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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Another Oldtown Lansing


This sketch is of a block of buildings in Oldtown Lansing, Michigan. I did this one from a photograph that I shot several years ago with the intention of doing a watercolor painting. That never happened. I am happy to say that this sketch is the last one in this sketchbook. The next "new" sketchbook will be a Hand Book Journal 8.5 x 5.5 with a red cover. Stay tuned.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Something old


This sketch is from an old sketchbook. December of 2005 to be exact. I really liked this so it seemed like the right thing to do adding it here.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A lazy summer Sunday

Sunday afternoon was spent sketching for a while. On our table on the deck is the essentials of outdoor living. The radio and a can of hornet spray. The hornets aren't too bad right now. I think it's because we got the early nest builders in the spring. Over the years I've really enjoyed listening to radio on summer Sundays. Tuned to WJR in Detroit. Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey giving us the play by play of the Tigers. Always had a radio on in the garage and the deck so I was always within earshot of the ballgame. Enjoy the day.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July 2008

Had time today to do a quick sketch and then give it some color. The umbrella really isn't red, white and blue so through the magic of watercolor it is now very patriotic.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

EDM # 13 plus

The EDM challenge #13 was to darw your phone. So here it is. I'm fairly happy with thid sketch. Would of added color but the phone is black so the only color to show is the red light. This next sketch is of my new stool. Found this in a sporting goods store for $7. Quite a sturdy little stool. Have also bought one that breaks down to the size of a travel umbrella. It was a few dollars more but it will fit easily in my back pack.