Sunday, January 31, 2010

Art Museum...

The wife and I took a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum on Thursday to check out the "Street Seen" exhibit. It was refreshing and got me energized again. I haven't been drawing as much lately. Without the pressure of having to post everyday I'm getting lazy. I'll have to switch it up for February somehow. Don't know quite how yet. I'll have to sleep on it.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

No bad luck...

It was a spectacular fall. If it had been taped I probably would have won $10,000 on Funniest Home Videos. A lot of thoughts can go through your head in a split second. All of a sudden I knew I was going down, then I thought I had saved myself, and then I knew there was nothing I could do. Somehow I managed not to break the mirror part, but completely busted the "wood" frame, which was really some kind of cheap pressed cardboard. I'm not sure there's any fixing it.

On a side note, my wife is awesome. So awesome that three of her photographs were picked to be shown at the Kohler Art Center, Eight Counties exhibit. Out of 500 artists and 1,550 submissions, she got chosen. How cool is that? I'm so proud of her. She is my inspiration for my art and this whole blogging thing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Doodles while waiting...

A couple sketches done while waiting at the doctor's office.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bathroom Remodel...

Sorry folks. A day late and a drawing short. I have been working like a mad man on the bathroom remodel. That's kind of art, right? The walls are drywalled and painted. The vanity was installed, the counter plopped on, and the faucets hooked up. Running water. Yes, running water again after 5 months. What a world of difference. My awesome cousin-in-law came over on Saturday and he showed me how to tile. So, the floored is completely tiled now. Just have to put in the grout. It's actually starting to look like a bathroom again!

I can't wait till this is done so I can concentrate on the art more. Soon enough.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another weekend, come and gone...

This will be for my visual journal. I drew this Friday night as my wife and I enjoyed a relaxing evening in, watching T.V. Often she'll sit on the couch, with her computer, as we're watching. I'm so use to drawing from pictures, but I drew this one as we were both sitting. I'm done inking, but will still watercolor.

A work in progress. Still going to try layering, especially on the gorilla to see how dark I can get. Will also ink the gorilla a bit once I'm done watercoloring.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I'm still playing around with mixing watercolor and pen. I like the direction it's going, but I've still got some tweaking. I've got to make my watercolor darker and give some more contrast between the lights and darks. Everything is just on the light end right now. This was a fun page though. Believe it or not I spent a few days on it and reworked the watercolor a bunch. It's just going to take some more.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


These are a couple more David Small studies. That basically means I copied his work. I love his style of watercolor with a hard, defined outline. It's helped to go back in and rework the layers of water color many, many times. As I'm trying to imitate his style I'm finding that's the one thing I need to work on as I do my own work and develop my own style.

Thanks for checking in. Next post will be on Sunday for sure, possibly a few in between.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009, A Retrospect in Art...

It's time to make those New Year's Resolutions again. Last year I made many, but the one I really stuck to was drawing everyday. In the past, my interest in art has always come and gone. I didn't really get anything from just doing it for myself. I needed to showcase it. Talk about it with other people. I never really had a way to do that until I discovered blogging. Because of that I have to say, "Thank you!" to my family, friends, and fellow bloggers who check in everyday and give me words of encouragement. I would have lost interest and motivation a long time ago if it hadn't been for you.

As I look back at past blogs it's fun to see how much I've improved, think of the sketchbooks I've filled, and the Visual Journal Project I finished. Things will look a little different for 2010. I'm not going to be as strict about posting each day. I'll post once a week for sure (Sunday), but probably a lot more than that.

This year I'll be concentrating on completing larger projects that take several days to finish, visual journal entries, developing my water color skills, and illustrating memories from my childhood. I can't wait to look over all my creations and see the progress I've made a year from now!

Keep checking in and leaving comments. You encourage me and motivate me more than you could know. Thanks!