Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting for the new addition

a catch up post. traveled to NC to waiting for my new niece to arrive. So sketches from the dr's visit and sketches from the hallway while waiting for the peanut to arrive.  I had to come home before I had time to sketch the little girl :) I look forward to seeing her again and to sketching her.  


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cottage Sketch

We rented a cottage on lake Ontario last week so I sketched these from my chair on the break wall.

The Red Fern

I went for a walk to pick up dinner and stopped on the way back to sketch this building and it's cute little vegan restaurant (had to cross the street to take the picture)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Art....the music kind

it's not mine but it is my wife's and we are so excited right now.

Yesterday she starting to record her new album with the amazing producer, singer / songwriter David Chance and has launched her Kickstarter campaign.

It's been a great creative journey and I am looking forward to see where this new path leads to.

Check it out if you get a chance.

Photo main


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dragging myself out....

To hear Lucinda Williams at party in the park. Sat in the grass and sketched but had to go home early. The bronchitis, got the best of me :)

Being sick is no fun...

But getting flowers is :) 
And when you have to wait for medicine at least there's free time to sketch. 

Rochester Jazz Festival

Our meetup group met for a few hours on the first night of te jazz fest and ha a great time listening and sketching

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rochester Meetup and chicken dinner

  A few sketches from the Rochester Sketch meetup this past saturday. Met at Rochester Art Supply down on West Main Street and crawled up to the riverside park.

 as well as a sketch of dinner last night. Sketched pre-cooking and painted after :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

one big post

of some recent work. in my new book made of Stillman & Birn Delta Series paper. I LOVE this paper!!
this last one i am going to put color on now :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

7 years ago today

I did my first EDM challenge and have been drawn ever since.

I didn't realize today was the anniversary until I read the first page of a old sketchbook I grabbed off the shelf for reference. 

Sketching has taken me to 4 countries  and has made my life richer. 

I am so grateful for this gift and for all of you out there who encouraged me at the start and who continue too. 

I don't comment as often as I used to or want to but i wanted to thank you, It was your support that kept me posting and sharing. 

I hope to be posting for many many more. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

a few new sketches

I am / have been between books recently. I bound a book of 140lb cp and did not like using it for sketching with my fountain pens. So with some extra paper i had i bound a small booklet of sorts, finished that and then started using the landscape moleskine i was given at the Lisbon symposium.
I am not fond of the format. I like a porttrait or square format better.

a few weeks ago i order some Stillman and Birn delta series look sheets, just got the call that they are now in!!! So off to the store and hoping to get something bound in the next day or so. 

I thought for a minute that i may stay in the Moley but i know once i get a new book done it's hard to stay away :)

so, here are a few sketch from the Moley...
i was working on quick portraits for JKPP , sketching during a meeting then airport waiting and flying. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

I sketched at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on Sunday with the meetup group. i think there were 10 of us. Great turn out and a ton of fun. :)

Just a few new sketches. I'm doing a lot of experimenting so not as much to post as normal :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Book # 21

I just started my new sketchbook. This one made with Arches 140lb cold press paper that I bought from a garage sale.

This might take some adjustment. My thought was to use "good paper" in the hopes of getting better results with my watercolors. "Good" is a relative term. I am sure there are a lot of peopke who would love to have this book with the "good" paper.  Since i LOVE to sketch with my fountain pens, my good paper for me would be less textured.

I recently ordered sheets of Stillman & Birn Delta series ivory WC paper. It is 180lb and cold press but has (at least from the sample) a lot less texture.

So we'll see when that comes in if I will continue using this book for my everyday book and modify my approach until it is complete. Or if I use it for WC lessons I am going to be taking and bind up a new one.

Here are the first few pages from the weekend as well as a cropped photo of the book.

Friday, January 24, 2014

I unintentionally sketched things to scale

The last few days i decided to sketch everyday objects that were in my arms reach. It is really cold out (2 degrees) so i am staying indoors till the weather breaks.

The other night, itching to sketch i grabbed the brass tacks my mother in-law gave me for my birthday and sketched away. The next day at work again needing to sketch again i decided to sketch my fountain pens.  Placed them on the desk and drew away. 

Late in the day i showed a co-worker and had the thought that they might be close in size to the actual pens. So when i get home i opened the book tossed the pens down and ha!!!! all but the one i knew was wonky was nearly the exact size. 
That made me run and grab the tacks and check those and again..... i drew them almost to scale
 I thought is was kind of crazy and was super excited. So much so i had trouble concentrating on last nights sketch. But coworker said it made perfect sense since i design and draft objects, building etc. for a living. I was thinking that letting my hand follow my eye and not do what my brain says might be a reason also/

So there's my random tale about sketching to scale. Sketches and photo comparisons below. :)


Monday, January 20, 2014

January 18 in Canandaigua

The Rochester Sketch meet up group mt down in Canandaigua Saturday. Well three of us did and had a great time. Started in the coffee shop of an antique store then had lunch and sketched in the Mexican
restaurant up the street then stopped at one more antique store, this time just to browse. What a great way to spend the day.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jan 6 - Jan 13 2014

Sketchbook pages from the past 8 days. Some notes some sketches and some collaboration with a 5 year old :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

week one continued

trying to sketch everyday even if it's just for a few minutes

Friday, January 3, 2014

busy in the new year

Another new year and another attempt at sketching everyday.... here is my start.
This one from a meeting on Thursday
and the other two at home. My sketches from Wednesday aren't post worthy but i was definitely spending time experimenting and pushing my comfort boundary. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

On the road again

Sketches from the Christmas road trips. really like the Canson paper for sketch like this

Monday, December 23, 2013


In Greensboro visiting family and just got my Open Sketchbook cards at Just Be. They are even better in person!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

waiting for dinner and eating my lunch

I've wanted to draw this column for a long while. Since i only got lo mein it wasn't a long wait. i drew part of the column and added the paint at home.

The other is a quick sketch of my sweet potato fries. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Canson Me Tienes

all are gouache

left is gouache right WC 
this one was done in the dark. the next morning i saw that everything was green and blue. no black in my palette :)

left is gouache right is WC

A few new sketch on Canson's Mi-Teintes paper. I really like this toned paper.
I have been using gouache on it mainly and it holds up really well to the water. No buckling at all!!
And my pens glide along the paper well. So far i like it's texture and ability to take water better than the Bogus paper i had been using.