Monday, August 18, 2014

Been a while

Things have been busy with me. For starters I wasn't sure I wanted to continue this blog. Somehow I began to feel the weight of it and as there were other far more pressing matters such as my mother's illness and passing that needed my attention it beame easier to not post anything as the months went by. I even went through the drastic step of removing it. My wife wasn't too happy that I did that so I decided to unremove. I'm glad I did.  Luckily, everything was still there.

So here we are again. Esther suggested we both enter paintings into the local fair. I wasn't sure but as the entry deadline approached I thought "why not". We filled out the forms, paid the entry fees and are now getting ready to work on our entries. As I am entering two this means a tight deadline (not really as I'm actually pretty fast when I get to it). Esther has it even rougher. She's doing an oil painting! The drying time!

My paintings will be mixed media since that's the category you write in when you mix pen and ink with watercolors. As you can see from the drawings and paintings posted here the work will be a bit looser that what's normally entered into these things. As I'm not entering to compete but just for the fun of it I'm hoping that the works will be enjoyed in the spirit that they were created in. I paint to enjoy myself and I'm getting back in the mood. That's always a great thing.

In the meantime here's a quick sketch I did a while back. It's a hot summer and I thought a visit to an island just might be the best thing.

Island Paradise, 10.5 x 8

Can you hear the ukuleles and seashells strumming and humming? Pen and ink with watercolor on 110lb index card stock.

As always, a word from you is always welcome.

Friday, April 11, 2014

That's a lot of paper!

While organizing the basement I looked at all the paper I'd accumulated. It's a lot of paper and I decided to take a picture of it. It's a mix of different brands of watercolor, bristol board and index card stock.

The DVD's next to the stack are there to give an idea of how much paper there is (if you zoom in you can see some of the movies and shows I like).

Every one of those sheets will end up being drawn and/or painted on.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Night Lake

I saw this scene one night, except it wasn't over a lake. Still, the moon was huge and it did rise from behind a distant mountain.

Night Lake, 6.5"x10"

This is the second painting involving the moon I've posted in a row. It must be some sort of phase I'm going through.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Moon Of The King

T-Rex is my favorite dinosaur. So I thought it would be fun to work on one.

Moon Of The King, approx 8.5" x 8.5"

I laid color over color, allowing blooms, runs and what not to occur. I mixed watercolor with white gouache, a real no-no among modern purists who work in watercolor (although guys like Sargeant, Homer and Turner were okay with it, but, then again, what did they know). After I'd painted it I went at it with black india ink and brush, going for an almost calligraphic feel.

MaimeriBlu watercolors on Canson XL watercolor paper (not bad stuff once you figure out what makes it tick).

Till the next one. Let me know what you think.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Red Hair

Work kept me away, but here we go again...

The girl was drawn quickly without reference and how the hair came to that shape I don't know. I enjoyed working on it even though I was testing some new paper I'd purchased, Bockingford Watercolor 140 lb cold press, which required a bit of a learning curve.

Red Hair, 7"x4.75"

I used only the three primary colors, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow from MaimeriBlu, plus a dash of white goauche for some stars and highlights. For some reason I can't use Cotman paints on this paper although other people have no problem with it. So, because I have many sheets of the stuff and I like it, I had to put in an order for more MaimeriBlu paints which is fine with me as the brand is excellent and I like the way it works on the paper.

I'd like to thank those who check in regularly and hope that their patience will be rewarded with the new work I'll be posting. And it's going to be on a regular schedule.

Let me know what you think.


Friday, January 3, 2014


A little bit late to say Happy New Year, but, what the heck, Happy New Year!

I've been so busy with work lately that I hardly had any time to draw for myself. Things have finally calmed down and my routine has been set so I can start drawing my own stuff on a regular basis.

Today's sketch is of an Apache. I went a little wild with the line work, applied the color liberally and had a great time. I'm sending off the original to Warren Sattler, an artist and cartoonist whose work has long been a favorite of mine.

Apache, 8.25" x 10.5"

I look forward to any comments you may have.


Thursday, November 7, 2013


Winter is starting to make itself known.

Winter, original 7.375" x 10"

I started drawing without any pre-concieved idea. One line leads to another until I had the rough pencil sketch. From there it was on to ink. I kept the colors subdued as I wanted a feeling of cold.

I think I ended up with a scene that could have fit into one of Charles Dickens books, that is if he was wont to write about a mouse.

Pen and ink with watercolor on bristol board.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Hallowe'en!

Today's picture is Witches, one of the most enduring symbols of Hallowe'en.

Witches, original 8.5" x10"

Witches are a fascinating breed of night beings. Both feared and respected for their knowledge. I suppose the most famous witch is The Wicked Witch of the West, played by the wonderful Margaret Hamilton in "The Wizard of Oz". However if you want to see the creepiest film ever made about witches you won't do better than the 1922 silent film  "Haxan", directed by Benjamin Christensen. Beautifully photographed and featuring some of the best makeup in that early era of filmmaking, it relates, in documentary form, the history of witchcraft. It's one of those films that once seen is not forgotten. Get the Criterion edition and avoid the version featuring a jazz score and William Burroughs narrating.

Pen and ink with watercolor on 110lb index card stock.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Risen Dead...not a zombie!

Reanimated corpses are a popular Hallowe'en staple, or so it's been in the last few years or so.

The Risen Dead, original 8" x 10.25"

The popular term is Zombies. I do not consider this new breed of characters to be zombies. To me, a zombie is a creature brought forth by voodoo. This new crop may be reanimated but they aren't zombies, not in the classical sense, so the term risen, walking, hungry, surfing, skating, whatever dead is a good term for them.

If you want to read zombie stories there is an excellent anthology titled "Zombie", edited by the late Peter Haining, which is definitely worth seeking out. They deal with the classical zombie and provide some insight. Good stuff.

A tidbit: If you're dealing with a classic zombie they don't eat brains and a bite from one won't cause you to turn into one of them. If you must get rid of them, letting them taste good old fashioned salt will do the trick. This will cause them to snap out of their zombie state and start digging a grave for themselves.

Pen and Ink with watercolor on 110lb index card stock.

Let me know what you think.


Monday, October 28, 2013


Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Oma, Wildman, Missing Link. Whatever it's known as, stories about Bigfoot have always been popular and fun. As a kid I used to go camping with my Boy Scout troop and I can recall that I used to wonder if one of those creatures was lurking out there in the dark. I was always happy when morning came. For that reason I've included Sasquatch as a night creature.

Bigfoot, original approx 8" x 11"

I drew this one a couple of years ago. Pen and ink and watercolor with colored pencils.

I look forward to any comments you might have.