Monday, December 20, 2010

Old Truck in the Weeds

Well, not sketching everyday but every seven days maybe? This one is from a photo. There are lots of these old truck around the countryside.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Midland City

We found this old depot in Midland, Ohio while on our way to Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. It has been a lot of years since it has been used. It is on the IOCR, Indiana Ohio Central Railroad. The track in front is coming in from Columbus. There is also a track on the back side of this building. These tracks are the former B&O, Baltimore & Ohio. This is looking south and there is a small yard just to the west of this depot.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

4240 Beck Road - Plan view

My neice Cathy has asked me to do a sketch of her grandparents, my parents, farmhouse. So, to start this project I sketched this plan view of the farmstead as I remember it. Seems like I have remembered it fairly well. On the north side of Beck Road was part of the Henry Itsel farm. I can remember their cows laying in the shade of the huge trees that grew in the fence row. Now, I-96 expressway runs along side Beck Road. I grew up here. We moved to this farm when I was two and I lived there until I left home at age 18. My parents sold the farm in 1973 or somewhere around that time and built a new house about 15 miles west of here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Excavator

An excavator from a photo. I do enjoy sketching machinery like this.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Old grain elevator

It has been a while since I've posted here and I need to change that. I've been very busy chasing the dollar I guess. This sketch is from a photo. I think that if I can't get out to draw every day or so I should at least draw from photos. This one is in pencil too. Something I haven't done very much of.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Views from our deck

Looking southeast this is one of the many poles of the Detroit Edison. The foreground is our garage roof and the riser and cable that feeds power from the house to the garage. I know, electrifying.

And this Weber type grill from Kingsford doesn't get used a lot but when it does the results are wonderful.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Steam hammer

Just returned from the Indiana Blacksmithing Association annual confrence this last weekend. One of the demonstrations was with this old Chambersburg steam hammer. The hammer was inside the building but the boiler was outside. It was over 90 degrees there on Saturday and even hotter with that boiler going. It was quite a sight though to see it work.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

GT 75003

This caboose is on static display at Durand, Michigan across the tracks from the Durand depot. It is in need of a paint job.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It was just sitting there staring at me and whispering "sketch me, sketch me".

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A successful day


Took a day off today and went to Hillsdale, Michigan. Hillsdale is the operation headquarters for Indiana Northeastern Railroad. I was hoping to find them working but that didn't happen. But this locomotive was parked in their yard and I had a great vantage point to sketch it and to photograph it. This one is and old GP-9.

From Hillsdale I drove back thru Chelsea Michigan to see if anything was moving on the Norfolk Southern tracks. At this Jiffy Mix plant the NS maintenance of way guys were shoveling snow from the switches into the plant. Since it hasn't snowed for a few days I guessed that they were making sure the swithces were clear and there would be a local job there soon to either bring loaded grain cars or pick up empties. In the time it took me to sketch the back side of the plant where they unload grain cars no train showed itself. Probably got there as soon as I left. It was a nice sunny day and although I sat in the van to sketch it was warm enough to have the window open. The hum of the machinery inside the Jiffy Mix plant almost put me to sleep.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rockville, Indiana

I'm trying to get in the habit of drawing, sketching everyday. Doesn't matter if it's on location or from a photo or from the deep recesses of my mind. The idea here is to DRAW. So today I did. This is from a photo of mine taken several years ago. We were on a trip to Cincinnatti and taking the long way around. From this depot we went out across the Indiana countryside to look at old covered bridges. Found several in various states of repair.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


These two sketches are from late 2009. For some reason I never got around to posting them. Haven't been sketching much for a while now. Been working on the house and it consumes me. Hopefully that will change soon. The top sketch is looking out across the campus of Michigan State University. Don't know what the building is but the grid looking object is the roof of the greenhouses. The bottom sketch is of the crossing gate for Canadian National Railroad at Swartz Creek, Michigan done while waiting for a train one day last fall.