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Saturday, June 25, 2016


My daughter is currently serving a mission for our church in Nashville, TN.  In her multiple interactions with many people, she came across a fellow that lives up in Clarksville that likes to get artsy, and so she volunteered me to do a collaborative sketchbook swap with the gentleman. Here's a pic of this fellow with my daughter and her missionary companion.
I don't know much about this gentleman, actually, nothing at all...yet, he's wearing a Star Wars t-shirt so it goes without saying that he has a finely tuned sense of judgement and integrity.  So, this weekend I bought the book that we'll be shipping back and forth and made my first entry.  Here's how it came out.  I'm interested to see just what he puts in it next....good times.  

Monday, May 30, 2016

Stony Heart Transformation

This weekend I have been pondering over my own need to soften my heart, to seek after continued change and growth, and how easy it is, if not watchful, to become calloused and crass, even under the pretense that such a departure from vulnerability and feeling is justified.  So, I got another can, and decided to play around with the whole "stony heart" vs. " heart of flesh" idea.  I started with an old sardine can because I liked the shape.  
Then, I started the heart on the inside of the can.  
Then, for a gentle background, I inserted some text which has become deeply meaningful to me which reminds me of the characteristics indicative of one with a soft heart.
Then, to finish, I added the painting of the stone, to suggest a peeling away or a departure from it, and framed it with a little color, and a scriptural reference to that hopeful promise in Ezekiel.  Not sure if I'm done with this one yet, but I enjoyed the start.  

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fatty Potter Revisited

Last Saturday, I posted a quick pen and ink sketch of a 1930's mugshot...but as I kept looking at it off and on this past week, it just wasn't sitting right, seemed too flat and, this morning, I decided to antique the paper in the oven with tea bags and chicory brew to give it a little more color.  Then I went in with a faint watercolor and gouache to put in some more tone here and there.  To finish, a little white prisms color highlight here and there.  Hopefully, Mr. Fatty Potter, the now notorious thief, would be more approving...wherever he is.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mr. Fatty Potter

One of the things that I like to do when I run out of creative juices, is to scour over pictures of vintage mug shots and just start sketching the folks that had the unfortunate opportunity to be saved in the annals of mugshot history.  This morning I found this very dapper young man nicknamed Fatty Potter, from the 1930's and decided to have a go at some cross hatching and sketchy poo.  Here is the result.  I don't know what I like more about this fella, the fact that he's got some nice swirls in the hair or the that his nickname was "Fatty!"   Reminds me of the ol' Morrissy song..."You're the one for me, Fatty"  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Playing with my Food

Tonight, after being inspired by just how beautiful a good sardine is, I decided to try drawing my food.  I've seen more and more people starting to sketch what they eat, or don't eat, if they're using their doodles as propoganda...but I haven't really dabbled much into sketching edibles.  So, tonight I gave it a whirl.  There's nothing better than a well prepared sardine, or any fish, for that matter. When I bust any of them open in my house, however, I'm promptly excused to the back of the house, or banned from using the kitchen till everyone is gone since the Mrs. doesn't care for the smell.  Her loss, my gain. Here's pre and post the addition of color to the drawing:

Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Donald

So, I'm not going to add my voice to the myriads of pundits that pontificate on politics day in and day out.  There is plenty of that to be found with a few key-strokes here and there.  However, I did take some time today to sketch out some caricatures, like back I did a few years ago.  I tried to get the Orange OOMPA LOOMPA like color that we have seen from the Donald on so many of the debates, but don't know if I succeeded.


Sunday, April 03, 2016

A Little Butterfly for my Spouse

The other day, Cheristy said, "when are you going to do something that I like?"  So, hoping to avoid the walk of shame, I asked her what she wanted.  She said a yellow butterfly on a pink or red flower.  So, I knocked this out this weekend.  However, it looks like I'll be going back to the drawing board, because as I showed her the finished product she said, "that's nice, but I'm not so sure about the purple, we don't have any purple in the house to match it with."  So, I have a few options.  1. I can tell her I used purple to convey how calm and peaceful she makes me feel when she's around, (and hear her ask me what I've been drinking.) or 2. Crank up the photoshop. 3. Head over to Sherwin Williams to repaint the den as colorful as a bad Prince movie from the 80's. Oh well, it was a good attempt.