Iris 2014

Having so much time these days I’m sure you find yourselves looking into the past. Whether through your memories or through digital files, and sometimes we stumble upon something we had forgotten. Such is what happened with this drawing from 2014. Greg Betza ©2020

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The call that never came

Back in 2012 I was called for jury duty for the first and only time. Of course looking back on rooms full of people waiting to be called on to fulfill their civic obligation, it makes you wonder how this process will change post COVID-19. Anyway…I sat there for 3 days, watching TV and making […]

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From real life

I’ve been drawing a lot during virtual figure drawing sessions lately. It’s been a way to keep busy or “sharp” during the quarantine. It’s been great, but honestly, nothing beats drawing from “real” life. Here is a drawing made from a non-quarantine drawing session (amazing that that is now a distinction) a few years ago. […]

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Grand Junction

Last August my family and I spent a week in Grand Junction Colorado. I had never heard of the place, and though I had an idea of what Colorado would be like, Grand Junction did not fit what I had in mind. It is much more “Utah”, much more desert and what you may think […]

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Zoom

Sometimes something positive comes from something negative. Along with everyone else, artists are also unable to get together…and yes, artists do get together quite often for various reasons, and one of them is to draw from the figure. Live figure drawing had been all but erased from the planet until some very industrious people decided […]

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Q-House Plant

The “Q” stands for quarantine, a word that we all hear far too often these strange days. Feeling a bit stagnant and honestly a bit sad this morning I decided to just draw, to get out of this temporary funk I’m feeling. I’m happy to report I’m feeling much better as I worked to find […]

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New season

Spring is upon us…and I’m sure I speak for you all when I say it feels quite different this year. Instead of bursting out of our homes to enjoy the warmer weather, blossoming plants and blooming flowers, we’re shut in, afraid to breathe the fresh air, especially if anyone is within 6 feet of that […]

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Old flowers

  I worked on a project a few years ago that required me to paint hundreds of watercolor flowers. With watercolor the unpredictable medium that it is, some end up more appealing than others. This pair was one that I thought turned out pretty well. Greg Betza ©2020

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Huck Sketch

I had forgotten about this sketch I did for Random House a few years back. It was for the cover of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a very thrilling assignment to receive. It was an honor to illustrate such an important piece of literature. To see the final cover click here. Greg Betza ©2020

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More jazz

blue nile club NOLA

As I club-hopped down Frenchman Street in New Orleans I stopped in a half empty club called the Blue Nile, which quickly filled up once this brass/percussion band hit the stage. I believe there were 7 musicians up there at once. Lots of energy. I was interested in the blue and yellow lights for some reason, […]

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