Saturday, July 8, 2017


Lately, I've been drawing faces: faces in the news, faces from TV, faces from the internet, random faces.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Big Bend

I've lived in Texas for over 50 years, but I'd never been to the Big Bend area until earlier this month. The scenery was astonishingly beautiful and diverse, and I spent my time just gaping at the views rather than drawing. Once I got back home, I did a few small sketches in my journal of some of the things I saw.

Pen & ink with watercolor in a Moleskine watercolor notebook.

Pen & ink, watercolor, gel pens and markers in a Moleskine watercolor notebook.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Accordion Book

Since September of 2014, I've been drawing various small objects from around my studio in a small Moleskine accordion book. The book is finally finished, with the resulting composite of 244 drawings measuring 5 1/2" x 108 1/4". The drawings are done in pen & ink, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, and various markers and gel pens. Here's the book from cover to cover:

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mowing (and mowing, and mowing . . .)

After several years of drought, we're getting plenty of rain again. The ponds are overflowing, the pastures are green and lush, and all living things are growing as though they are trying to make up for lost time. What's good for the pastures and hayfields, however, has become the bane of my existence. I did my first mowing of the year in January, and have been struggling to keep the yards and driveway cut ever since. First it was the winter grasses and ground cover, and now it's the spring grass. Because of all the rain, I have to try to get things mowed on the rare dry days, and even then, the grass is full of moisture, and sticky, and so it clogs the mower, forcing me to stop and clear it every few yards. As soon as I get things cut, we have more rain, and the process starts all over again. Did I mention I hate mowing?

4" x 6", Pilot Penmanship EF with Platinum Carbon ink, Pentel Pocket brush pen with Platinum Carbon and Iroshizuku kiri-same inks, Derwent Inktense pencils, Faber-Castell Pitt brush pens, and Stabilo point 88 pens on 140 lb Fluid100 hot press watercolor paper, about 45 minutes.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hidden Treasure

I was making some repairs to an old shed on the property when I discovered an old flat-iron stand jammed between the shed's corrugated metal roof and the top of the wall. I had done some work on this shed a couple decades ago, but hadn't noticed the stand at the time. I wonder how long ago the stand was stuck in its hiding place, and who put it there, and why.

5" x 8", Pilot Penmanship EF with Platinum Carbon ink, Derwent watercolor pencils in Moleskine® watercolor notebook, about 30 minutes.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Guinea Nest in the Thistles

Thistle has been very invasive this spring, taking over large areas of the pastures, and forming dense forests of four-foot tall, thick-stalked, spiny plants. I was clearing an area of thistle just outside our fenced yard when I flushed what I thought was our sole remaining guineafowl. When it landed, I realized that it was the guinea that had gone missing a week earlier, and that we presumed had been killed by a raccoon. I also realized that it must have been nesting in the heavy cover of the thistle forest. A few minutes of searching led me to the nest-- 17 eggs hidden between the thick, prickly thistle stalks. While our guineas have occasionally managed a nest long enough for the keets to hatch out, predators usually get to the nest first, or get the keets soon after they hatch. My wife has had good luck incubating the guinea eggs we've found over the years, and raising the keets to adulthood, so I collected these eggs. As I write this, they are now in the incubator, and have a better chance of surviving, as does the hen, who is no longer tied to the nest.

4" x 6", Pilot Penmanship EF with Platinum Carbon ink, watercolor, on W&N cold-press watercolor paper, about 90 minutes.

I did this sketch from memory for a Postcrossing postcard that was sent to the Republic of Belarus.