Friday, November 10, 2017

Leafy Forest

On a recent walk, I picked up a few beech leaves and tucked them into my sketchbook. I discovered them over the weekend when I was away visiting my mother-in-law. I only had a full pencil case for a studio. So, after making coffee, I set to work making rubbings of the leaves and creating little magical forests out of them. Maybe there's a story in here somewhere.
Squirrels gathering seeds
 11-05-17a
Lost Owl
11-05-17b
Crows find a special tree
11-05-17c

Friday, November 3, 2017

Silent Forest

Most of the city was long gone. Remnants were sought out and verified by the seekers. Secrets never leave the forest. It's a good place to go if you want to have a really important conversation.
Silent Forest
mixed media
11-01-2017
detail
detail
detail

Friday, October 20, 2017

Akan bird

10-19-17b
mixed media
A Kuba sky, an Akan bird.
Me, thousands of miles away
Wonders at it all

Friday, October 13, 2017

Profligacy

I try to finish every painting I start. Some are less conclusive than others. They may suggest some idea that I'm not ready to recognize yet. Or, more likely, they are overworked and the good bits have been muffled in the clash of my mixed priorities. Such is the process of making pictures all the time. I am so fortunate to squander so freely!  Here are few outtakes that have some buried possibilities. Maybe.
Explorers
10-03-17
mixed media
Conquistador & Sacrificial Offering
09-26-17
mixed media
Moonlit Islands
09-26-17
tempera, ink
Extreme Iceberg
09-25-17
ink, watercolor, chalk
Tanker ship
09-06-17
mixed media
09-06-17
mixed media, collage
07-24-17
ink, crayon, watercolor

Friday, September 8, 2017

Crystal Cities 2014-2017 book for sale

I have designed and self-published a second collection of Crystal Cities drawings made between 2014 to today. It's available here. This paperback tome is 176 pages, full color printing on nice paper. A few poetic essays are scattered about to distract the reader. The cost is $35.00 US and it's worth every penny.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Yikes, Stripes!

The question hardly ever varies: what to paint? I stare at the open sketchbook in front of me and a fully charged watercolor brush in my hand. What is the most elemental motion? Shall I draw a representation of a thing? Shall I simply transfer the paint from the brush to the paper in the most honest and efficient way possible? And after I do that, what do I do next? I will often paint stripes. They look pretty and they reacquaint me with the colors on my palette. And then what? Is it a sampler of colors? A paint chart? And if it is just a paint chart, I could add a bird or two. Or a castle. Or some flowers. I have a crazy, self indulgent job!

08-10-17
charcoal, watercolor, ink
07-29-16
pastel, acrylic, ink
07-16-16
crayon, watercolor, ink
07-26-15
pencil, watercolor
11-16-15
watercolor
02-11-13
collage, watercolor

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Eagle Envy

the East Eagle
the West Eagle
The Eagle with Three Heads
"We have the Best Eagles!"
08-04-17c
ink, crayon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Battle

There is a battle dragging out inside me between Abstraction and Realism. I go so far with an abstract approach. This is very satisfying but in the end it leaves me hungering for something recognizable or sympathetic --hence, all the birds. Sorry. I persist though. These are from the past week or so.

07-22-17a
07-22-17b
07-24-17b
07-27-17a
07-31-17a
07-31-17b
08-01-17c

Friday, July 21, 2017

Peaceable Kingdom

The gang's all here.

"Peaceable Kingdom
07-19-17a
watercolor, ink
Owl
Nuthatch
Squirrels & Woodpeckers

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ferny Forest

In the in-between time, an owl notices you.
It lives in a funny forest with parasol trees.
Ambitious ferns, but… no.
07-09-17a
mixed media

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Washy Watercolor

I think this approach is more prevalent during the Summer: straight, simple watercolor --like a child would do.
07-01-17
08-17-07
Concert for Planet Q
fictional poster
12-26-07
03-20-08
07-06-16
07-30-10

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