Sunday, October 04, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009


This drawing took a while to complete. I began it when I went to a Copeland's Restaurant. You will notice the similarity of this one to Fox and Hound Shaded. In this one I wanted the effect of a map. I've been on a tangent with map-like drawings.

graphite on paper, 8.5" x 11"

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Recent Viewers

Although I finished this drawing last, I started on it before my other five works. Unfortunately I got bogged down filling in each rounded square with an avatar drawing. I made certain my drawings were varied. Also, I did my best to use cultural characters folks would recognize generally, and not to involve specific characters that belong to individuals.

color pencil on paper, 18.875" x 25.875"

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Beta Bugs

Every now and then I’m invited to test out some site before it is live. I figured I’d give so-called bugs a visual representation. To keep my image interesting, I decided to vary the color of the bugs and the background. Also, I varied which way the bugs turned without worrying about exact symmetry. Using the medium watercolor pencil, I drew and then applied water with a brush. I glazed the piece with several layers.

watercolor pencil on paper, 18" x 27.125"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Just Add Circles

The title “Just Add Circles” is my reaction to a recent online design trend that includes groupings of concentric circles as a pattern. Anyway, I played with circles inside circles, but I made it my own. Also, I drew vertical lines to break up my shapes as a positive/negative space game – if you will. I rendered the piece with graphite on Reeves BFK paper. It is a rag paper that can take a lot of abuse.

graphite on paper, 19.875" x 25.875"

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Viral Mutation

Over the last few years I have been interested in the viral phenomena online. A video will suddenly become a sensation that spawns remixes and parodies. I decided to take a shape of a virus and let it change color and spikes as it repeats across the page. The first one is green. The other ones follow a continuous rotation around a pastel color wheel.

acrylic on paper, 18" x 27.125"

Thursday, July 23, 2009


To capture the spirit of the exploding Twitter phenomenon, I repeated the shape of a bluebird soaring upward. To render my watercolor painting, I used several of the blues available including: cobalt blue, phthalo blue and ultramarine blue. After much thought, I decided to not add any other colors to this work. I figured they would be more a distraction then an improvement.

watercolor on paper, 18.875" x 26.125"

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Crop Addiction

A few months ago a friend on Facebook invited me to try a game called Farm Town. In short order I was addicted to the game. Since then, I also became hooked on a very similar game, FarmVille. Anyway, here is my gouache abstract painting celebrating both games. I can’t escape grids.

gouache on paper, 19.375" x 15.875"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stay Tuned

Several weeks ago, I irritated my drawing hand. It has flared up several more times since then. The pain is slowing me down a bit. I just need to rest my hand for a while. More drawings are in progress. Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Continuous Corners

At one of the free film screenings I started this drawing. As I mentioned in a previous post, there have been fewer of them. Saturday, while sitting at the art market, I had a chance to finish this sketch.

graphite on paper, 8.5" x 11"

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eclectic Connections

This sketch provoked a lot of interest from people who walked by me while I was sketching. In fact one guy asked for my business card. At the Chinese buffet, a server said it made her think of a Chinese Dragon. So, I think I will explore this way of working in some future works.

graphite on paper, 8.5" x 11"

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Floral Deconstruction

Wednesday night the New Orleans Fiber Artists held a collaboration project workshop. We each brought materials and shared them as we made fiber postcards and canvas cloth images. Here is my creation I made at the workshop.

mixed media, 4" x 6"

More Sketches to Come

Many of the recent sketches, from my sketchbook, were generated while I was trying to kill time. Last summer I drew a bunch while sitting at the gallery waiting for folks to come by to look at the art. But then the gallery closed. During the fall and January, I made drawings while waiting in line to attend free film screenings. However the slowdown in the economy has now affected them. There have been a lot fewer of the screenings. I am working on some new drawings and I will be posting them in the near future. I figured I should say something.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Bugs Shaded

These shapes were generated form a stencil book of bugs. I overlapped bug shapes multiple times and then shaded them. I played with negative and positive shapes as I did this. It took a very long time.

graphite on paper, 8.5" x 11"