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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Insect Garden

Another lazy Saturday has found me with the options of either listening to all the innumerable talking heads spewing their rhetoric about how diabolical any political candidate currently is, or, enjoying a few hours of peace sketching and painting something that has nothing to do with any of that....consequently, I chose the later.
Inspired by the amazing work of Felicita Sala, I decided to do something a little simpler, and painting a bunch of different things and then cutting them out to add them to one composition.

Enjoy this little insect garden....done with gouache and a hint of prismacolor here and there.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Deep Sea Diver

Lately I have been pondering the word DEEPEN...and the phrase "deepen your discipleship."  This phrase is useful in various aspects of ones life, I suppose.  Nonetheless, I came across an old photo of a deep sea diver that I really liked, and decided to play around with it.
I started with a quick sketch:

Then finished up the pen and ink work:

I then antiqued it with my favorite mix of chicory brew in cooked it in the oven a bit:

Then I did a few highlights with gouache and some prismacolor, and created a little more subtle background for the finish:

The scan came out a little blurry in some spots, but I'm happy with the way the final piece turned out. It will go nicely by my aquarium.

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: