An Amazing Woman


An Amazing Woman

I met this person years ago. I was immediately taken with her beauty and she was taken aback that I thought her beautiful. Apparently she had been told by someone that she was not. And she believed them. It was not false modesty.

It took me a while to convince her to let me draw her. But she finally relented. I love her image so I have drawn her many times. This is the first time I’ve drawn her full color. I just let her beauty come through my fingertips on to the paper. My job was to not mess it up.

Autobiography of Eve

by Ansel Elkins

Wearing nothing but snakeskin
boots, I blazed a footpath, the first
radical road out of that old kingdom
toward a new unknown.
When I came to those great flaming gates
of burning gold,
I stood alone in terror at the threshold
between Paradise and Earth.
There I heard a mysterious echo:
my own voice
singing to me from across the forbidden
side. I shook awake—
at once alive in a blaze of green fire.

Let it be known: I did not fall from grace.

I leapt
to freedom.

Name On It

"Devotion" - pastel on paper 22" x 16"
“Devotion” – pastel on paper 22″ x 16″

I asked my sister to send me pictures of people wearing hats a few months ago. My sister lives in Colorado. She sent me a photograph of a cowboy with his border collie. You know that saying “swing a dead cat…”? In Colorado you swing a dead cat and you’ll hit a horse or a horseman. Especially if you are out on the eastern slope of Colorado up to the Rockies. So I did this drawing for her from the photograph. I made a little bit of a departure from my usual style in the use of the tortillion. A tortillion is the traditional rolled up paper stump that is used for blending. Usually I don’t use the tortillion much, if at all. I prefer to see a lot of texture. In this one I decided to blend and blend away. It turned out pretty well so I decided to put my name on it.