy Rogers

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Pencil on White Strathmore

Size: W. 12″ X H. 17″
Date: September 23, 2013

Buddy is one of my favorite Starbuck’s coffee drinking friends. A veteran of Vietnam with a hole in his ankle to prove it, he is in my view the quintessential Norman Rockwell American. Though Buddy was born and raised in Ohio and Kentucky along the Ohio River, he and I come from the same stock. We know the same jokes and share the same memories and sense of humor.
I’m not sure this drawing does him justice. He’ll like it but there is something just slightly off but I haven’t a clue where it is.Pencil Crop

Hang in Charcoal

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Size: W. 12" X H. 16"
Date: August 21, 2013

I am a fan of San Francisco artist Zhaoming Wu. He is an amazing figurative artist that can turn out amazing and intriguing figures at the twixt of a brush. Of course, the model has a lot to do with the mystery of the image. Mona Lisa was as much Mona Lisa as it was Leonardo da Vinci. Hang only had two or three pictures of herself but she looked young, fresh and innocent. I think she was younger in this picture than the first one I did. I like the raw, ethnic feel of her portrait.

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