Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Moon with Cigarette and Star

Micron pen. A different Moon and Star pic--this one for the Sketchbook Project.

Moon and Star

Prismacolor pencil on watercolor paper. A piece done for an example awhile back--and me trying out Prismacolor pencils in a new way.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Maid's Tantrum

Watercolor and pen & ink. A little sketch for the Sketchbook Project. Trying to balance out the cigarette theme with a few more about coffee. But the maid does smoke. The paper in the sketchbook isn't great for watercolor (or much else) so will paste this one in.

Friday, December 3, 2010

From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Detail of the March Hare

Been looking the story over quite a bit. There are many incredible characters in the book so it was hard to decide which ones to represent. With a lot of input from my family, I decided on these for the first series at least. May have to do more, but that decision's for later after these are finished. Will post them in stages as they progress.

A couple more "Alice" series details

A Card Man painting rose bushes and The Caterpillar. These are just details of each. The complete works will be 4" x 6", in full color.

Details of two prelim pics from an "Alice" series

"Alice" and "Mad Hatter" bits. Working on a series of illustrations from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. These are brush and ink prelims. The finished pieces will be in watercolor. Am pretty rusty with the watercolor, as it's been over a year since I've used them.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A couple new saint paintings

St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, acrylic on cradled hardboard, 6" x 18", private collection. Had been wanting to do a larger Saint Francis with more birds since the smaller St. Francis sold. One of the biggest paintings I've ever done. Guess it's time to work even bigger--maybe. I'm not so in love with doing big paintings just for the sake of sales, or because people keep insisting I should.

Our Lady of the Snows, acrylic on wrapped canvas, 4" x 12", private collection. A friend came into the studio the other day asking if I'd ever painted St. Mary. Years ago I did a few in oils. This one's much looser, and while the talk is always that warm paintings outsell cool paintings, I'm liking this cool blue.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Acanthus Clock

Acanthus Clock. Mixed media, private collection. This amazing clock case was made in the 40's from sawdust and glue pressed into a mold. It was a burned out electric that I found in a shite store.

The original face was completely corroded so I painted the new one in watercolor, with pen and ink detail. The acanthus design on the case is one of my favorite motifs.

The clock is heavy and stands approximately 81/2 inches tall and 7 inches wide. It works now, finished in time for the Holiday show.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sketches for the Sketchbook Project

Been drawing quite a bit in the sketchbook. My subject is Coffee and Cigarettes, but the coffee isn't happening as often as the cigarettes. Goofy creatures and cigarettes--I don't know

Friday, October 29, 2010

A couple ogres

Slopping Coffee.
Acrylic on canvas,
6" x 6", private collection.

Ogre pics-the pen and ink one came first, drawn for the Sketchbook Project (hence the coffee and the cigarette). The painting came later. They both came from a little pencil sketch I found in one of my old sketchbooks from the 1990s, and reinvented. Liking painting on the deep canvases, but struggle more than I expected with continuing the painting onto all sides.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

GreenGuy and Bird, Moon visits Bird, SquashMan

Both in private collections.

Playing with color, working on small canvases, and allowing the image to wrap around. These pics have been sliding around inside my head off and on for the past week, and I just needed a simple approach to get them out of there and onto a surface.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Evil Fish Floats Over the Black Waters

Evil Fish Floats Over the Black Waters. Mixed media on wood. Private collection. Saw some cool wooden waves for a stage set in the movie, Baron Munchausen, that were moved back and forth by stagehands.  What a great effect!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Three Works on Wood

Each in private collections. Three works inspired by a great artist, Kevin Beehner, who posted some of his remarkable works on wood panels. The process was one I couldn't resist trying out. I don't know what Kevin uses, but I used acrylic paint and micron pens, and some charcoal. I love the penwork of W. Heath Robinson and the comic characters of Lyonel Feininger. Some of their influence is here as well.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some random sketches that sort of led to the pic on the previous post.
Acrylic, charcoal, marker.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The King of Scary

