Friday, November 23, 2018

Turkey Trot

Looking through old pictures, I found a mixed media turkey. Since we are still eating left-overs from this year's Thanksgiving I thought I would post this one. This started as a drawing that I silk screened with black acrylic ink. After it was dry, I added watercolor. Note the dance steps at the bottom.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey drawing, silk screen and watercolor

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Rain Barrel

Summer time, collecting the rain. Seems like a great idea! The rain runs off the rooftop, collecting in the barrel. Ready for distribution on the vegetable garden.

This is another painting done on the mystery paper I mentioned in previous posts.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Grasshopper

grasshopper
Summer is coming, and grasshoppers will soon be here.
When I was a young lad, our family had a cat who went by the name of Tiger George.
Tiger loved to stalk grasshoppers. And sometimes he would catch them...and eat them. I preferred peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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!