Art Work

Background

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.

A very early drawing of our house on Wood Row, in South Elgin. (Crayon?)

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 view of a neighboring hill from my grandmother’s farm in Southwest Missouri. I gave this to my sister, Mary, since we spent summer vacations looking at this seen from the farm. (Watercolor, approximately 5″ x 7″)
An old house on my grandmothers farm, across the road from her house. This one went to my sister, Mary, also. (Watercolor, approximately 5″ x 7″)
A sketch of our corgi, who had recently passed. I gave this to my daughter, Mayanna. (Watercolor, approximately 8″ x 10″)

The next drawing started out as a quick watercolor sketch, but I liked it enough to continue working on it.

This was painted from a wonderful photograph on pexels.com, taken by Rivardo Maura. It was a great photo. This painting was given to my wife. (Watercolor, approximately 5″ x 7″)

After these I did a drawing and painting of my niece, Jamie, when she was a baby.

(Graphite on paper, approximately 10″ x 10″)
This went to my sister, Judy, who is Jamie’s mom. (Watercolor, approximately 10″ x 10″)

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.

Graphite drawing of my mother-in-law, Ethel, and my son, Robert.
(Graphite on paper, 17″ x 11″)

Oil Painting

As far as oil paintings, my wife bought a Bob Ross class for me for Christmas, a little over a year ago, and I painted a mountain scene.

Despite the mountain scene only taking two hours, other oil painting seems to take me much longer. I am currently working on one of my late father-in-law with two of my nephews, another one of my niece on my wife’s side of the family, and one of my uncle and aunt from my dad’s side. You can see where I am on each of those paintings, as well as some small, practice pieces, in other blog articles.

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