Friday, December 26, 2008

Noisey pair

The third in my series of six for Wet Canvas Duo challenge. These two look so peaceful just lying there.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Duet


Entry number two for the Wet Canvas "duo" challenge. The turtle looking object is a clay flute that I purchased from artist friend Mary Metler. Still learning to play it.
Pitt pens, Tombow brush pens, watercolor in a Hand book journal

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Music in a pinch

This is the first entry in a WetCanvas.com challenge. The challenge is to produce a series of six drawings of still life set ups using only two items. The next drawing then one of the items is replaced with another item and so on until all six are complete. These items were in my art supply carousel. Really! They were! Doesn't everyone keep a pair of pliers close by?
Pitt pens, Tombow brush pens, watercolor, Hand book journal

Sunday, December 14, 2008

EDM# 195, etal

Everyday Matters challenge number 197, draw a remote. Lots of possibilities here but the good old TV remote was the chosen one. Our TV is about 25 years old and is as clear as the day we bought it. It didn't come with a remote so this one is for the cable converter box and so we can only change the chanel or check the menu or show listings. Volume? I still have to get up and walk to the set to adjust the volume. Well gee, I've got to get SOME exercise.
Pitt pen, Pitt brush pens, Tombow brush pens, Hand book journal

This cityscape is made up. Just trying to keep myself drawing.
Pitt pens, watercolor, Hand book journal

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hacks key shop

Hacks key shop on South Grand Avenue has been there forever. Well, at least as long as I can remember. It pretty much sits alone now amidst several parking lots. The tall building in the distance is the old Michigan National tower. Don't know what it's called now. The "stadium" looking building directly behind Hacks is what is left of the Michigan theatre. The upper portion was removed and what you see is the now the roof of the existing building but years ago it was the stepped floor of the balcony. At least they didn't tear it all the way down.
Pitt pens, Tombow brush pens, watercolor in a Hand book journal.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

EDM challenge 201

The challenge for this week is draw a stapler. Well it looked so lonely on the page that I added some of the items needed to make it work.
Pitt pen, Tombow brush pen, Hand book journal

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Powerhouse at Michigan State University

Was able to get away today and photograph trains and sketch. This was drawn from the parking lot south of the tracks at Farm Lane on the campus of Michigan State University. The tracks for CSX Transportation are between the subject and me here. Saw only two trains while I was sketching.
Pitt pens, Tombow brush pens and watercolor in a Hand book journal.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

River-Aire, vacancy

This old motel sign is on Riverside Drive east of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Although the motel building is still there I doubt that it has had guests in a long time. Drawn from a photo taken on an October trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Pitt pens, watercolor, Hand book journal.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Just another Saturday


This was done from one of my photos taken at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg museum in Auburn, Indiana. It's been several years since I've been there. May need to go back this winter. Pitt pens.
This is a piece of Maintenance Of Way equipment that was parked on a siding at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Canadian National is the railroad there now. This unit still has the Wisconsin Central shield on the side. I have no idea what this does. It appears to be a large blower to clear something from the tracks. Drawn from one of my photos taken on October 20, 2008. Pitt pens and watercolor. OK. Anyone else have this problem? Our cat seems to think my sketchbook and drawing board are hers.





Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Northern Kentucky

We were in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky this past week. The trip was for a swing dance convention held at the Drawbridge Inn. This was the banner that hung over the DJ booth in the ballroom. The name of the event is Move Across the River and is put on by the Cincinnati Bop Club. A great time was had by all. This was their 16th year of this event. We have been there for the last 14 years. No plans to stop going. Pitt pens, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 Hand book journal


This is our room. #165. We always get the same room. Pitt pens, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 Hand book journal
We went to a Barnes & Nobel one morning in Florence Kentucky for coffee and browsing. Pitt pens, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 Hand book journal

This is a bridge over highway 8 at Ludlow, Kentucky. It is for Norfolk Southern Railroad. There are two tracks on this bridge. This was drawn looking east. To the left is the massive bridge carrying the tracks across the Ohio river and Cincinnati is on the other shore. Pitt pens, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 Hand book journal



Sunday, November 9, 2008

Maysville, KY

This group of buildings is in Maysville, Kentucky. Maysville is the home town of Rosemary Clooney. The sketch is done from a photo I shot a few years back. This particular shot interested me because of the very small building with the green canopy wedged in between the larger buildings. I doubt that it is more than ten feet wide. On its roof was some sort of a room, maybe just a place to get away to read or relax. It had a window and an awning. I don't remember what was in the building but I'm reasonably sure it was in use. I hope to sketch some more from the photos of this trip to Maysville. Hand book journal, Pitt pens, Tombow gray pens, watercolor applied with a water brush pen made by Elmers for kids, cleaned of factory color and refilled with water.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Gary's stool

This stool is owned by our friend Gary. He is a harmonica player and the stool gives him a place to set his case with all of his harmonicas and other equipment such as his wireless microphone. The band he was in at the time I took this photo is no longer together. Sad but people move on. We really miss hearing him and the band. Pitt pens in a Hand book journal.

