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"Red," the first oil painting I did that I liked. 
[description. a chunky still life of a red mug, red bowl, and jar of red tomato sauce.]

"Red," the first oil painting I did that I liked. 

[description. a chunky still life of a red mug, red bowl, and jar of red tomato sauce.]

Tiny sketch I like from the Basel Kunstmuseum. 
[desc. pen and pencil sketch of a bearded man in profile with a hat.]

Tiny sketch I like from the Basel Kunstmuseum. 

[desc. pen and pencil sketch of a bearded man in profile with a hat.]

My first contribution to thirty-two cents, a postcard initiative. 
[desc. a watercolor of a purple church tower in the Gothic style at the end of a street, a golden sky above.]

My first contribution to thirty-two cents, a postcard initiative. 

[desc. a watercolor of a purple church tower in the Gothic style at the end of a street, a golden sky above.]

A very time-consuming watercolor I did of the inside of the Cathedrale de Lausanne. 
[desc. a tall, narrow watercolor of the stone pulpit with a carved wooden canopy. Behind and to the right is a vaulted arch with a pointed stained glass window below it.]

A very time-consuming watercolor I did of the inside of the Cathedrale de Lausanne. 

[desc. a tall, narrow watercolor of the stone pulpit with a carved wooden canopy. Behind and to the right is a vaulted arch with a pointed stained glass window below it.]

More sketches from my Rome trip — Trevii Fountain and a headless statue in the Roman part of the city.

[desc. pen-and-ink sketches of two bits of stone sculpture: a fountain with a muscular pointing gentleman standing above leaping, prancing horses, and a standing torso draped with elaborately pleated fabric.]

I just checked this Tumblr and realized I hadn’t updated in over a year! This is assuredly not intentional, as I have been producing a slow stream of small watercolors over the past year. I started grad school in September 2012, so sadly I haven’t had much time for anything more intensive than that, but I’m trying to keep up my skills.
This is from my trip to Rome for four days last August.
[desc. a shaded gallery, with a tree-filled courtyard visible beyond.]

I just checked this Tumblr and realized I hadn’t updated in over a year! This is assuredly not intentional, as I have been producing a slow stream of small watercolors over the past year. I started grad school in September 2012, so sadly I haven’t had much time for anything more intensive than that, but I’m trying to keep up my skills.

This is from my trip to Rome for four days last August.

[desc. a shaded gallery, with a tree-filled courtyard visible beyond.]

Long time no post! I have a couple things I’m working on right now. This was an unexpected little piece, done (I hope) as a gift for a professor for a professor. This is the Chapel of the Macchabées, attached to the Cathédrale St.-Pierre in Geneva.
(desc. a colorful vaulted Gothic ceiling viewed from below.)

Long time no post! I have a couple things I’m working on right now. This was an unexpected little piece, done (I hope) as a gift for a professor for a professor. This is the Chapel of the Macchabées, attached to the Cathédrale St.-Pierre in Geneva.

(desc. a colorful vaulted Gothic ceiling viewed from below.)

First plein air painting of the new season! (Admittedly, I won’t be here for most of it, but at least I got one good painting out.) This was a remarkably non-frustrating piece.
[desc. watercolor of an old Ford truck and two tractors without cabs on a hill.]

First plein air painting of the new season! (Admittedly, I won’t be here for most of it, but at least I got one good painting out.) This was a remarkably non-frustrating piece.

[desc. watercolor of an old Ford truck and two tractors without cabs on a hill.]

And here is my most recent intensive watercolor! This is the Rue des Barres in Paris, where the workshop/studio program that I participated in July 2011 stayed for several stays.
[desc. watercolor looking up a street of medieval buildings with cafes at the ground level; one side of the street is shaded, the other lit. The outline is in green and the overall color scheme is cool.]

And here is my most recent intensive watercolor! This is the Rue des Barres in Paris, where the workshop/studio program that I participated in July 2011 stayed for several stays.

[desc. watercolor looking up a street of medieval buildings with cafes at the ground level; one side of the street is shaded, the other lit. The outline is in green and the overall color scheme is cool.]

Aaaaand back to the watercolors and vibrant colors.
[desc. watercolor of a person lying on their back stretched over a pillow, head turned away, from a top right view.]

Aaaaand back to the watercolors and vibrant colors.

[desc. watercolor of a person lying on their back stretched over a pillow, head turned away, from a top right view.]

"Red," the first oil painting I did that I liked. 
[description. a chunky still life of a red mug, red bowl, and jar of red tomato sauce.]

"Red," the first oil painting I did that I liked. 

[description. a chunky still life of a red mug, red bowl, and jar of red tomato sauce.]

Tiny sketch I like from the Basel Kunstmuseum. 
[desc. pen and pencil sketch of a bearded man in profile with a hat.]

