Thursday, November 19, 2015

Skillet Fish in Ink and Watercolor

Skillet Fish in watercolor and pen.

No real story here. Just some fish in a cast iron skillet.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cousins in Ink and Watercolor Wash

A few years ago, we had some family pics taken down in Ozark, Missouri at my wife's aunt and uncle's house. We brought along a lemonade stand that I had built earlier in the year and also took some pics of my daughter and her cousin. This is sketched from one of the pics in that series.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

16" Ozarks Jonboat Model - Take-Apart Version

Messing with the particulars of a 16' take-apart Ozarks Jonboats. If it looks alright small, I may build the big one this winter.

I've been kicking around the idea of building an Ozarks Jonboat for a handful of years and I've had in my head that I might do it as a take-apart plywood version for probably a couple. Last night I finished up my rough model of how I might approach this. It's 16 inches long, overall, eight inches per half, one inch equals a foot. I'd build it much like I did my outrigger sailing canoe, with two transoms in the center and identical hulls on either side that bolt together in the middle. A seat would act as bracing on one transom and knees in the corners of the second or an additional 2 to 3 inch strip of ply to widen the center seat a little.

One 16' take-apart ply version of an Ozarks Jonboat. It'll bolt together at the center transoms like my outrigger canoe did. It'll also stack upright against a garage wall and ride easy in a large pickup truck bed like my friend Brian has. Now to build th

The idea here is to build something that can be poled and paddled in streams and marshy areas around river and creek mouths in our local lakes. I'd also fashion some kind of drop-in oarlocks to row it "in reverse" from the off-center seating arrangement. Normally, the seat flush with it's bow transom is the rear in paddle mode and the one with 1'6" of foot room at the other end is the front.

I'd build it as a take-apart in order to stack it against a wall of the garage and not take up 16x3 feet of garage floor. It'll probably also ride stacked in my friend Brian's Toyota Tacoma pickup bed, making it easier to get to adventurous places.

For comparison, here's the more traditional model of an Ozarks Jonboat that I built over five years ago. Built from a description on the Greene County Library website, from a backlogged magazine from the 1970s called Bittersweet. It was a local publication on folk traditions in the Ozarks. For more info.

model of an ozarks johnboat

Thursday, October 29, 2015

This Week's Watercolor and Ink Sketches

I've done a few this week. Having a lot of fun playing with Fall and Outdoors themes and thoughts.

An old jail lock in Red Oak II, Missouri, east of Carthage.

Old Jail Lock - Red Oak II, Missouri

Moose. I either found a pic online or took the original a few years ago in Hermann, Missouri on a winery tour. I've had the image a long time, meaning to draw it. Finally got around to feeling I could do it justice.


Fallen leaves in the backyard. Sketched on a lunch hour on my back porch.

Fall Leaves

Fall pumpkins. From a pic I took a couple of weeks ago at Campbell Farm, Clever, Missouri.


Friday, October 23, 2015

A couple of Ozarkian sketches. 2.0

With my daughter in theatre classes a couple of nights a week, running up to her play on Halloween, I've had more time to just hang out and sketch. We drop her off at 7pm, then pic her up again at 9pm, so what better to do than walk to a nearby coffee shop and sketch?

Red Lantern. Got my perspective a little long, here, but I like the shading.

Red Lantern

The second is from a pic I took some time back while hiking the Buffalo River Trail in Arkansas, from Boxley to Ponca. There was a spot where the trail converged with a small country lane. Luckily it was marked not to go that way.

A leaf covered country lane along the Buffalo River Trail, Arkansas, Boxley to Ponca.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A couple of Ozarkian sketches.

The first, sketched from a pic I took last year in Boxley, Arkansas. It's the Boxley Baptists Church. I once saw a very large bull elk clear the fence and go prancing across the field behind the large tree in this image. If you ever drive between Boxley and Ponca, Arkansas, you'll likely see a good size herd. They are usually grazing in the fields, but sometimes you have to drive through the lot of them, which is quite the experience.

Boxley Baptist Church, Boxley Valley, Arkansas

And some mules. I nicked the pic from somewhere online. Wish I'd taken it, but it was a relatively meh photo. Hopefully I've given it some life in sketching it.