The King of Scary. Mixed media on wood block, approx 3" x 4 1/2". Worked all day on new approaches to acrylic. Finally listened to Fiege's advice to "just play" and went at a board with a charcoal pencil, spray fixative, acrylic paint, and my fingers. A friend of the family gave me some old World War II ration coupon books, and one of them was falling apart. It seemed right to stick some of the coupons on.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Prophesy

The Prophesy. Acrylic, 12" x 4", private collection. Finished I'm thinking, only going to wait for a few days before the varnish coat, as it may need some work. It doesn't look all that different from the previous post, but the bird and the littlest guy got painted, along with many glaze strokes and drybrushed areas.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Prophesy (in progress)

Acrylic on canvas,12" x 4". The larger painting is progressing pretty well. Don't have a specific look in mind for the finish, just assume it will unfold as I go. Hope to post the finished pic soon.

Prophesy (sketches)

A couple of tiny thinking sketches that eventually turned into a larger painting. Had no idea what I was working at--just was drawing and these came out and seemed worth exploring. Micron pen and prismacolor, each approx. 3" x 1".

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Step 5: One drying, one finished.

Hard to tell at first glance, but these are two different birds from the same molds, carved and textured in different ways. The first one's drying, the second (my test run) is finished and glaze fired. A two part mold is a simple process, but I'm still working out some problems.

Step 4: The finished mold

The molds with the original bird halves removed. On my lawn.

Step 3: The plaster

Dumped plaster on top of the bird and filled the mold. The second pic shows the walls removed and the mold flipped over. Got an imperfect pour as some plaster leaked under the bird.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Step two: bird casting sequence

One half of the bird in the casting box, ready for a drowning in plaster.

Step one: Bird casting sequence

A clay bird I made for casting (split in half). Wanted it to be simple so I can mess with each casting and make them all different.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mr. Yellowstripes and the Fish, Mr. Yellowstripes and the Bird (diptych)

Mr. Yellowstripes diptych. Acrylic on deep wrapped canvases, each 4" x 12", private collection. Last year happened to see an amazing pottery vase from the 60's (Scandanavian maybe?) with stick-like ladies and animals painted on it. Then Mr. Yellowstripes sort of drew himself out on these canvases last week--so I know (sort of) where he came from. I adopted a color scheme I found in a book of mid-century posters.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hatching an Egg and Walking the Eggs

Couple of Eggman paintings. Both acrylic on board. As a kid I was fanatic about drawing little eggmen--sometimes giant sheets of paper filled with them-- making war, riding rides (and falling out of the rollercoaster) at the amusement park, being terrorized by monsters, etc. They seem to need attention again.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Crucifixion Study

Acrylic, 6" x 12". Private collection.  A study made for the Brown Robe Benefit Auction 2010, this year's fund raising event for The Capuchin Province of Mid-America.


Acrylic, 4" x 6". A piece with lots of layers and glazes.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cooking Lunch, Cooking Dinner, and preliminary sketch

A prelim from my sketchbook that turned into a couple of acrylics. The one with the clock is Cooking Lunch, and it's 3" x 4 1/2" and painted on a wood panel. The other is 6" x 12", painted on canvas.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Evening Discussion

Acrylic, 31/2" x 4". Private collection. Sketched this tree outside a restaurant in Phoenix this past spring, and knew at the time it would eventually show up in at least one painting. This pic is part of a series of (very) small works on wood blocks.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mod Circle and Goat Paperweights/Tiles

Been working on a variety of mid-century style pottery papaerweights. They have a hanging slot at the back. The sketches were done awhile ago, and I made the paperweights and cast them in plaster. I'm using a couple of different white clay bodies in the molds and have them glazed in different colors.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Quizzical Bird

Clay, with a Cushing Green glaze, approx. 5" x 5" x 5" Private collection. This little guy is one of my favorites. Looking at him is making me want to do some more right away.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ebenezer's Clock

Re-purposed antique clock case with painted face. Acrylic on canvas, face approx 5" in diameter. Private collection.

