Two: these are a couple of architectural flourishes that I took a photo of at the City Museum in St. Louis last year. I believe they are of Asian origin and they were carved from a pretty red stone material.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The leeboard for the sailing canoe. It's a clip-on, loosely based on a Phill Bolger design. It fits snugly over the gunwales, which would be awesome if I hadn't forgot that I was planning to add 1/4 inch rub rails after skinning. Place face palm here. Hopefully I can figure out a workaround that doesn't involve taking the leeboard apart and rebuilding it. It's got eight screws and a lot of Titebond III holding it together at the moment.
Lastly, I cashed in some pirate booty to order the polyester canvas for the boat this week. I need to move on to varnishing the frame in the next few days.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
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.
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.
A quick line and wash sketch before grilling dinner last night. Hotdogs from Horrmann Meat Co., my favorite locally owned butcher shop.
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
The electric pole behind my in-law's house. I just thought it'd look cool in pen and ink.
One of my Missouri Meerschaum corncob pipes.
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
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.
Chill'n by the Caveman TV is one of my favorite things in life. One channel, never gets boring.
We eat well on these car camping trips. Not healthy, but well.
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.
Up early, hoping to get on the water before the weather sets in.
Checking out the water below camp.
Morning coffee and then on the water.
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.
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
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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.
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.
Monday, August 1, 2016
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.