Impeachment Hearing Sketches

November 20, 2019

Hey, this blog is alive again! Sorry for being offline for so long, but I’m getting all settled after the big move. I’m figuring out where everything has to go, and getting the art room arranged.

In the meantime, I’ve been listening to the big news of the last few days of the Impeachment Hearings. Thought I would make a few sketches as I sat in front of the TV. Here are a few of the people I drew – no political commentary, just faces. They are pencil drawings on letter-size paper.


Appreciating the Art of Robert Meyers

October 12, 2019

Before I start off the subject of this post, I’d like to apologize for being absent for so long. I’ve been settling into a new home, and it has taken up all my time and attention.

In the meantime, please take a look at an artist who I greatly admire, Robert Meyers. Here are a few examples of illustrations he made for The Saturday Evening Post during the 1950’s. In the 60’s he transitioned into a fine artist of Western subjects, like many other illustrators of that era. You can read a little more about him at the Cowboy Artist’s of America site.


New Drawing: Portrait of Roshida

September 21, 2019

A new drawing here to show you. This is a new friend, Roshida. It’s made with a charcoal pencil on 8.5 x 11″ paper.


New Sketch: St Mary’s -Temple, TX

September 8, 2019

I believe I mentioned recently that I’m looking to move to new digs, and one area is up around Temple, TX. I was waiting to meet my realtor a few days ago to view some homes. He was running late, so I walked down to a nearby church and decided to bide my time sketching. I liked all the broad contrasting lines it had.


Painting Final: Abel’s Cafe

August 30, 2019

I had finished this a few days ago, but couldn’t get time to photograph it until today. I added the wires up top, colored the side of the road, and touched up a few things. I wanted to try and keep this loose and sketchy.

On a personal note, I’m getting more interruptions lately as I’m in the process of moving to a new home, or will be as soon as I find it. Hunting for the right spot is time consuming, but making sure it has a good studio space is most important. Hopefully, I’ll nail down something soon.


Painting Update: Abel’s Cafe

August 19, 2019
Oil painting truck on country road

Here’s the latest on the new painting. I had planned the color tone to be a monochromatic red violet, but went with a more colorful approach instead. I’m keeping the layers thin at this point (casein and oil,) and concentrating on base colors. It’s mostly there, just a little sharpening up and details to add.


New Painting: Abel’s Cafe

August 11, 2019

I’m back! Did you miss me? I had to go back and touch up a few things at my temp job, and then later some personal things started to catch fire. However, things have calmed down a bit, so I grabbed some oils paints and started this one before something new interfered.

truck passing by on a farm road

This comes from a picture I snapped with my phone coming out of a truck stop cafe I stopped at for breakfast to get to that job. The sun was coming up bright over the trees in a way I wanted to save for later.

I’m using a sort of burnt sienna mixed with chrome oxide green oils that have be thinned with diluted casein medium. This color is a neutral complement of the red violet over all color I intend for this painting to have, but really serves more for values at this point. I have the photo showing in my small digital monitor as a reference. This was all just roughly sketched in with paint.