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Life Paintings 2002-2012

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This is a collection of some of my favorite nude sketches primarily from life drawing groups, in particular my Wednesday night group.  The one exception is a seven hour pastel drawing done from life (yup, my model and dear friend stayed in the bathtub for two sessions of four and three hours!).  The sizes of paper and board vary from  12″ x 12″ to 22″ x 30″.  It is available from


Comrades: Apples and Trees

My mom sent this to me for my birthday, which isn’t until the sixth of September, so I was quite surprised to get the envelope today, and even more surprised to open it.  My mom always says we didn’t get our artistic talents from her, but she’s wrong.  What is it they say about apples falling close to the tree?

Vi’s Birthday Drawing, colored pencils on heavy sketchbook paper, 2012, by Ruby Colleen Lubischer.

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espresso cups and pots-linocut reduction prints

Espresso cups and pot:  Linocut reduction prints, five colors, one block (which gets completely decimated by the final print) , Intaglio inks on rice paper, June 2012

There are actually 38 signed cups in six colors and 11 signed pots–I’m not sure I got them all photographed here.



Anna before drawing

We arrived early to drawing last night, so Anna sat and read while I drew her. 9 Mar 2011, sketchbook paper, micron pen, water soluble colored pencils, watercolor wash, 8″ x 10″.


nude sketches, 6-12 minutes, 9 MAR 2011

micron pen sketches, some on sketchbook paper and some on watercolor paper…..all between 5″ x 7″ and 8 ” x 10″, 9 March 2011 at life drawing last night. All the poses are either 6, 10 or 12 minutes long.


Reduction prints–Self Portraits in process

I haven’t done a self portrait since I was receiving chemotherapy treatments in 2007…so I made up for it today when I began an experiment: 34 (well, thirty, I’ve already lost four in the process) reduction print experiments. I’ve never done this before, but have been looking at reduction prints by Picasso where he uses one block, reducing it after each print of between 3-6 colors, finishing with some pretty damn exquisite work. So, I spent the whole day and after the third and fourth colors my lino block broke in half, but I continued on. I have the remnants —determined to use only ONE block– and tomorrow I intend to finish. The papers are things I had around, everything from gently colored pastel papers to hot and cold press watercolor paper, sketchbook paper and vellum. THe inks were a gift from my printmaking friend Sarah, and I don’t know enough about them yet to say much other than this: I love how they feel under the brayer and working with adding the caramel colored one to the colored ones…so much different than the little tubes of toothpasty consistency I had once purchased and never used. This is fun, and intense. At this point I can work on each one, experimenting on what can work,,,As a painter, I never have more than the one piece I’m working on, so this is really interesting. If I get one or two I like by the time I’m finished, I’ll be more than satisfied.

viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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