I don’t have much of my old art work around, anymore. It has mostly been lost as sketch books and canvases have disappeared over time, or gave it away. This is part of the reason that I am blogging about drawing and painting, so that I have a record of my work, from this point on.
I have been drawing since I was a young child. The oldest drawing I have is a dinner plate that my either my pre-school or my mother had made from one of my drawings.
Regarding formal training, I took one drawing and one oil painting class at Elgin Community College, back in 1985. Recently, I have learned a lot from YouTube and blog posts from my favorite content providers.
Recent Drawings & Watercolor
Over the last couple of years, I have started drawing, and painting, again. I started with some quick watercolor sketches.
The next drawing started out as a quick watercolor sketch, but I liked it enough to continue working on it.
After these I did a drawing and painting of my niece, Jamie, when she was a baby.
I also drew a picture of my mother-in-law and son from a photo that my wife had taken. I am currently working on a watercolor version of this drawing.
We recently moved into a new house, and so I have an office. I have dedicated part of the office to an art area, using a French cleat system to set up wall easels. I got the idea from Andrew Tischler, one of my favorite artists on YouTube.
I also made an easel that can hold panels and canvases that I don’t want to attach cleats to. The easel itself has a cleat, and hangs on the wall. In the photo, below, the hanging easel is holding a panel with a picture of my niece, Nicole, that I am painting for my sister-in-law.
These are the projects that I am actually working on. Sometimes there is a long pause on a given project, but they are in-progress, not just in the project queue. I hope to add pictures of the current state, as well as project journal entries, for each.
Ethel & Robert
This is a watercolor painting that I am making from a drawing that I did, last summer. The original photograph was taken by my wife, after lunch that we had with the family. This one is getting pretty close to complete.
Harvey, Ross & Trae
I started this oil painting over a year ago, and have been working on it off and on, since. Right now, I am doing some quick studies in order to better understand some changes that I want to make to this painting, so, until those are done, I will not be able to make progress on this one.
My sister-in-law asked me to paint a picture of my niece. I started this oil painting a while ago. My intention is style it after the work of Renoir.
The photograph was taken by my wife, Tonya, back when Nicole was a small child.
Uncle Bill & Aunt Mary
This will be an oil painting of my aunt and uncle created from a photograph taken by my sister, Mary. I started doing the initial drawing of this a couple months ago, but still have quite a bit to go on this drawing, before I start painting.
This will be a watercolor picture of chickens from the farm that we lived on a few years ago. The photograph was taken by my wife (she is a great photographer), and the chickens were also hers. I am doing an initial drawing for some small, color studies for this, right now. You can still see some construction lines in this drawing. Eventually, I will do a full-size drawing for an 17″ x 11″ watercolor painting.