Monday, November 3, 2008

EDM #124

The challenge was to draw something yellow. This was drawn from a photo taken by me at the Steam Show held every August in Mason, Michigan. This a great show for sketchbook artists and photographers as there is a large display of steam tractors and steam powered equipment and a very large display of antique gas tractors. Even a few old trucks here and there. Pitt pens with Prang watercolors in a Hand book journal.

Friday, October 31, 2008

EDM #195

The previous challenge was to draw a baked potato. Challenge #195 was to draw a fork. This seemed to be the logical progression and I agree. Technically this is a "spading" fork but when I was growing up my dad always called it the "potato" fork as that was what he dug the potatos with. Pitt pens and Tombow brush pens in a Hand book journal.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

20th International Sketchcrawl

On Saturday, October 25, 2008 I participated in the 20th International Sketchcrawl. This time with a group of artists gathered at the Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso, Michigan. I want to thank the folks at the Art Center for sponsoring this sketchcrawl and also providing some warm food for us all. Below are my three sketches of that day.

A few years ago an old building was torn down in Owosso revealing this old advertisement for Quaker Oats. The wall above the sign was coated with a stucco material which explains why part of the sign is gone. The rest of the sign and wall is brick and you can see the brick through the paint in spots on the sign.

This one is the Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso. A grand old building in very good shape. The inset is of the cornerstone.


And finally, I happened across an old three story industrial building on the near northwest side of Owosso and this was one of the entrances to the building. This building appeared to be abandoned as there were broken windows in the upper floors but it also appeared to have some businesses that were active. Another grand old building that hopefully will be preserved.
All three of these were in a Hand book journal with Pitt artists pen and some Tombow brush pen for shading.
If anyone is in the area of Owosso Michigan and have some time to explore and maybe sketch or photograph there is lots to see. Some of the most fantastic old houses with grand pillars and columns and huge front porches are there and if it's old industrial buildings that you want to see, they are there too.


Switch at Manistique, Michigan


A sketch from one of my photos taken while in the upper peninsula of Michigan a week ago. This switch is at Manistique and is just east of the old railroad depot. Hand book journal, Pitt pens and watercolor

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Old signage

I was looking in an old sketchbook for blank pages to do a sketch for a commission peice and I came across this old sketch. Not sure how old it is but thought I'd post it anyway. This was in downtown Lansing Michigan. The store has been closed for a year or more now and the sign is long gone. The old cityscapes are rapidly disapearing.

Monday, September 22, 2008

EDM #105

EDM challenge #105, draw sissors. This is my work shears. They cut everything from paper to picture hanging wire. Cutting edge, don't you think? Pitt pens in hand book journal.

Monday, September 15, 2008

EDM #189

EDM challenge #189, draw a razor. Hope this will "sharpen" my skills.

Another cityscape

This is a sketch of my mind. Or at least what is in my mind? OK, this is a cityscape that I just drew. Have no idea if it is real or not but I just sat down with the sketchbook and started. Hand Book Journal, Pitt pen and Tombow gray scale brush pens.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

EDM # 37 and more

EDM #37 Draw some keys. What else could I say except that realism was key to this drawing.
EDM # 152, Draw a nut. This next sketch is just something I dreamed up. I was just drawing and this is what turned up on my paper. When I finished this I didn't like it so never bothered to scan it. But now, amost two months later it looks a lot better to me.

And this is the locomotive that pulls the dinner train in Charlotte Michigan. It was tied up on a siding plugged in and hooked to five or six dining cars. I'm told that this is an old GE switcher locomotive but don't know that for sure.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

EDM #19

EDM challenge # 19 was "draw something you've made". Well this is kind of reverse as the sketch of the chair was done sometime in June of this year in anticipation of building it for my January show with Terry Junger at the East Lansing Library. This is very unusual for me to draw out something on paper and then build it. The usual is to sketch it in chalk or soapstone on the layout table or the floor of the shop and then build from that. The chair has been built and the photo below is what the final product looks like. It needed to be put inside a cabinet for the show and turned out to be too big. It stands almost six feet tall. Hmmmmmmmmm. So it now resides at the Shiawassee Art Center in Owosso, Michigan. They have a fantastic new addition to their building with more room for exhibitions and artworks for sale.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

