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