Thursday, December 18, 2014

6 x 9 inch house portrait in pen and ink

pen and ink house portrait
 Finished yesterday, and shipped to my customer today, in time for Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

House portrait in pen and ink

House portrait in pen and ink
I did not have the chance to get a good scan of this drawing I finished a couple of days ago, so this is just a mobile phone photo (although it's low-quality, I do admit that I am impressed by how well my phone takes photos.)  This drawing is 11 x 15 inches.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

7 x 10 black walnut ink house portrait

I completed this last night around 1 a.m.  I wondered at the time: What percentage of my commissions reach completion between midnight and 2:00 a.m.?  More than half, for sure, and maybe more like 90%.

This is a 100-year-old house in Pennsylvania that belonged to the grandmother of the person who commissined it.  She said four generations of her family grew up around this home.  The photo references I was provided were not of the greatest clarity, but I think I was able to make out enough between the two photos, plus a little help from Google Earth, to capture it pretty well.
House portrait in black walnut ink

A detail to show what is always my favorite part, the trees:
detail of house portrait

Saturday, November 8, 2014

House portrait in black and white

Here is another house portrait, finished this morning. Pen and ink on smooth bristol.

House portrait 11 x 15 inches

house portrait detail

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pumpkin sculpture

I carved this for my daughter's class's Halloween party last Friday.

I brought some extra pumpkins and my pumpkin carving tools and let them hack away:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

House portrait finished today

Black walnut ink on Bristol paper, 9 x 16 inches. 


Englarged for detail:

Pumpkin horses carved

The horses I drew last week, carved today.  They are probably not going out tonight, but maybe in the next few days.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Skitter-Clack and Tilda

I just found this drawing that Erin originally gave to me a few months ago. It is a drawing of two characters from the Mice and Mystics board game.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Clubhouse drawing commission

Here's another drawing I just finished (I might be modifying it slightly if my customer spots anything she thinks needs to change.)  It's 10 x 13 on Bristol paper.  A lady I know asked me to draw a clubhouse that was built by her brothers in the 1960s, next to her family's greenhouse.  It was a challenge because the only references were three small, grainy photos, but here is the result:

 Here's a detail.  The stone wall is my favorite part.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Black walnut ink house portrait

Just finished today during my lunch break. This is black walnut ink on paper, 8 x 11.25 inches.
Black walnut ink house portrait

and a closeup:
Black walnut ink house portrait - detail

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Watermelon with teeth

I carved this at the request of my daughters' art teacher as a centerpiece for the school art show.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Plein air painting on lunch break

This is the result of several sessions of painting over at E. P. Sawyer Park during lunch. It is acrylic on panel, 10 x 16 inches.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lunch break plein air painting

This was my second day working on this during my lunch break. Had to work fast! Using acrylics.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Shawna Khalily

Last weekend I went with my family to the Mighty Kindness Hootenany down by the Ohio River.  There was a huge crowd, and it was a fine day, and there were lots of tents.  One of the people set up was an acquaintance of mine, Shawna Khalily.  I first met her a few years ago and was immediately struck by her work; it's pretty engrossing.  She creates hand-colored woodcut prints.  I photographed her with the poster she made for the event we were at:

You can't see the richness of the texture, detail, and color in this photo of her work, but you can see it better in her online gallery if you click on her name in the paragraph above.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Echo Trail landscape - acrylic on panel

Last Friday I painted near Floyds Fork, just off Echo Trail.  It was a beautiful day to be out.  The landscape there is very nice; I will definitely go back for more.

This is acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches.  Most of it was painted on site, but then I finished it when I got home with some modifications and “polishing up.”  I cannot remember the last time I completed a painting all in one day.

My neck was sunburned by the time I went home.  It was foolish of me not to bring sun block, but fortunately I was wearing long sleeves and had a ball cap, so it could have been worse.

I joked elsewhere about seeing plenty of wildlife "...and most of it had eight legs and run up my pants."  However, apart from spiders and bumble bees and lots of birds chirping, I didn't encounter much.

in progress


"You Are Allowed to Eat A Burger For Breakfast If You've Been Up All Night Fighting Crime"

 I was visiting friends last weekend when I saw this piece of art hanging in their house.  I learned that their teenage daughter, Anna, created it--a combination of hand drawn work, photography, and digital manipulation.  Besides the obvious subject matter, it is also a depiction of her and her father.  Anna kindly forwarded the digital file to me to post on my blogs.  It's not the first time I've been impressed by her work.  I am envious of her creativity.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Plein air walnut ink

This is my first time out to draw on my lunch break since the leaves were still green last year.  The busy autumn and long, cold winter had kept me in, but today it was sunny and in the upper 60s, so I decided I had to get out.

Unfortunately, it was also very windy.  After my tackle box blew over and my plastic ink tray blew away, I had to keep things closed and keep one hand on my supplies while I drew with the other.

I found a suitable group of trees as a subject over at E. P. Sawyer Park and sketched for a half hour or so using a bamboo pen and metal nib dip pen.  I think it's a decent start and I'll see how it looks after I spend a little more time filling it out at home.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pen and ink house portrait, black and white, 6 x 9 inches

I finished this drawing a couple of weeks ago, and just forgot to post about it.  This was a very nice house to draw; it has so many qualities that lend itself to a nice black and white drawing, such as contrasts in the trim, nice proportions, surrounding foliage, and a hedge-lined brick sidewalk receding dramatically to the front door.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Walnut ink house portrait

This is one I finished a couple of weeks ago. It's 11 x 15 inches, walnut ink on Bristol board.