Sunday, November 29, 2020

A simple feather (experiment)

I’m watching my daughter’s chickens while she moves to her new place and gets everything set up. I have been collecting the miscellaneous feathers they leave behind in their coop. I decided yesterday to test drive some new Holbein watercolors that I’ve been putting off opening because they are expensive so even deciding what to use them on has been a challenge. You know the thought processs, save them for something special. The other side of the argument is what if they aren’t as great as rumored they are? Well it occurred to me I have the perfect model to put the paint through its paces. A feather. The reason to test paint is different manufacturers use different binders which makes the pigments behave in sometimes unexpected ways so this was a test to see what it will and won’t do and how far can I push it for the results I want. So far I'm liking them. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Winter Solstice


I think most folks assume grey is a depressing color. I don't. Because we have so many grey days I took on the challenge years ago to work with it and discovered there is a unique distinctive element to the color range. I don't know how to describe it other than it's a complicated quiet. This is the Columbia River out where I live. On the days the wind is still the river turns into a mirror.

"Winter Solstice"
4-1/2" x 12"
Colored Pencil

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Available as a blank notecard

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Letterpress printed card

The tactile effect from the letterpress print process is simply luxurious on heavy textured cardstock. It's printed in elegant copper ink. The finish of the paper is perfect for writing short or long notes using a ball point, marker or traditional ink pen. The card comes with an elegant neutral green envelope - perfect for mailing. 

This card measures 5" x 7", blank on the inside so it's perfect for any occasion. Printed for me by Letterpress PDX (the best). 

Comes in sets of five.

Also available as a single card.

Veterans Show

Two of my drawings were accepted in the Oregon Society of Artists 


On-site: November 5-23, 2020
On-line: November 5, 2020 - January 5, 2021 

Oregon Society of Artists 
2185 SW Park Pl, Portland, OR 97205

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tissue wrapping paper

Taking a drawing that was executed on paper and making it reproduceable in a digital world is a bit of a learning process. My lifetime motto has always been any day I learned something new is a good day. I probably have about a years worth of good days in the bank on this one. So here is my first tissue wrapping paper design - now in production.

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Printed on recycled paper with eco friendly ink.