Sep 29, 2008


This is the twin of Colleen. Both of these women are sweet and gentle and it is my great pleasure to know them. Yes they are older now.

I am having fun drawing portraits. This being the second one I seriously attempted I am quite happy with it. Yes the nose needs work still, and the mouth does not show the joy and innocence that is in the picture yet all and all I am quite pleased. I think I did allot better on the hair and the eyes this time. It looks more real instead of just drawn. I did go a little to heavy on the shadows in some places yet had to stop before it got muddy.

I will need to practice noses and mouths alone more. I think I will do that this wk and the next some.

Sep 26, 2008

Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel

I think I will try to find this book. Here are some quotes out of the book that some one sent me.

When I read affirmations like the ones below I think WOW, to grow in art is to grow in life. We can take the lessens learned at the drawing table to real life. We can take our creativity and use it to problem solve and see the picture in a different way just as if we are trying to work in a new medium.

On Rejection:"I will get rejected. And I can stand rejection: but not in the absence of an occasional victory. I must and will have successes. As great as the pain of rejection may be, I will risk inviting it by showing my art in the world; and to achieve the successes I need, I will do my best work and unravel the mysteries of the marketplace."Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel

On Persistence: cont'd:"Keep spiritually sound and be persistent. Persistence is the key. Just never stop believing in your dream." Deborah Aquila, as quoted in Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel

On Persistence:"Who wouldn't give up? Another dozen canvases ruined. Another year without a decent-paying role. Another novel that never quite came alive. Another band self-destructing. Another ten auditions and nothing; another twenty query letters and nothing; another fruitless round of mailing out slides. Who wouldn't give up? Only the persistent artist. She lives through all this and by so doing retains the chance of becoming the exception."Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel

On Patience:"Patience is not only a virtue: it is so necessary that its absence will doom an artist. An "impatient novelist," an "impatient sculptor," an "impatient violinist" must grow frustrated and unhappy. How much patience is required to parent children? To wait for the flowering of things that do not bloom until the springtime? An artist can feel impatient stalled at the checkout counter if she likes: but with regard to her work she must maintain a deep, abiding patience."Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel

On Painting:"Whatever my medium, however I am to be an artist, I can learn from O'Keefe and van Gogh, from Rembrandt and Matisse. I can see, feel, and dream like a painter; I can bring a painterly texture to my next song and a painterly look to my next film. I am a visual artist." Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel

Sail away

I let a real neat kid draw in my journal.

Doc's Waiting Room

I drew this yesterday while waiting to see my doctor. The chair was supposed to be a couch but I did not have room on the paper to draw the couch. Hey it is my art so I figured I can turn it into a chair if I want to :).I drew the lamp to big. I suppose if I thought it out before hand I could have put the lamp at the other end of the paper or put the drawing jounal side ways and then there would of been room. Live and learn I guess.

Hat and eyes

While I was waiting for some one I drew his hat on the coffee table, and some duddles.


Just some eyes out of my journal.


This sits on my drawing desk. The Octopus does not have any hair so I added it. Hey!!! Some times you just gotta be silly and have fun at it.

The nose knows

Never been much good at the nose. These I think are the best ones I have done.

Follow your nose. That wonderful smell. You know Tucan Sam the Fruit Loops bird? When I was a kid that was one of my favorite cereals.

Sep 23, 2008


I drew this while at church. The purse was hanging on the back of the chair in front of me. Gee, I wonder what the preacher would have thought. I did pay attention to the message but right now it escapes me.

The Brief Case

I drew this while waiting for my lawyer in the court house. It truly did help decrease my anxiety while waiting. This is my lawyer’s brief case.
This is drawn with a fine PITT Pen and an ink brush pen was used for some of the shadows.

Peanut Butter Fly

I brought a jar of peanuts to work and had some time on my hands. This was drawn with a black ball point pen. As far as the peanut butter fly……Ha!!! Ha!!! What can I say? Some times I just need to stop and be silly.


While sitting at work I spotted this smiling face with pens and pencils in it. I used a black ball point pen to draw this.
Having my journal handy with me all the time really helps.

First Color

This is my first real try with color. I first drew with graphite and then had fun with oil pastels. I enjoyed doing this. It was a good change from working in black and white.

Favorite Book

This drawing was done with a ball point pen while at a table during a bowling banquet.
The cup was on the table, and I decided to add the book. The book is my favorite, the bible. In Psalm 66 it says I will wait on the Lord. He alone is my salvation. I shall not be greatly moved.
Do you like me at times want things to change quickly like our culture with the fast food mentality? Me I become impatient and need to be reminded that some times it is best to be still and know that He is God, and wait on Him.
I need to remember that life is like art. A process of growth, yet to grow I must go through the process and it will improve and get better.

Sep 21, 2008


This being the first portrait I have done I am quite happy with the way it turned out. Yes it needs work but you know what they say. Practice!!! Practice!!! Practice!!!!

I really had fun drawing this.