Thursday, May 03, 2018

From the Archives

Long, long ago I started a teaching gig at the Columbia Art Center in Columbia, Maryland. I was invited to teach a drawing class. After the agreement was reached, I got a call from the Center. I was told that they had a silk screen class ready to begin, with students, but no teacher. Would I like to do it?

How could I say no? After all, I hired screen printers for some of my graphic design projects, so I knew in general what it was. However, I had never actually done screen printing myself. I told the Art Center of my (lack of) experience. But they were convinced I could do it...

And so my teaching career began.

The classes went very well, at least for me. I learned a lot and had a great time, and I was able to produce some prints that I still like very much.

This sample was a stencil cut print. After printing several and letting them dry, I then added watercolor.

I only taught the silk screen class for a year or so, but I have been teaching painting classes ever since.

Laurel and Hardy screen print with watercolor

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Old Home Place

Rummaging around old drawings and paintings, I found this watercolor sketch of our former house. We raised a couple of amazing ladies and made a lot of memories, then we cleared out.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Call the Sheriff!

A drawing scanned from a sketchbook, colored in Adobe Illustrator. It reminds me that in junior high school I drew a comic strip called “The Sheriff of Dirt Gulch,” or something like that. Fortunately none of the evidence survives. (But I still like the name.)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Art of the Ukulele

Yes, I play a ukulele. Several of them. Along with a lot of other stringed instruments: guitar, mandolin, I even have a banjo!

Like watercolor painting, the ukulele is wonderfully portable. It is small enough to fit in the overhead container on an airplane. It looks harmless, but it is a great little tool to practice on, whether you are learning classical fingerings or blues riffs. I highly recommend getting one. (I actually have three.)

Below is a small drawing from one of my sketchbooks. I put it through my Adobe Illustrator processes: adding text, color and texture. I think it looks like me, except with even less hair.

Maybe I should start a band!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Yes, as a matter of fact, it is cold outside.

And it will be colder tomorrow!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Recovery

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Bridge Over the Gunpowder

Snow today. It took about 2 1/2 hours to get home from work. It was dark when I got home, so I can't tell if the snow looks nice. Maybe on a hot day I'll post a painting of a snow scene. But right now I would rather have warm weather.

This painting is another of the series I did on the odd paper I mentioned previously. The bridge can be found where Harford road crosses the Gunpowder river in Baltimore county.

It was warm when I was there.