Nativity Sketches

Just wanted to pop in with a Merry Christmas for you all! I’ve been studying some of the old masters and sketching portions of their paintings just for practice. It’s been a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas!


Caravaggio, Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence (1600)

Sketch is on toned grey paper with Pitt pencils, black and white.

Bernardo Strozzi

Bernardo Stozzi, Adoration of the Shepherds (1615)

Graphite on cream paper, and doesn’t that baby look like Churchhill?? Even the original looks like one old baby, and mine looks like a miniature 85 year old. But…PRACTICE, right?

Gari Melchers

Gari Melchers The Nativity (1891)

I love this painting so much…the exhaustion of the couple is palpable. Generals Charcoal Pencil (white) on black sketchbook paper.

One other reminder: on Christmas, my classes will go on sale so you can get the best deal for yourself from Santa’s giftcards! And if you’re giving gift cards, be sure your recipient knows to go put classes in their cart right away and stretch your gift to be its most valuable.

Christmas blessings to you and your family!