Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cigar Box Plein Air Pochade Box

I am currently working on a pochade box for painting watercolor work in the field. I've been enjoying doing more sketches in a live setting and need to iron out my setup some more. I'm hoping this helps out a bit. I picked up the cigar box a couple months ago from Just For Him tobacco shop and I've had the tripod since I bought a DSLR camera off of a friend last year. I need to make a few minor adjustments to the lid, add in some compartment walls, a tray of pigments and for mixing colors and I'm good to go.

Aside from the 1/4 - 20 receiver nut I fixed to the bottom of the box, I also added four corner risers to use the box as a table top easel.

Working on a cigar box watercolor sketching pochade for doing more plein air work.

Sketches

I had to dodge a horde of Pokemon Go players to sketch this one. There were hundreds wandering through all the good sketching areas of Nathanael Greene Park, luckily I found one little secluded area that didn't look like bees moving over a hive.

Pond sketch, Nathanael Greene Park.

Ramping up for a month of sketching people in figure, portrait and environment form, I plan to only draw or paint things with people present for September. It'll be a month of study like I did back in February when I only sketched in pencil for a whole month and only in a small Moleskine 3x5 sketchbook. Here are some sketches I did of old duded and salts, from photos I nicked off the internet.

Spent the last 1:45 sketching old dudes and salts. Working up to a month of figure and portrait sketching in September.

A quick line and wash sketch before grilling dinner last night. Hotdogs from Horrmann Meat Co., my favorite locally owned butcher shop.

Horrmann Hotdogs

The Virgin Mary, from a pic of a statue I took at a Catholic Church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, earlier this year.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sketches

A quickly done sketch of myself on a hiking trip last winter in the Erbie, Arkansas area. Parker-Hickman Homestead barns in the background.

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The electric pole behind my in-law's house. I just thought it'd look cool in pen and ink.

A quick sketch of the electric pole behind my in-law's house. I've kicked around sketching it for a couple of years, finally took ten minutes and did so.

One of my Missouri Meerschaum corncob pipes.

Cob pipe

And lastly, last night I did a quick sketch of my daughter twirling to test out some video editting apps on my iPhone.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Camp and Kayak on Stockton Lake

I should really title this one, "Well, We Tried." Due to a long string of thunder storms that stacked up NW of Stockton and just kept plowing their way across the area Saturday, we had to cut our fishing plans pretty short.

Friday, Brian D. met me at my house after work. We loaded his truck with gear and headed an hour up the road to Stockton Lake State Park to eat steaks cooked over an open fire and detox from family life for a short time. He and I both have very busy family schedules and we have to plan these outings pretty well in advance. Our original plan involved the whole weekend and a generous helping of stupidity and adventure, but that'll have to wait for another weekend, as Brian had a work engagement pop up on Sunday.

Got to test out my Eureka Solitaire's coffin-like accommodations once again. It's a small, but very light and capable tent. Would be perfect for doing more primitive backpacking and overnight trips in a kayak or canoe.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Chill'n by the Caveman TV is one of my favorite things in life. One channel, never gets boring.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

We eat well on these car camping trips. Not healthy, but well.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

We had a couple of armadillos come into camp about 10pm. One decided to take a dust bath in an ash pile on the edge of the woods.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Up early, hoping to get on the water before the weather sets in.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Checking out the water below camp.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Raccoon signs.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Morning coffee and then on the water.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

We paddled and fished for maybe an hour and half before the rain started falling and the lightning got too close for comfort, but we each caught a few small bass and sunfish.

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

Camping and kayak fishin on Stockton Lake, August 5-6, 2016

After breaking camp, we headed over to Orleans Trail Marina for some lunch, hoping to wait out the storms. It didn't work out, though. We did get to see a covey of about 15 quail cross the road in front of us. We had to stop to let them pass without pasting them. I haven't seen a covey like that in years.

A fun little trip.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sailing Canoe Mast Step and Partner Mockup

Just what the title says, yesterday, I drug out the canoe, leveled it off in the driveway and clamped in the mast step. The mast partner has already been lashed in. I mocked all this up in pencil form some time ago, but it's good to go ahead and check things out in 3D. Initially, I thought I might have too much rake in the mast, but i think I'm just going to leave it there. I have a 45sq lateen sail and spars to slap on it the next time I drag it out.

Mast step and partner mockup.

Mast step and partner mockup.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

trade: exchange something for something else, typically as a commercial transaction

Thanks Todd!

Following in the footsteps of a friend of mine who is a much more accomplished and prolific artist than myself, the illustrious Paige Davidson in Gainesville, TX, I have been doing a lot of art as a form of trade. It's been a fun exercise and rather than just receive money, which is fine, but completely boring and void of soul, I usually end up with an interesting artistic or technical item or donation to a cause that is much more personal in nature and everyone involved gets to feel good about the transaction.

terraPin Prime pinhole camera. Designed and built by Flickr friend Todd Schlemmer.

I recently received a very cool 3D printed pinhole camera by an internet friend out in the Pacific NW. It's of his own design and construction, called the terraPin Prime. It shoots 120 medium format film and I just so happen to have a few rolls left from back when I was running around SW Missouri with a Holga Chinese plastic camera, shooting moody imperfect square images long before the likes of Instagram or Hipstamatic ever surfaced. In trade, I have sketched Todd's gift camera and I'll be sending the illustration to him in the next couple of days. It's pen and ink with gel pen on grey-toned paper.

terraPin Prime pinhole camera in ink and gel pen on toned paper

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sailing Canoe Build Update

Floorboards are in, on to the sailing parts.

I lashed the canoe's breasthooks on last week, those flat bits at each end. Over the weekend, I managed to get the floorboards in. Hoping to punch a hole in the mast partner and fashion the mast step in the next few days, but we'll see. My wife already has much of my week planned for me.

Floorboards are in, on to the sailing parts.