GM Truck: An Old Gal

I see this beauty around my neighborhood and always stop to admire her. She reminds me of my balloon tire bicycle from first grade (best bike ever). And the nostalgic sound of a solid steel car door slamming shut from the sixties. I’m guessing its a 1940’s era rig. She’s missing an “eye” and although I’ve never seen her in motion, I’m sure she can still turn over because she hauls—note the custom hand-made side rails her owner has lovingly installed.

If I ever meet her owner, I’m offering this sketch. AFTER I get a ride down the street!

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(5.5″ x 3.5″  micron ink pen and watercolor on Moleskine®)
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20 Years Ago

Look what I found!



I was moving art papers around recently and discovered this collage sandwiched in the stack, created exactly 20 years ago. I had recently quit my full-time job and was taking time to decide my next step. Lot’s of uncertainty felt with a healthy dose of confusion…

I haven’t found all my answers since 1997, but I’ve survived another chunk of my life and had a lot of fun and love along the way. I just wish I could slow down the clock a little for the next twenty!  Tic-Toc.

(24″ x 36″ mixed media collage on Crescent art board)


A little mini-abstract. Playing with watercolor.

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(2.5 x 3″ watercolor)
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Thanks to Bill Maher, I’ll never look at an orangutan the same way again. But, this face has a genuine smile AND his orange hair is real.

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(5 x 3″ pen and watercolor)
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Just getting in my daily sketch! And testing out a mobile-device-uploaded post for the first time.(3″ x 5″ sketch with watercolor)

L.A.P. Dog

It’s not what you think, although if he jumped into my lap I’d allow him a short stay. It’s that I hate wasting paint, even a little bit. He is a Leftover Acrylic Paint dog.

The orange, blue, and red colors on his face are leftover acrylic paint smeared on a page, then folded — forming his somewhat symmetrical blotches. I looked at it from time to time just enjoying the blobs. Then I spotted him and drew him out.

This ‘Rorschach’ian method may say something about my personality type and emotional functioning. Do you think I have a thought disorder?

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(5 x 5″ mixed media in sketchbook)
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Kaua’i Warmth

It’s really cold today in Seattle and I feel the need to share a warmth-filled sketch with you all — drawn three weeks ago during a quick trip to the Garden Island. This was one of the sunny days. And it was a warm one. Ahhhhhhh…

Makawehi Lithified Cliffs, Poipu — south coast of Kaua’i (click  to enlarge)

(3 x 5″ watercolor)
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