EDM #141

EDM challenge #141, draw something with bristles. How about two somethings? A draftsmans brush lying over a 4" pure bristle brush. I'm not sure why I have the 4" brush. Don't ever remember planning to paint that large. Usually use it to dust. Any way, here they are, bristling to be used.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

EDM #131

EDM challenge #131, draw a spray bottle. This little bottle was the one I used back when I was trying my hand a watercolor painting. It also got used a few times to spray water under a buffer when polishing my truck. It hasn't been used for a while. Pitt pens, Hand Book Journal.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Quilt rack

This is a sketch of a quilt rack for a client. She wants a narrow unit with just two bars. Haven't shown it to her yet but will as soon as I do a write up about dimensions and pricing. Pitt sepia pen on sketchbook.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

EDM #164, etal

EDM #164, draw a camera. This is my Canon 2000 film camera. I still shoot film but do have a small digital camera to get photos of my work to put on the web site, thayerhouse.com. A lot of years ago I wanted to be a photographer but never had the push or the means to buy good equipment. Over the years I've been able to acquire some good camera equipment and I now have a little more time to learn to shoot film. Pitt sepia pen in Hand Book Journal.
This signal is on the Canadian National system and was drawn from a reference photo. Pitt pen in Hand Book Journal
This is the entrance to the Japanese Garden at Michigan State University. Inside it is a very tranquil place. A really nice spot to sit and watch the world go by. Pitt pen with watercolor in a Hand Book Journal.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vanity mirror

Not quite as old as last time. This is a sketch I did for a small table top vanity mirror. I think it was going to be in my show in January but I now know that it won't be. It's not as exciting now that I've looked at it some time later.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Yet another old sketch

This was done in the bleacher stands at the fairgrounds in Troy Ohio. The event was the Souther n Ohio Forge and Anvil blacksmith group Quad State Roundup. A gathering of 500 or so folks interested in blacksmithing with several demonstrators and lots of junk ............ used parts and equipment sales. These people were watching a demonstration.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

International Harvester Shop Mule

Another one from my older sketchbooks. This little tractor was used in a factory to pull carts of materials and such. Built by International Harvester in 1945.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rumley Oil Pull

This is an old sketch of a Rumley Oil Pull tractor. As I come across sketches in some of my older sketchbooks I'll put them up on this blog.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Every Day Matters #s120 and 182

This first sketch is of a rechargable flashlight that never works. But, it made for good subject material for this EDM challenge.
This EDM challenge, number 182, draw a truck was an especially easy one for me. This is my truck. A 1991 Ford F-150 with 144,000 miles or so and in very good shape. This truck will be 18 on September 21 of this year and it has been a very good vehicle. When I bought it I had it rustproofed and received a lifetime warranty for rust. So far the warranty has replaced both sides of the box, both cab corners and the tailgate. It is starting to get some rust on the front fenders and it will be time soon to see if the warranty is still good. I suspect that I may be the last one in this country with this warranty. We'll see

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A day in the park

This first image above was done at Michigan State University gardens on the south side of the CN tracks. This is the first sketch in my new Hand Book Journal 8.25" x 5.5". It also has a red cover if anyone is interested. Seems like this is going to be my favorite size as it was very comfortable to use. I sat on a similar bench to do this sketch and it was in the shade with a cool breeze. So it was a fantastic day. A new sketchbook, a light lunch in the park and railroad tracks about 30 feet away with a couple of trains going by while I was there. It don't get much better.

This next image was done in a Hand Book Journal 5.5" x 8.25" landscape sketchbook. The wheel crane was sitting at the construction site where they are bridging CSX tracks over Farm Lane south of the MSU campus. No trains while I was there but I did find a nice shade tree to park under. More later.

Friday, July 25, 2008

An award


Thank you to Sue from Maine for this award. The rules of acceptance are; 1. Put the logo on your blog. 2. Add a link to the person who awarded you. 3. Nominate 7 other blogs. 4. Add links to those blogs on yours. 5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs. So here are my seven nominees. Some may have already been presented with this award so for those artists I am confirming the nonination. There are so many talented artists whose blogs I have read and check on a daily basis. If it were possible I would send this award to them all.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Madison, Indiana


This sketch is from a photograph I shot several years ago. Somewhere I have a watercolor painting of this streetscape on a half sheet of paper. Haven't seen in a while. Probably stored away. We go thru Madison quite often seems like. There is a bridge crossing the Ohio River there. I'm working here in a Hand Book Journal, 8 x 5.5 portrait sketchbook. I like the tooth of the paper in these books And they do take a watercolor wash fairly well although the pages do curl and stay that way even afetr the book has been closed for a while. Used a Pitt "S" black pen.