Archive for December, 2016


New Drawing: Melinda On Her Phone

December 25, 2016


Here’s a drawing of my friend, Melinda, looking at pictures on her phone. It’s an ink pen drawing on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.


New Drawing: Donna Brushing Her Hair

December 22, 2016


Here’s a new drawing of my friend, Donna, sitting in her butterfly chair brushing her hair. The drawn area is about 13 inches tall. I used a Uni-ball #207 pen on paper.


Drawing Final: Smoking on the Back Porch

December 17, 2016

Here’s the final version of the ink drawing. I’ll prop it up against the wall and study it for a few days, possibly make a few touch ups here and there.




Artwork Shipping Crate Modified

December 15, 2016

I added a few more modifications to my shipping crate that I posted a few days ago.


I had a couple more styrofoam corners, so I cut those into “L” shapes to fill in the sides of the crate. I also needed to fill in the void inside the box, so I attached some pieces of foam and foamcore around the outside of the crate. It slips into the box nice and snug. Now there’s plenty of foam and air space around the painting with nothing touching the surface. It weighs about 9 pounds.

This needs to arrive in Houston by the 13th of January, so I’ve got plenty of time, but I’ll probably wait until after Christmas to ship it. I’ll post more details about the show in a few weeks.


Drawing Update 2: Smoking on the Back Porch

December 12, 2016

I’m further along on the drawing. The back column is drawn in, and I’ve started on the background landscape.



In the closeup you can see some of the range of marks that this Uniball #207 pen allows me to make. I can get an almost dry brush texture by lightly dragging it across the paper, and I’ve gone back to the figure to darken it up some with some finer modeling that I’ve added here to the arm and blouse.


Making a Shipping Crate for a Painting

December 10, 2016

I’m taking a short break from the drawing to get my painting ready to ship next month for the show in Houston. First I want to show how I finished the backing of the frame.


I placed a sheet of 1/4″ black foamcore to fill the back opening, and to hold it in place I’m going to use these four pieces of veneer that I’ve cut into large triangles.


I spray painted them black, and used small screws to hold the backing in place. I also added the hanging wire. It’s now ready to pack.


My lightweight packing crate is made from styrofoam and 1/8″ Luann plywood. I got a few styrofoam corners at a local moving supply store. These are glued to a bottom plywood panel, and will suspend the frame inside the crate. I cut off a piece of another set of four corners to make “L” shapes that I glued to the top panel. This will fit tightly around the outside of the frame at the sides. I may add a large sheet of mat board to sit on the frame and keep any dust out. It’s important that no packing material ever touches the surface of the painting, especially any plastic or foam.


Here’s it all put together. I added some black heavy-duty tape to help hold the pieces together. The moving supply store had a box for pictures and mirrors that will be large enough, but I’ll need to glue some foamcore and styrofoam pieces to this to fill the inside of the box.


Drawing Update: Smoking on the Back Porch

December 9, 2016

An update on the latest drawing to show. I’ve gotten the rest of Casey’s figure drawn in and some of the porch. I’ll finish up the column on the right, and move to the background, which will be an open field of tall grass.