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Coneflowers
Coneflowers

This is a color drawing of some prairie coneflowers (Echinacea sp.) that were blooming in our garden last summer.  Colored pencil, 16″ x 12.”

Terry Hall Arts - Swamp at Chippokes
Swamp at Chippokes

Virginia has a wonderful state park system.  Along the James River in Surrey County is Chippokes Plantation State Park, a plantation site from the olden days of yore.  A fun thing to do here is to take the ferry across the river to colonial Jamestown and Williamsburg. Continue reading “Swamp at Chippokes”

The Pencil’s Progress – Chippokes Swamp

Irises - A German in Siberia
Irises – A German in Siberia

This colored pencil painting was inspired by the irises in our front yard.  Our Siberian iris have been multiplying like crazy, so we moved some from the back garden to the front.  Along with them, we planted a German (bearded) iris of unknown color (it was a freebie).  When bloom time came in May, the German was yellow, which is a nice complement to the bluish purple Siberians. Continue reading “A German in Siberia”

Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit

By the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s people will bear good fruit.  Colored pencil on cold-press watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″. Continue reading “Fruit of the Spirit”

Trees in the Park
Trees in the Park

This is a colored pencil work that I drew while visiting one of the local Roanoke City parks on my lunch break. Continue reading “Trees in the Park”

The Pumpkin Wagon
The Pumpkin Wagon

There is a pretty little hobby farm near our home.  The old farmhouse has been restored, and surrounding it is a menagerie of goats, donkeys, miniature horses, and other critters. Continue reading “The Pumpkin Wagon”

My Portable Drawing Kit

Colored Pencil Points

Trying to fit a little art time into life can be challenging.  For example, I work a full-time job, help my wife with her work, and try to take care of myself and our household.  Then there are responsibilities for the community and family, and other interests to pursue.  I’m sure everyone has similar challenges, so making time and space for art requires some ingenuity and discipline. Continue reading “My Portable Drawing Kit”

Enlarging and Transferring an Image for a Painting

Terry Hall Arts - Japanese Landscape
My interpretation of Hokusai’s “A View of Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo”

I just finished painting this interpretation of Hokusai’s “A View of Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo” using ink and acrylic wash on canvas.  The dimensions are 36″ by 24″.  There were a lot of steps involved in getting from a print in an art book to the final result, and I thought it would be fun to document some of the process.

Continue reading “Enlarging and Transferring an Image for a Painting”

Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk

Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk
Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk

The setting for this painting is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.  This was in early May, and the crepe myrtles were just starting to leaf out.  It rained and misted all day, but we still enjoyed the gardens.

Continue reading “Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk”

A Fragrant Offering (Hearts on Fire Series)

A Fragrant Offering
A Fragrant Offering

This is the newest piece in my “Hearts on Fire” series.  This drawing depicts our prayers rising to God as a pleasing fragrance to Him.

Continue reading “A Fragrant Offering (Hearts on Fire Series)”

Sketches Feb 2 2014

Where is Freedom?

Captive
Captive

As often happens, the painting “Captive” started out as something else in my mind and became what it is on its own.  Over the years, I have enjoyed making loose, gestural line drawings.  Fancy doodles, basically.  I’ve decided that a few of these might be worthy of development into paintings, and so I am attempting to do just that. Continue reading “Where is Freedom?”

The Vinedresser’s Table

The Vinedresser's Table
The Vinedresser’s Table

The story behind this colored pencil drawing is noteworthy, as it demonstrates the power of the Holy Spirit working in a small way within an individual on a personal level.  I am compelled to share it, as it may be encouraging to others. Continue reading “The Vinedresser’s Table”

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