A take on Marley's ghost, with his face appearing on Scrooge's clock instead of the door knocker (with apologies to Charles Dickens).

Friday, May 21, 2010

Three practice faces on wood discs--searching for the right image/style/technique to use on this amazing metal clock face. The numeral design is classic! The (electric, I'm guessing) clock was in pieces when I found it, but luckily had the face and an intact crystal. Used a linear technique with the final face--an approach I often use with watercolor. All in private collections.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Raven

Acrylic on canvas, 6" x 12". Private collection. Saw a raven in my neighborhood for the first time. Thinking it got blown off course--don't think they like this elevation much. It was huge, and just watched me from the tip of a pine until it got bored and flew down the alley. I wasn't bored--it was beautiful.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Little House with a Red Curtain

Acrylic on Canvas, 5" x 7". Private collection. I saw a few paintings on a vacation awhile ago which got me excited about the idea of portraits of houses. I've been photographing houses for quite some time--collecting them, so to speak, and this pic is a morph of three of them.

Green Bird in a Red Cap

Acrylic on wood panel, 4" x 4". Private collection.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The "Always Saturday" Clock

This little clock was an electric with a burnt-out motor. It's probably from the 1930's or 1940's with beautiful Deco-style numerals I didn't want to lose. It was a bear to figure out how to get it all back together and running. Private collection.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sketchbook page--figures and their pet birds

Brush and ink will always rule, but isn't good thrown in a backpack. Pitt brush pens (with waterproof ink) seemed a promising substitute. The variable line width is nice, but the point seems to mush down pretty quickly--I'm too heavy handed.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A couple of clocks

Both of these are re-purposed clock cases I found in a junk store. The shocked-face clock (5" x 7") has a Bakelite case from the 20's/30's, and the yellow-face clock ( 15" x 7") has a wood case--burled walnut I think. The faces are watercolor. Both in private collections.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A page from a sketchbook

Micron pen and watercolor.

Sketchbooks are scattered all over my house. This one fits in my pocket, so it went on vacation with me last week and got a lot of use--especially in the airport. I like the way the paper takes watercolor. A quality travel watercolor set is top of the wish list now that the old cheap one is nearly empty.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fence-Face or Garden Goblin

Stoneware with stain, 3" x 3". Private collection.
This is one of two new goblin faces I made for hanging indoors or out. The faces are hand-carved and hand-cast. Some have stain, others are glazed. I'll post some others soon.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Experimental sketch on a map. (A Hopeful Letter)

Watercolor, approx 6" x 9". I was playing around, trying my hand at an altered book. I like the look of the print showing through the watercolor. This is painted on a map in an old encyclopedia from the 50's.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Clock Tower (detail)

Detail of an acrylic painting, 8" x 10", private collection. Tried very hard to limit my palette to blues, greens and golds, but found that the magenta provided nice punctuation.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Acrylic, 7" x 5". Been messing around with a variety of signs for the studio and at the same time trying out techniques with matte acrylics. Saw the psychedelic poster show at the DAM this past summer and was stunned by the adventurous use of color and lettering in those works. So I'm trying to stretch a bit.

Monday, February 1, 2010

St. Raphael

Oil on board, 11" x 14". St. Raphael is one of the seven Archangels. He is the patron of travelers and happy meetings, among other things. St. Raphael is often depicted atop a fish, or holding a fish on a line.


Clay with a matte white glaze. Approx. 2" x 4". Private collection. This is the finished version of the piece I photographed in progress a month or so ago.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Clay Owlman in progress

A little owl-creature in progress. Struggling a bit with this new clay, but am getting the hang of it I think. He's about 4" x 2".

The worktable at Sk3tchbook!

The gallery/studio worktable, with a bunch of clay birds in progress.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Purplefish (detail)

Watercolor. A close-up of a small painting from my sketchbook. The original fish is approx. 2" x 1".
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