Tuesday, March 29, 2016


A golf trip over break with some sketching in between! 


not my bloody mary at 8am...
plane folks
if you nap--you get sketched! 
airport delay
more delays

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Eastman House

Being a Rochestarian, one of our founding fathers of this city was George Eastman. He built Eastman Kodak company from the ground up. Had many patents created that we still use today and was a great philanthropist (his donations created U of R and MIT--donated as Mr. Smith). His home is now a museum and gallery. So my good sketching buddy Genine and I sketched the afternoon away at his home. 

The "guns" are actually cameras and the bottles are the old Technicolor dyes used to create "colored" movies! 

[LAMY Safari M nib, Namiki Falcon with DeArtementis Document ink, a brush pen with water and J. Herbin Pearl Noire ink, D+S watercolors in a Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook-landscape]

Monday, March 21, 2016


Part of the bonus structure of being an educator is the immune system build up. But when that breaks down, we get sick--fast. I had the flu and then bronchitis in the month of march (thus the delay in posts). While sitting in the waiting room of urgent care (mask and all) I sketched some other sick folks. Joseph was a cool looking old guy. He was the type of guy that had stories. Stories from a war, or business, or some cool science thing he did 40 years ago. The other girl had a very neat Pokemon hat on--complete with Pikachu ears. 

[Uni ball vision pens in a Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook-landscape]

Sunday, March 20, 2016


At the end of March I got to participate in my first ever National Art Teacher Conference. It was a very overwhelming experience. There were art teachers everywhere, 2,000 sessions to pick from, and the city of Chicago to explore. I sketched as much as I could, but recovering from bronchitis I rested as much as I could. 

At one point we attacked Blick Art Supply and a few art teacher friends bought some sketching supplies so when we went out we could all sketch! It was a nice way to infect people with the sketching bug. 

captive audience on the plane
2 minutes waiting to board in ORD
one man dinner party
sketching the other art teachers! 
a cool pile of shiny service wear 
more art teachers
the place that invented "dive bar"
more captive plane models
and more captive travelers. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

brrrrrrrrr plein air painting

We have had some unusually warm days this past few weeks so I have taken the pochade box out for a spin. The only problem is that with these warm days there is always a high wind factored in. So it isn't as warm as you want it to be! 

Saturday, March 5, 2016


If you have read any of my posts before you will have seen that I have attempted to draw the boathouses on Canandaigua Lake many times: 


While searching for some ideas in my classroom I came across an artist that drew these little fictitious scenes of buildings. The buildings were small, detailed and painted in watercolors. So I thought what a cool technique, I want to try that but I just need a subject...

[my girlfriend's (*edit* fiancee's) micron pens and D+S watercolors on either Stillman & Birn Delta loose sheets or Strathmore watercolor paper]