I'm also happy to announce the arrival of "Moscow mule by the fire pit" season. Also called spring. Luckily there are two of these seasons a year.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Last summer, I was messing around with my GoPro camera and taking shots of my daughter jumping off of the diving board and into the pool. This illustration combines a pic I took of her with the selkie myth. I've had it bouncing around in my head for a couple of weeks and finally put it to paper last night.
As a side note on selkies, they can be found in two movies that I know of. One, The Secret of Roan Inish and two, Song of the Sea, an incredibly well animated film by the same people that did The Secret of Kells (also a great film).
Monday, March 21, 2016
First up, my 17' Grumman canoe leaning against the fence in my backyard. Bringing this blog back to boats just for a second.
This was sketched from a dark pic of an old dock worker smoking a cigarette. I found the image years ago, but finally got around to making him a sketch.
Yesterday, I drove out to Red Oak II, close to Carthage, Missouri and froze my butt off sketching in 40-42 degree weather and 10-15 MPH winds. It gets tough to hold a brush pen in that. This first one is of the Elmire Schoolhouse.
The boathouse and johnboat at Red Oak II
And lastly, an early eighth century T'ang Dynasty lion, sketched from a pic I took at Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, last year.
I really like working on toned paper. It's fun assessing the darks and lights and only putting them to the page.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Indigo Bunting - sketched from a pic I took while cycling last summer. We came across the downed bird out by Willard, Missouri. It had been hit by a car and was too beautiful not to eventually honor it in artwork form.
An accordion busker in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Squid in color pencil.
Puddles the Clown (Puddles Pity Party), look him up on Youtube. His work with Postmodern Jukebox is awesome and weird.
Star Lanes Bowling Alley in Carthage, Missouri
Using a wooden artist model to model robots.
Last month I picked up some rivercane bamboo along the Buffalo River, taking care to only take pieces that had already been broken off and dead. I don't want to contribute to erosion issues by taking live plants. It's probably not legal, anyway. I fashioned some rough dip India ink pens and made the following art with them.
Ghost crab, India ink and watercolor wash. Ghost crabs are native to where I grew up in SW Florida and their burrows dot the beaches.
Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas
Architectural flourishes in India ink, sketched from pics I took at the City Museum in St. Louis last year.
I like the look of the dip pens, but it takes some preparation to use the ink wisely and without mess, so I bought a standard brush pen and decided to take in my field carry sketch bag. Here are some done with it.
Masks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri
Steer cattle, SW of town.
Nathanael Greene Park
And lastly, another architectural flourish from the City Museum