Elizabeth Armstrong Hall

Writer & Writing Coach for Kids & Teens

Why I Draw

I started learning how to draw about seven years ago after I found my perfect teacher, Bristow, Virginia artist Michele Frantz.

Why do I draw? As a writer, I find that drawing helps me think -- and write -- visually. Since I'm still in the learning mode, I prefer colored pencils.

I drew this strawberry pie for a Power Point-based paper I presented on "Strawberry Pie and Community Memory" at the 2006 National Popular Culture Association conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Using Image Tricks software, I experimented with the palette (saturation, tone and contrast) to create a range of pie "moods."

A Sampling

Appleseeds, April 2012

Author Alexandra Horowitz (Inside of a Dog") explains how dogs communicate with people and other dogs.
Appleseeds, November-December 2011

The story of Confederate spy Rose Greenhow through the eyes of her daughter, "Little Rose"
Hemispheresmagazine.com, April 2010

A 95-pound beaver escapes from a beaver sanctuary in Devon, U.K. and eludes his would-be captors

Highlights for Children, September 2009

The making of the "Giant's Head" at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, U.K.

Boston Globe, November 23, 2008

How two Airedales flew from Chicago to London without a hitch

Christian Science Monitor, November 7, 2008

By the time I mastered the roundabouts, it was time to return to the U.S.

Prentice-Hall Press, 1991
(c)1991 by Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong and David Armstrong.

An illustrated history of American health reformers and crusaders

Chronicle Books, 1979
(c)1979 by Elizabeth Metzger

Morning munchies in 1970s-era California and eastern Nevada

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Gentle Giant (colored pencil and pastel)

The past haunts the present. What's the message here?

Original Pie Sketch

Overcooked Pie

Plastic Pie

Night Pie