Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Years!

So Happy NewYears! This is the New Year's Red-Tailed Hawk.  I hope 2014 is better than 2013.  2013 sucked.  I plan to draw more, paint more, and write more on these blog posts.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Mallard Duck

This is a colored pencil drawing of a Male Mallard Duck.  I like to keep a record of all the birds I see and ID.  I then try to draw all of them.  This is one of the most common ducks out there in the uS and Europe.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Puget Sound Ferry

This is a pencil sketch of the Puget Sound Ferry near Seattle.   Get to Seattle and ride this ferry, it is well worth your time.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Kenya Thunder cloud and rainbow

Sunset in Kenya near Nairobi.  Sunlight catching the thundercloud and rainbow.  Enjoy

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Rescues - Australian Cattle Dogs

This is a pencil, white chalk and colored pencil of three Rescued Australian Cattle Dogs; Marley, Husker, and Harley.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's Birthday.  She and my Dad are a huge animal lovers.  I sent her as a gift a sketchbook of my practice animal sketches.  The final sketch is of their rescue Australian Shepard, Marley.   So have great day, Mom.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Roadside Pennsylvania Part 2

This is the same scene from yesterday but it is on grey paper with charcoal and white chalk.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Roadside Pennsylvania

This is a road side view I captured during a summer drive through Pennsylvania.  I caught this out of the corner of my eye and quickly captured the view and fleshed out this sketch as the passenger in the car.  The road side in the Keystone state was spectacular, with light green grass, white, orange, pink, flowers.  Mixed in also was a dark brown amaranth spikes.  Nice typical summer sky with big puffy clouds.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Polar Bear with Pickelhaube

I use to belong to a support group at work and this was our symbol, a polar bear with a pickelhaube or old german helmet from 100 years ago.  The support group would meet at various bars in downtown DC and would imbibe to de-stress.  Thank God, I am not in that job anymore.  If you need a bear in a helmet time to move on.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Three Wise Men - Arches National Park style

This is an oil painting at night of a rock formation named Three Wise Men at Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah.  This area should be on your bucket list.  I might run away and go live there.  Edward Abbey wrote about this Park in his book, Desert Solitaire.  It is interesting to read it after having visited there multiple times.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Geese study

This is an oil painting study of geese flying south.  It was an experiment in sky and palette knife on the tree.  Hopefully, the geese have flown by now.  Not that it gets real cold in DC.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

More Zebras

This is a sketch of another Zebra from Kenya.  This one was at the Nairobi National Park, just outside of Nairobi.  It is strange to go from a major african city to lions and Zebras in less than one kilometer.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Grey Crowned Crane

This is a quick sketch I did in Kenya of a Grey Crowned Crane.  They were common and loud.   He was one of the easier birds to sketch as he mostly stayed on the ground.  I used a black Pentel Pen and a red Pentel Pen for the head and the cowl.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Alaska Fjord

This is a pencil sketch of one my favorite landscapes in the Tracey Arm Fjord in Alaska.  We went and saw this in September, which is a great time to visit.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Two Masted wooden ship

A simple pen and ink sketch of a two masted wooden ship.  This is part of the nice thing about living near the Chesapeake Bay, plenty of wooden ships and fishing vessels passing through or on display.

Friday, December 13, 2013


I feel like my Zebra friend. Wearing stripes all week long at normal work only to be sprung out on the weekends.  This is a pen and ink of a zebra from Kenya. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Vervet Monkey

Some days I feel like this Vervet Monkey I saw in Kenya.  Sitting on a log and wondering WTF.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Delicate Arch at Night

This is an Oil painting of Delicate Arch at night.  A visit to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah is well worth the addition to the bucket list.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

More co-workers sketches

Since it is a snow day for DC.  (No one can drive in it so the authorities have given up on us).  I figured I would post a co-worker meeting sketch.  I have been caught a few times on this activity, but I am actually better at listening while sketching than if I let my mind glaze over in a meeting.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Another Blog for sanity and Creativity


This is a link to another blog posting about the benefits of capturing thoughts, emotions and other things in some form.  This is a post about journaling and writing.  I think of my art as a visual journal to capture (However imperfectly) the things I see and feel in the world.  God knows I appreciate the feedback my art gives me daily.

Cumbre and Toltec Railroad

This is a pencil sketch of the Cumbre and Toltec Railroad in Southern Colorado/Northern New Mexico.  It is well worth the trip down there to see the train, ride the train and to see the San Juan range of the Rocky Mountains.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snowy Photo for a Snowy Day

A Snowy Photo of Lake Hiawatha at Red Feather Lakes Colorado.  I thought this was fitting for a Snowy Day in DC.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hoping for a Snow Day

I am hoping for a Snow Day so I can play hooky and go out and enjoy some snow on the beautiful landscape.  A Winter Wonderland.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy Weekend and Monday morning wish

This is what I want to have my house look like on Monday morning.  DC will panic and I will have a three day weekend or a snow day.  Both are wins.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fellow Traveller - Backpack Girl

This is a quick sketch of Backpack Girl.  A fellow traveler o the Metro.  She was a good model for a short time on the platform.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Alaska Iceberg

We went on an Alaskan Cruise in September.  Part of the cruise was to travel up the Tracey Arm Fjord.  Even before we got to the Sawyer Glacier we saw some of the icebergs which had calved off the glacier.  It was an interesting combination of Green water, Blue and White ice.  This is a pastel on grey colored paper.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Afghan Man

This is a black and white charcoal drawing with a little blue pencil.  I really liked the folds of the clothing and his beard.  He had a great smile and very intense eyes.