Friday, October 27, 2017

An old, unused section of Highway 30

I took my little plein air group out to an old, unused section of Highway 30 high above the newer road located between Rainier and Goble (Oregon). The view is fantastic and this section of road is still pretty much intact although it's now covered in leaves, moss and fallen branches scattered about. I initially intended to work on just one page but the canopy above was intriguing so I decided to use both pages for the effect. I rather like how it turned out.

Watercolor and I aren't friends (yet) but I really like this. In retrospect it's too bad it's in my sketchbook with drawings on the back sides of the pages that I don't want to lose. And no, I don't think I could repaint it and get the same effect. Sincerely watercolor and I are barely on speaking terms so I dare not even try.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Pre-orders are being accepted now for The Newels of Timberline Lodge, shipping in November. All twelve newels are featured in black and white drawings suitable for coloring. 54 pages.  Each drawing appears twice.  There is a brief history on the WPA project and information about the newels. The newels are presented in the order they appear starting on the first floor walking up the stairs.  On the left side of each spread is a complete index of the newels with the current newel highlighted so you can see where it is in the lodge.  

Orders placed by November 1st will also receive the walking tour card and free shipping. Links are on my webpage:

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Yup, they are finally complete.

If you been following my project you know what I'm talking about. If not, stand by for the formal announcement. There's still a bunch more work that has to be wrapped up but the raw material is done. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

2017 QuickDraw

A QuickDraw is a timed event.  From start to finish it's just two hours to make magic happen on site.  The thing I had not practiced for was the shoppers totally, completely blocking my view as I worked.  I normally have a planned approach to my drawings but today I had to draw in pieces, back and forth, all over the place.  Factor in the event folks did a good job letting folks know art was happening in the farmers market so not only was my view obscured, I was constantly interrupted.  Oh goodness.  I kept telling myself to go faster, faster, faster.  The clock was relentless.  Time ran out while my work was still in the mid-tone mumble stage but I will say I did better than my first time in the quick draw a couple years ago.  I have some ideas for improvement for the next time. I'm looking forward to it.  

Pen and ink and watercolor.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Tea Time

I'm practicing to draw faster so I have more time to paint for a Quick Draw event coming up this weekend.  It's a timed event so it's important to get the gist of the scene down quick.  There's two hours to work my magic... two hours really flies by.

The aprons for sale at Tea Time in St. Helens, OR.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017