Freebie Friday: miniature charcoal

There is beauty. Will you clear away the rubble, which we ourselves often create, to see things purely, simply, directly? Can we perceive raw beauty unadorned with the accretions of our fantasies?

I want to give you something… an original miniature drawing of mine based on a larger work. This is drawn on Arches 300 lb cold-press acid-free cotton rag paper, 2″x2″ (5cm x 5cm). I call it “Charcoal Moon”:

All you have to do to enter the contest is:

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  2. Comment on this blog post.

The contest ends midnight tonight Atlantic Time.

You can check out more of my fine art pieces here.


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43 Responses

  1. Prodigal Daughter says:

    Love it! 🙂

  2. I’ve just discovered your blog and your art, lovely stuff and well worth exploring.

    I shall be back!

  3. Ellen says:

    So simple, moody and atmospheric.

  4. annette says:

    I absolutely adore the minis.
    A tiny bit of elegant beauty in the day!

  5. Barb says:

    I want it!!

  6. Jeff Ellison says:

    This is one of my favorites!

  7. Elaine Case says:

    It is beautiful!!

  8. Bob Hoeller says:

    I love it!

  9. Mary Sweet says:

    Ooooohhhhh, lovely.

  10. Scott says:

    Put me in the hopper…

  11. Barb says:

    I love these!!!!

  12. Bonnie says:

    Your drawings make me emote! 😀 I love this!

  13. Lynn says:

    Very nice!

  14. Darrow Woods says:

    There’s a moon in the sky
    It’s called the moon
    And everybody is there, including,
    Saturn, Mercury
    Saturn, Venus
    Saturn, Mars
    Saturn, Jupiter
    The Van Allen Belt

    (the B-52’s)

    Roll-roll-roll-roll-rollin’ in Andromeda
    Won-ton-ton-ton rama-in-Andromeda

    There’s too many rings—This is the Space Age
    There’s too many things—This is the Space Age
    Just ain’t no atmosphere tonight

    If you’re lucky you get to ride in a gold meteorite
    If you’re not, you get a mouth, a mouthful of red Kryptonite
    You better move over
    Here comes a Super-nova
    Kryptonite- – –
    Destination moon

    If you’re in outer space
    Don’t feel out of place
    ’cause there are thousands of others like you
    Others like you
    Others like you

    Well there’s a moon, it’s in the sky
    It’s called the moon
    And everybody is there ‘cluding
    Destination moon

    Many gamma rays around it
    Van Allen Belt surrounds it
    This is the Space Age
    Please don’t worry
    This is the Space Age
    Just don’t worry
    This is the Space Age
    Others like you
    Ahhh ahhh……….

  15. Noelle says:

    Luna Bella!

  16. Darrow Woods says:

    This is where you can listen to the B-52’s sing their quirky old song, “There is a moon in the sky called the moon”

  17. Kyle Hayes says:

    these tiny pieces are great! put my name in the hat!

  18. Catherine Grace says:

    The simple yet startling beauty of this small piece reminded me of early photographs by Muybridge I saw recently at the Tate Britain exhibition dedicated to this monumental man of developmental photography.
    Muybridge took his bulky photographic paraphernalia into the Californian wilderness of the mid nineteenth century and captured, obviously in black and white, hugely emotive pictures, which even viewed now hold a haunting quality. There were many coniferous trees in his landscape pictures, illuminated brilliantly by natural light, in a similar manner to your coniferous tree depicted today.

  19. Peg says:

    When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,
    that’s amore.

  20. Dalton says:

    Love this, as always. A little reminder of beauty is always helpful

  21. bkw says:

    Very nice! I’m in.

  22. Nicole says:

    There is beauty, it’s true. It would be nice if we would stop creating things to hide it.

    Very nice drawing! Your nature ones are my favorites.

  23. Susan says:

    Thanks for your inner Beauty expressed in this outward manner. “))

  24. k8 says:

    That is really quite lovely.

  25. Jan Johnson says:

    Tree and moon – you know I love it!

  26. Tracy Fitzgerald says:

    As perfect a piece of art as I’ve ever seen . . .

  27. Tara F says:

    Simple. Beautiful. (((Wow)))

  28. Patty Kneeland says:

    Simply beautiful! Love it

  29. Linde says:

    I leave the porch light off when I go out, so that when I come back in the dark to my trailer in the country, there’s nothing to dim the stars, to distract me from the moon, to take my skin’s attention away from the cold and sweet winter wind, from the sounds of the little creatures who scurry in the dark. My eyes are adjusted to the beauty, small and large, above and below, light and dark, as is my heart.

  30. Darrin says:

    I’m in

  31. Pavel Argentov says:

    One of the most important people in my life said: “I know only one way of bringing Light into this world: every day scraping dirt from the tiny small YOUR portion of the window”. Your miniatures are just that. Peaces of clean window into reality of your light.

    Be blessed artist and merry Russian Christmas (today 🙂

  32. James Gensberg says:


  33. lynn says:

    I would love to win this as it would then match up with the wee miniature I bought at Christmas time and which arrived this week – yay! I love it!

  34. Lindsay says:

    This is great! I love the simplicity.

  35. Joel Conrad says:

    Simple but strong.
    You seem to like evergreens. Joel

  36. Crystal says:

    Understated simplicity, love it…Crystal

  37. Pat says:

    Hmmm…can the wheel of fortune favour me twice? I hope so!

  38. Megan says:

    Simplicity is beautiful

  39. Jessica says:

    I really love your trees. 🙂