Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mad Hatter

Got a new hat today....decided to do a quick selfie and study in gouache in the sketchbook.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


We have the best dog in the world, except for when she is the worst.  When back in Georgia we acquired a lovely little Beagle puppy and we fast fell in love.  Until, of course, we realized that she has no self control when it comes to food, and a bladder the size of her brain...(both can be measured in millimeters.)  Last night, after being scolded by the wife for sharing a bit of my snack with her...I decided to do a little sketch of our beloved little beagle, Sadie.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Point, and other stuff

Recently, my family returned to Utah for a brief vacation and to see family.  While there, we went to Thanksgiving Point Gardens which were rather breathtaking.  I took many photos of the flowers, which were really quite spectacular.  Upon returning, I sketched the following, trying to capture a handful of the images that were left in my mind from the trip:

Also, while there, a visit to my wife's father's house afforded me a few minutes to sketch a beautiful tree that they had in their back yard with a swing on it.  This tree has seen many grandchildren spend many hours swinging underneath the brawny, black limbs next to their swimming pool.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Recently we moved here to Arizona, and I am still getting used to the lack of lush foliage and greenery.  I'm not complaining, rather, am simply acknowledging that ti will take time to acclimate to the different environment.  Today I started doodling in the ol' sketchbook of joy, and this is what came out...maybe a little of the longing for the gardens of Georgia...


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Warped Selfies

One of the things that me and the kids love to do when we are bored is to take the digital camera and catch pics of each other with the strange lenses that warp reality.  We've come up with a few great moments.  I noticed while flipping through the sketchbook, that I hadn't posted a couple of the sketches that I did of two pics that we took and laughed at repeatedly.  One is a selfie of me...the other of my daughter.  I'll let you decide which is which.

A couple of other quickies that I haven't posted yet....

I noticed that I had a couple of other entries from the past month that I haven't posted yet from my sketchbook.  Enjoy.....

Recently, I listened again to a talk given by Elder Holland to the members of my church a little while ago.  It was particularly timely, since people seem to so quickly freak out when things don't go exactly the way that they would like.  I sketched this one while listening to that talk....

I knocked this out shortly after arriving in Arizona a couple of months ago, and recognizing a noted temperature change from whence I came....

This one was done a few weeks ago after going to the Desert Botanical Garden...fell in love with this little flower growing next to a cactus.

Bird on a Wire

Father's Day is tomorrow, and I spent my day lounging around with the brush and pen in Father's Day present ever...just to be able to paint, listening to music, without any other worries for a few hours: