Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Free food this way

Free food

Had fun with this little pig design. I’m thinking about doing it on a Sketch Card soon. It will be at one of my shows.

Could be late fall before I setup again this year though. A Christmas event might be a good one to add to the calendar. So for now, I’m working on a lot of sketch cards for this fall, and into the spring.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

He's still kicking

The old bird
It's fun to draw birds every now and then. I seem to be brought back to birds and trees for the most part. Might as well give them a strange personality too.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Any Last Words ?an

any last words
If this were you last day - What would you have to say?

OK, maybe you've got a page long discourse already prepared, but we don't all get that much time.

On a happier note;  I have been working on some drawings that have not only black ink, but some gray as well. Not long ago, a bottle of Lexington Gray from Noodlers came. This is a very nice gray with an almost graphite look. It's light-fast, and can be washed over with watercolors. Not many inks can do both.

FW makes an acrylic ink that is a cool-gray. This one is nice too, but settles in the bottle pretty quick. A bit more pain to use because of that. It is a lighter shade than Lexington G. Even with the nib drying so quick while using acrylic ink, it's still worth the effort.

I'll put up a couple of these soon.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Lost RabbitL

Lost Rabbit
A 5x7 sketch of a little bunny that was tossed into a storm drain by a rotten kid. Lucky for him, a nice fairy happened along to take him to a better home.

I have been working with a lot of different ideas lately. Almost all in black ink. It has been hard for me to get the right thing going. But now I feel better about my work. I fell into a trap of thinking too much. That caused me to make my concepts over complicated. So now, I'm stepping back from that, and grabbing pencils again to work out themes before jumping so fast into the ink.

 I got a batch of new fiber-tip pens. They are Staedtler Pigment Liners. A big set. But after using them for a while, I no longer like that brand. They stay wet too long... easy to smear.

So the search is back on for a better pen.

Thanks for stopping by this page.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Basil, the rabbit

Basil plants carrots every year like his neighbor rabbits it this part of the country. But unlike other rabbits, he also grows pumpkins. This year was great for this patch. He has the biggest and best pumpkin around.
There's always some varmint that wants to bore a hole in it though, so he has to stand watch every night to protect it. The fall festival is coming soon, and he'll be ready to win the blue ribbon.

Angry all the time
Living in the field with no limbs, you are at the mercy of any critter walking by. Jackson has had it with all the clowning around.

On Halloween night, Claymore found out just how many enemies he had accumulated over the summer.

* I put this up well after Halloween. It was in queue to be posted, but I forgot about it. Better late than never thing.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

More dark stuff

Bowhizo thought it would be a good idea to hide in a cactus. That may be the last time he tries that one. 
If you have wolves chasing you, then anything seems preferable over becoming dinner.

I have been working a lot with ink lately. Had to put acrylics on hold for a while. But at least I have plenty of drawing paper to keep me going. I've written somewhere before, that Strathmore makes a Bristol board that used to be nice to work with. But now it doesn't take ink like it should.
Your lines will not hold tight unless you are using viscous inks. I don't for several reasons. One being that my nibs flow the ink better if it's thinned just a little. On several other brands, I'm not having a problem... just on the Strathmore.

Problem is, I have a lot of this Strathmore laying around.


This is a Psycho Bunny. It has been said that one in every 20 rabbits turn psycho at some point. Maybe you are one of those people that think your sweet little bunny could never go nuts, and try to chop you up. 

A lot of people think that... used to think that! They flip like a switch in the middle of the night, and roam the house while everyone's asleep. Most people don't lock the bedroom door. Maybe you should consider the probabilities... just saying.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ink in July

After midnight. 
Monster practicing scare tactics.

A couple of drawings done with ink. Picked up a few new art tools, and have been giving them a test drive. 
Copic Multiliners are pretty nice to work with. But the "Concept" markers that Jerry's Art store sells are not anywhere close to Copics Sketch markers. I have a feeling they will be collecting dust.

Anyway, these markers and pens will keep me busy for a while.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ink a tree

Lone tree
Vines on tree
I'm getting more work done in pencil and ink. These may be on my store as prints soon.
There was some old forgotten nibs in a box that I just found. They are extra fine nibs from Hunt/Speedball, #102.
Great dip pen nibs to work with. I'll be getting some drawings done with them up here as well.
It seems this old house that I live in needs endless work. So I can only draw on certain days when I'm not so tired. It's easier working in the studio now. The clutter is for the most part cleared away, and I can walk thru it now. We have been here a year, and it may take about 10 more years to get it together.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tempered by time

Tempered by time

This ink and watercolor tree was right after New Years Day. It was raining and put me in the mood for a sketch like this.
I'll be glad when spring comes back. With all this central Texas rain, it will be an early and green spring... oh yeah, because of Global Warming too.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Rough old tree

Rough old tree
The crop is not so good, but I'm still getting used to this phone. 

This is a 5x7 ink sketch on 140 lb watercolor paper.  It may get a color wash later, but haven't decided yet.

Use the Contact page if you want to buy this as it is now, for 29.00, comes with Mat.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween dead-head

Halloween dead head
Been doing a lot of Halloween stuff of late. I'm running behind though. Every year I paint my gal a Tshirt with some kind of spook on it, and I haven't even started it yet.

The spatter on this piece is black ink, I don't know how it turned brown. Back to work.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The PC Geek

A post I put up several years ago. I thought it may be worth a re-blog just for old times sake.
Just another tricky day in my life:

The PC Geek
Last week my computer went south. The screen just blinked off and everything went black.
Had lots of work to do, so I tried to fix it myself - really quick, OK.

After opening this little door, I saw this greenish thing that broke when I pulled it. But it’s not my fault, they made this piece of crap to break just like that.

And then I can’t put it back in there, so I said “#$%@”, and went past it to this other thing that looked funny, kinda like, you know a round tube but not really one I don't think.
So I said “hey, this must be it”! So I pulled it lose, and the motor stopped working, and than it caught on fire.

I thew my glass of ice tea on it, and some sparks came out and some smoke too, but the fire went out now. Man, that was close!

Now, nothing works? So I called this guy that works on computers, and my buddy told me he was good and everything you know, and he knows computers really good and all.
And now he’s gonna come over to take a look real soon, cause I need it like yesterday.

Than he knocks on my door, and he’s here now. So I show him where it is. He looked at it for a long time and didn’t say anything, he just stood there.

I said “are you gonna fix it fast, cause I need it”.  He just said WTF!
Huh? I said “Is my Game-Boy in the way or something”?

So he said “OMG”, and started working on it and putting a whole bunch of stuff in it that looked expensive. That guy talks to him self too. He was cursing under his breath like he was mad or something.

When he finished, he said “don’t ever do that again”. So I guess he means don’t open the little door and look in there. So anyway, it’s working and I’m doing some stuff on it, and I drew this picture of that guy after he left so you can see what he looks like and everything.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tortured soul 3

Tortured soul #3

Mixed media on canvas panel.

The latest in the Tortured soul series. I like this project because it departs from what I normally do. It has its own spirit so to speak. 

Many artists like to venture away from the main track and play with new ideas. You don't know what will happen when trying unfamiliar art techniques, and this must be the attraction we seek.

This guy has a story like the other two in this series. His life could be a mix of any, or even all the musicians that work their heart and soul out, trying to snatch the brass ring if it ever comes around. Many never feel the euphoria of that success. Our fellow here is one of those:

"One must endeavor till wits end. No doubtful shadow must fall on the path before you. Greatness comes to no-one but the fearless giant within".

My fruitless path has brought me to this moment. I am faced with the knowledge that my heart and soul fell prey to the careless words of fools. These loathsome words carved a rocky road to my endless gloom and despair, and forever wounded this spirit. 

Why did I listen to hypocrites, and whom of the lot rose to greatness, lighting the path before me? None I say.

Should I, could I have been anything else in this life? I think not.

Alas, I haven't a choice do I? My music warms the fabric of my soul, and gives me hope that others will hear and cherish that which I feel. This is my cause, and will be to my end. I'll find a way to stay in this place and persevere through the dim lights and dark corners in this city of cold indifference. I am music now and always.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rough old tree

Rough old tree

My camera made it a little fish-eyed. 

This is my latest 5x7" ink drawing. I'm hoping to get a lot of these done before Summer is over.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Man has conquered the moon

Man has conquered the moon

Mixed media, canvas panel 11"x14".

I had to stick my 2 cents into this you know. 

Science and technology has brought us very close to the reality that man will be mining the moon and other orbs in our solar system in the near future.

Why care one way or the other? Most people these days are familiar with LEO, or the Low Earth Orbit. We know there's a lot of crap up there just above,  waiting to fall on our head, and every launch adds a little more to it.

So, just think... What will happen when we setup a moon camp and start mining the resources? I can see it all now. The people stationed there will start off by being very conscious of the garbage they make, and happily tell the world how Eco-centric they are behaving on the new frontier. 

This of course will change, and they will need some place to put pilled up crap. "Ah, Earth can only see one side of the moon" they say.

After a while all the craters on the dark side will be full of crap. Then they will start filling up the ones on the light side.  Who knows what will happen next, it just spins out of control from there for sure.

After days of sleepless ponder, I have the solution. Let's create a space tax on garbage. One dollar per pound sounds about right. If you leave crap up there, then you have to pay the tax.
That is, Earth pounds, not space pounds, we have to make that clear up front to all the perps you see. 

Anyway, this is a deep subject that I could go on about, but I'm sure by now you are as angry as I am.

Monday, June 27, 2016


This reminds me of my travels to Colorado and Southern Utah. If you like rocks, these are good places to see them.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Music sheets


This is one of the music sheets that was mentioned earlier. Thought I'd try a flower on this one.

The sheet above is painted with black ink, and a little moss green watercolor added.



A horn painted on a music sheet seems fitting. 

Friday, June 10, 2016



A new series going on now. It's called Organics because of the methods I'm using.

I don't know what it is, or what is up, down or sideways. You'll have to figure that out... and if you do, let me know.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

New tools

New Tools

  This is what happens when you get a new tool. I go thru this episode of glorious exploration, only to toss it in a drawer after a couple of days, only to find it again years later and do the same thing all over.

Does it ever end? Anyway, this is s scribble sheet from playing around with two new/old brushes I have. At some point, I'll do some real work with the liner brush. I have an old Windsor Newton that has lost the fine line it once had. I've been searching for a new one, and discovered I already had it!

Friday, June 3, 2016