Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fishing Boat, Monterey Harbor

Sitting on the back of the sail boat in the harbor having a cup of hot tea and sketching, It doesn't get any better!

Monterey Harbor Sketch

This is a sketch made in Monterey Harbor of the wharf. This was done from our sail boat while tied up at the pier. Most of the commercial sight seeing boats leave from this spot.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Practice paintings

These painting were done in Nathan Fowkes Class from models in class.

Self portrait Indicator?

Sometimes one should pay attention to ones own work. This was a practice painting for Nathan Fowkes class. I did this painting at home. I decided before I started the painting that I wanted to try and do some kind of expression. So I made an expression and began painting. In retrospect when I look at this painting a realize that several months after this work I had a heart attach. My teaching job had become extremely stressful. We look in the mirror, but do we see?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Self portrait

This Self Protrait was done as a homework project form the Portrait Painting Class of the Artist Nathan Fowkes. This is the portrait of the bunch that I like the most. Form, Color, and likeness fit my illusions of myself the best. I will be including additional painting form the class itself. The work in class was to be completed during the nite class. This was a great experience for me. The idea of finishing a work within a set period of time. Working at that speed was important development for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes.

Self portrait

Home work for Nathan Fowkes Portrait Class. Self Portrait

Self portrait

Weekly home work painting form Nathan Fowkes Portrait Class. Self Portrait

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Self portrait

The self portrait is an interesting thing. I have asked myself, why do artists feel compelled to do self portraits. Here's my thoughts on the subject. Being able to create images that others respond to is and interesting experience. Especially if one gets these responses starting at an early age. One gets use to having these positive responses and they become addictive. Another side to creating images is that they are often very personal. And displaying personal things and ideas can be very threatening or rewarding. Once you have put yourself out there, you then want to say this is the person that goes with these images. Any thoughts out there?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Simple toy

This illustration was created for a class in drawing. After covering the basics in shading the simple geometric forms I wanted to give the students a practice drawing subject for their next assignment. This simple toy was what developed.

Speek with forked tongue

Several years I worked for a School District. I drew this character during one district meeting while our Superintendent at the time was speaking. I hope this drawing tells the story.

Brother Bob

The drawing of Brother Bob was done using a photograph. I made this picture to go on the handout for his memorial service. He passed away suddenly at the age of 59. This is how I remember him.

Copying great artists

I don't think I need to tell you where this image came from. I chose to copy this image because of the flowing nature of the beard and hair. As you have probably noticed in other works of mine flowing and movement are important.

Jelly Fish, Monterey Bay

Jelly Fish and the Monterey Bay go together. I have always found them to be a most fascinating creature. At the right time of the year Monterey harbor area is filled with millions and millions of Moon Jellies. There are so many they only 6" apart in the water. Monitoring out in our dingy I would put my hand in the water and let it bump from Jelly to Jelly. I special experience.

Fishing Boat, Monterey Harbor

Fishing Boat in Monterey is a sketch from one of the sketch books I often drew in while staying on our sail boat in Monterey, Ca. Most of the drawing listed below were strongly influenced by that experience.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

31 Cadillac V12 Sedan

This is a pen and ink drawing a created for a t-shirt design. We had this classic car for many years and it was great fun.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Triptych Eagle with heart

Triptych Eagle has the symbol central in the body to symbolize the heart. The inside of the symbol depicts three heart shapes. The wake patterns in the backgrounds were early explorations of the movement idea in this drawing.

Before Triptych

Before Triptych, this image was produced before the Triptych concept became part of the series. In this image the fish have the faces characteristic of people rather than fish. I was playing with the concept of what a fish is through the eyes of humans. If you look at the other drawings you can find hidden human faces or parts in the drawings. Again alluding to our concept of these creatures. Also as all creatures move through the medium they live in they leave a wake as a record of their path through life. Some are more obvious than the trails of others. The kelp like water vines are a beginning of that symbolism in this drawing. This theme can be found in most of these drawing.


In this drawing three animals that thrive well in their given areas peer into the Triptych.

Triptych Fish

Triptych Fish has the symbol in its mouth. This symbolizes that the three elements of nature, air, water,and earth must pass through the mouth for life to survive.

Triptych Lizard

Triptych Lizard became a study in texture and detail. The Triptych symbol is being used to represent the center of movement awareness.

Triptych Floral

Floral design and background inspired by the Triptych graphic.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Triptych Sea Whale

Another early study with only one animal.

Triptych Sea Bird

The Triptych symbol was used as the source for the bird only. This is an early drawing from this series

Creatures of the Triptych

Each of the elements of the Triptych has its' own creatures.

Natures Triptych

The Land, the Water, the Air, where they all meet is the stuff of Life.