Tiny sketch I like from the Basel Kunstmuseum. 

[desc. pen and pencil sketch of a bearded man in profile with a hat.]

My first contribution to thirty-two cents, a postcard initiative. 
[desc. a watercolor of a purple church tower in the Gothic style at the end of a street, a golden sky above.]

My first contribution to thirty-two cents, a postcard initiative. 

[desc. a watercolor of a purple church tower in the Gothic style at the end of a street, a golden sky above.]

A very time-consuming watercolor I did of the inside of the Cathedrale de Lausanne. 
[desc. a tall, narrow watercolor of the stone pulpit with a carved wooden canopy. Behind and to the right is a vaulted arch with a pointed stained glass window below it.]

A very time-consuming watercolor I did of the inside of the Cathedrale de Lausanne. 

[desc. a tall, narrow watercolor of the stone pulpit with a carved wooden canopy. Behind and to the right is a vaulted arch with a pointed stained glass window below it.]

More sketches from my Rome trip — Trevii Fountain and a headless statue in the Roman part of the city.

[desc. pen-and-ink sketches of two bits of stone sculpture: a fountain with a muscular pointing gentleman standing above leaping, prancing horses, and a standing torso draped with elaborately pleated fabric.]

I just checked this Tumblr and realized I hadn’t updated in over a year! This is assuredly not intentional, as I have been producing a slow stream of small watercolors over the past year. I started grad school in September 2012, so sadly I haven’t had much time for anything more intensive than that, but I’m trying to keep up my skills.
This is from my trip to Rome for four days last August.
[desc. a shaded gallery, with a tree-filled courtyard visible beyond.]

I just checked this Tumblr and realized I hadn’t updated in over a year! This is assuredly not intentional, as I have been producing a slow stream of small watercolors over the past year. I started grad school in September 2012, so sadly I haven’t had much time for anything more intensive than that, but I’m trying to keep up my skills.

This is from my trip to Rome for four days last August.

[desc. a shaded gallery, with a tree-filled courtyard visible beyond.]

Long time no post! I have a couple things I’m working on right now. This was an unexpected little piece, done (I hope) as a gift for a professor for a professor. This is the Chapel of the Macchabées, attached to the Cathédrale St.-Pierre in Geneva.
(desc. a colorful vaulted Gothic ceiling viewed from below.)

Long time no post! I have a couple things I’m working on right now. This was an unexpected little piece, done (I hope) as a gift for a professor for a professor. This is the Chapel of the Macchabées, attached to the Cathédrale St.-Pierre in Geneva.

(desc. a colorful vaulted Gothic ceiling viewed from below.)

First plein air painting of the new season! (Admittedly, I won’t be here for most of it, but at least I got one good painting out.) This was a remarkably non-frustrating piece.
[desc. watercolor of an old Ford truck and two tractors without cabs on a hill.]

First plein air painting of the new season! (Admittedly, I won’t be here for most of it, but at least I got one good painting out.) This was a remarkably non-frustrating piece.

[desc. watercolor of an old Ford truck and two tractors without cabs on a hill.]

And here is my most recent intensive watercolor! This is the Rue des Barres in Paris, where the workshop/studio program that I participated in July 2011 stayed for several stays.
[desc. watercolor looking up a street of medieval buildings with cafes at the ground level; one side of the street is shaded, the other lit. The outline is in green and the overall color scheme is cool.]

And here is my most recent intensive watercolor! This is the Rue des Barres in Paris, where the workshop/studio program that I participated in July 2011 stayed for several stays.

[desc. watercolor looking up a street of medieval buildings with cafes at the ground level; one side of the street is shaded, the other lit. The outline is in green and the overall color scheme is cool.]

Aaaaand back to the watercolors and vibrant colors.
[desc. watercolor of a person lying on their back stretched over a pillow, head turned away, from a top right view.]

Aaaaand back to the watercolors and vibrant colors.

[desc. watercolor of a person lying on their back stretched over a pillow, head turned away, from a top right view.]

About:

My name is Sharon J. Gochenour, and I am a recent graduate from MIT, natural daylighting researcher, frequent baker, writer of fiction, design aficionado, and, most relevant to this blog, (budding) illustrator. Here you will find efforts to that effect.

My other blog, where I post process posts and other bits about my life, is here. You can also buy notecards and some linoleum prints there.

My Society6 page, where you can purchase prints of most of my other work, is here.

You now can like my work on Facebook too!


IMPORTANT NOTE: It's great if you reblog illustrations from me! However, if you do so, PLEASE LEAVE A CREDIT TO ME in the text portion of the post. Illustration is an important part of my income right now, and I deserve to get credit for what I've produced. Thanks!

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