Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Tribute to a Fallen Bit of Pretty

Dead indigo bunting. I found him while cycling outside Willard, Missouri last summer. He hadn't been there long. He was too pretty not to honor him with a painting.

Back in March, I sketched an indigo bunting that I'd found recently killed by an automotive impact, while out cycling close to Willard, Missouri. Sadly, the bunting gets a companion piece - a sparrow, found outside the large first floor plate glass windows of my office building.

Sparrow

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Artemis / Diana Statue Sketch at Nathanael Greene Park

Initial pencil sketch of this Artemis statue at Nathanael Greene Park. I ran out of time.

Sunday, I had some free time and drove around looking for things to sketch. After killing some gas outside of town, I fell back on sketching at one of the nicest, if not THEE nicest, park(s) in town, Nathanael Greene Park. I managed to get a large part of the initial pencil sketch done before having to run home for dinner. I finished up the illustration this morning before work.

I finished up the Artemis statue sketch I started Sunday at Nathanael Greene Park.

I also did this quick miniature bell pepper watercolor sketch on Saturday. I had just picked them up at the farmer's market half an hour before.

Sketching miniature bell peppers from Mockingbird Gardens at the farmers market.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Sail MO" Stockton Lake Messabout 2016

The Sail MO Stockton Lake Messabout was last weekend. We had a decent turnout with some new and old faces alike. I camped out Friday and Saturday nights, my wife and daughter coming up for the day on Saturday. We paddled around and played in the water between an occasional bit of rain and lightning.

It was hot, buggy and humid, but fun. I did get a little overheated Sunday morning, though, and called it to head home a little early.

Over the weekend, I saw a couple of hummingbirds out over the water, a handful of night herons, a goldfinch, and heard a couple different owls in the night, one of which was a barred owl (Who cooks for you?). I also woke to the sounds of what I'm assuming to be a pileated woodpecker, since the knocking was so heavy and slow. They're neat birds, about the size of a small crow. When you see one at work, the wood chips fly like mad.

Friday evening, just after arriving.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Not a bad way to watch the sun go down.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Dinner - an Irish cheddar, dry salami, Wheat Thins and a Moscow Mule

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Sunup, Saturday.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

A quick sketch before driving back to Springfield to get the girls.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Playing in the water.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Frank B. brought an odd but interesting little folding boat.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Nathan O. brought this great stripper canoe.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

My three skin boats - a Kidyak kayak, a Chuckanut 12 kayak and a Lanui SUP by Dave Gentry or gentrycustomboats.com.

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Small boats at rest.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Gene B.'s grandson paddles his canoe around on Sunday morning.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Again, a great time. We'll be back up there September 23-25.

Random Recent Artwork

I haven't been doing quite as much artwork lately. Been too busy working on the canoe or just keeping my household happy and fed. But here are a couple of commissioned pieces and one just for grins. In order of appearance and the way they were sketched, a turkey hunt in watercolor, a bicycle in ink and gel pen and some crappie in watercolor.

A commissioned watercolor piece for a work client.

Another commissioned sketch

crappie

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Slice of Americana

Picking peaches

Over the July 4th weekend, we did a myriad of things. One of the most fun things we did, was to drive 20 minutes north to Brighton, MO to pick peaches as at a little orchard up that way. We originally planned to pick blueberries a little closer to springfield, but the picking hours for that orchard and farm were over pretty early in the morning and we missed it due to breakfast.

Picking peaches

My daughter and I baked a peach pie from scratch and I also sketched one of the peaches for grins.

Peach pie

Peach pie

When life gives you peaches or you blow $12 on a bucket of them, make a pie and bust out the watercolors.