Monday, February 29, 2016

Moleskine Sketching for February - 07

Wrapping up a month of pencil sketching in a tiny 5.5"x3.5" Moleskine sketchbook. I managed to do quite a bit of drawing Saturday, before falling under the weather and being mostly couch and bed bound for the remainder of the weekend. Either heavy allergies or a mother of a cold hit me Saturday evening.

First up, I saw nine deer and eleven turkey Friday morning, before work. The deer were moving too quickly and there was nowhere to pullover to sketch them, but the turkey were just milling about in a field.

11 turkey down in Galloway, this morning, before work.

Friday night, I sketched my stainless teapot/pour-over coffee water pot. It goes with the Hario V60 coffee maker in an earlier post from this month.


Saturday morning, I tried sketching animals at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Most of these are combinations of several different animals at different times, since none of them stopped moving for very long. Competition is fierce at the feeders just outside the rear windows of the visitor center. I was hoping there'd be more turkey, they often just hang out behind the building, but it was probably too late in the morning.

Sketching moving critters at Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

After the Nature Center, I moved downtown to sketch church steeples. I planned for a series of three, but had to move from my spot sketching Stone Chapel on Drury campus when a transient couple got into a cussing match about 30-40 yards from me. I knew I'd somehow get included if I didn't move, so I bailed. It was getting pretty windy, anyway. Here is the First Baptist Church on South Avenue.

First Baptist Church on South Avenue.

National Avenue Christian Church

National Avenue Christian Church

After I was chased from the parking lot across the intersection from Stone Chapel, I ended up at the Springfield Art Museum. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a statue there that I wanted to sketch. It's of a burial figure horse from the Tang Dynasty, 700AD.

Sketch of the burial figure horse at Springfield Art Museum. Tang Dynasty, 700AD. And that's it. If anyone has followed along this far, thanks for looking at my artwork. Making myself carry a small sketchbook around for a month, using the simplest of mediums to sketch in has been a lot of fun. Being very ADD, it's been pretty difficult adhering to my self-imposed restrictions. Glad I did it, though. It's been a great exercise in getting scale and perspective in order. I only managed to fill half the book, though. So I might do this again in a few months to finish it out.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Moleskine Sketching for February - 06

Plugging along in my self-imposed month-long exile to graphite pencil and Moleskine sketchbook land. This weekend was fairly productive. My wife planned a tea party for our daughter on Sunday, which gave me a "get out of Dodge, free" card. I spent the day driving and walking around parts of town, sketching. Cemeteries make great sketching spots. All of the people are quiet, whether dead or visiting, and no one messes with you. I can't say the same for downtown. That's a more edgy experience.

Friday night I managed to sketch one of my cast iron skillets. I really like the shading on this one.

Cast iron skillet

Saturday, sketched the redbud tree next door. It's been broken and tortured by several ice storms over the past ten years or so. I plan to revisit it again after it blooms, only in watercolor.

Sketching the gnarly redbud tree next door.

Sunday's sketches:

Cappuccino at The Coffee Ethic. I like sketching there due to the conflicting light sources and the overlapping shadows they cast.

Cappuccino at The Coffee Ethic

Maple Park Cemetery, off South and Grand. Sitting in the space between graves, sketching broken angels.

Sitting in the space between graves, sketching broken angels.

Another statue stone at Maple Park Cemetery.

Back to Maple Park Cemetery before calling it a day.

The "Old Calaboose" jailhouse, downtown.

The historic "Old Calaboose" jailhouse, downtown.

Today, on my lunch hour, I revisited Hazelwood Cemetery and shaded in the sketch from last week.

Revisited Hazelwood Cemetery at lunch today and had the chance to shade in last week's headstone sketch.

Not a too bad of haul for the weekend and days bookending it.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Moleskine Sketching for February - 05

More pencil sketches from the Moleskine sketchbook this week.

Coffee beans in a Mason jar.

