Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Contemplating the Robin's Fall

Much has been said in the media for the past couple of days about Robin Williams.  I, for one, did not know the man, only some of the characters that he played (but played well.)  My wife and I spoke tonight about the impact of his life, his loss, the demons he must have been fighting, the good he did while here, and other things.  When I was younger, my favorite movie was The Dead Poet's Society.  I watched it over and over, and felt a desire to LIVE.  It's fitting, then, that in my little sketch of Mr. Williams, it is accompanied by a poem.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Herbarium - Oleander

Recently, I spoke again to a dear friend after somewhat of a lengthy period of time in which circumstance prevented us from communicating much.  It was an insightful conversation, and I was reminded how time really cannot tarnish deep and sincere friendships.  Amongst other things, he spoke of his desire to begin journaling about the various types of vegetation in his surroundings.  We spoke about the different possibilities of layout and format.  Listening to his excitement about such an endeavor, and after doing a little research about the formats and history of herbariums, I decided to do an entry in my sketchbook of some plants that are very common in my part of the country.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Another Bird

Yesterday I went to the Riparian Preserve next to our house and was impressed with just how much wildlife was there.  A multiplicity of rabbits, but even more birds.  They are all so fascinating.  Equally interesting is the fact that birds just sing, and sing.  I love it.
Did this sketch thinking about the birds.

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...