Mason jar of coffee beans.

Vintage tiki toothpick holder

Vintage ceramic tiki toothpick holder. It usually sits on my office shelf.

A smooth stone my grandmother gave me when I was about seven or eight years old.

Sketch of a stone my grandmother gave me when I was about my daughter's age. It's supposed to predict the weather.

Plastic army men

Sketching plastic army men and humming Stan Ridgeway's "Camouflage".

A quick sketch of a headstone in Hazelwood Cemetery before work this morning.

Sketching in Hazelwood Cemetery before work this morning. Just me and the crows.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Moleskine Sketching for February - 04

Continuing my Moleskine sketchbook series. I'm having a tough time staying on task, drawing only in pencil and only from life in a 5x3 Moleskine book. ADD and singular month-long projects don't often see eye-to-eye. Anyway, here are some more sketches from this week.

Cinnamon roll

A very quick Cinnamon Roll

Vintage American Thermos Bottle Co. lunchbox

My vintage American Thermos Bottle Co. lunchbox.

I drink a lot of coffee, sometimes the lines get a little blurred and it's hard to tell where coffee ends and I begin.

Morning self portrait as coffee.

Karim Rashid "Oh Chair" in my office. A holdover from my late 20s and when I got really into modern industrial design.

Oh Chair

Nuova Simonelli Espresso Machine at Dancing Mule Coffee Co.

Nuova Simonelli Espresso Machine at Dancing Mule Coffee Co.

And lastly, my hand made waxed canvas pipe roll and Missouri Meerschaum corncob pipe. It's a Rusticob from Aristocob.

Waxed canvas pipe roll and corncob pipe.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Moleskine Sketching for February - 03

I managed to knock out a few sketches over the weekend. We also participated in the Family Day events at Springfield Art Museum. My seven-year-old daughter got to try her hand at making Pop Art and drawing a Still Life with me.





Probat Coffee Roaster at Coffee Ethic

Probat roaster at Coffee Ethic

A lamp on Springfield town square.

Street lamp on the town square.

Old caretaker's cottage at Maple Park Cemetery. Got pretty chilly on this one. With temps in the low to mid 40s and a steady breeze, I couldn't feel my fingers.

Cold and sketching in Maple Park Cemetery.

Small wooden artist model.

Wooden artist model

Here are our two family still life illustrations, done from the "draw your own still life" setup at Springfield Art Museum. We left them in their sketchbooks. Mine might be a little more technical in execution, but my daughter's is better, overall. She really put a lot of thought into it. I was proud of her effort.

My 7-yr-old daughter's version of the still life. :)

One more of this still life.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Moleskine Sketching for February - 02

This week's sketches. Trying my best to fill this book by the end of the month. It's got a lot of pages.

Ball-peen Hammer, the one I recently restored from a rusty nasty mess of a thing.

Ball-peen hammer



Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!





Hario V60 Pour-Over Coffee Dripper

Hario V60 Coffee Dripper and Mason Jar.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Moleskine Sketching for February - 01

For the month of February or until I run out of pages in the tiny 5x3 Moleskine sketchbook I bought over the weekend, I plan to draw only in pencil and only from objects and places found in life, not from photographs. I'm trying to take things back to basics for a little bit, just as an exercise in scaling objects correctly and learning to work faster with more feeling.

Here's what I've got so far:

A yard gnome that I painted for my wife several years ago, around Mothers Day.

Moleskine Sketching - Yard Gnome

My Buck "Deuce" pocketknife.

Moleskine Sketching - Buck "Deuce" Pocketknife

Sitting in Legacy Bagelry.

Moleskine Sketching at Legacy Bagelry

Lunchtime sketching at Dancing Mule Coffee Co.

Lunchtime sketching at Dancing Mule Coffee Co

Lunchtime sketching at Dancing Mule Coffee Co

I've not made myself practice anything specific since the early 1990s and college. So, this should be pretty fun.