Miguel Rivera is chair of printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is a wonderful teacher – gentle and thoughtful. He has a great face and as soon as we met I asked if he’d model for a portrait. You can learn all about Miguel and see some of his work on his web […]
Drawing of my friend Danson – again, white and black ink pen on tinted paper. In this piece, I really LOVE the color I painted on the paper. It was so luscious I hesitated to draw over it. I’ve been layering up these colors, mixing pigment suspensions in water and using a spritzer to apply […]
Artist Archie Scott Gobber generously agreed to model for me. We had a pretty good time together — I’d asked him to bring along something of his work and I was thinking he’d bring something large I could place behind him when I photographed him. He brought some very small stuff, actually and I got […]
Famous artist Eric Fischl and film-producer Donald Rosenfeld were in Kansas City to select work for the Kansas City Collection and selected my work. At the same time, Eric introduced the idea of America Now and Here and included my “Michael” drawing in the America Now and Here show the following year.
Robin Carnahan portrait completed April 14, 2011. I first tinted the paper a deep blue using Prussian Blue and Carbon Black pigment suspensions in water. Then I drew in layers of white ink, blue ink, and black ink back and forth until I felt the drawing was no longer improved.
REALLY love this one! I was tempted to title it “this is not Joe’s face” after Magritte’s famous not-a-pipe. In 1991 I was in Japan with a group of US, Canadian, and European karate guys led by Tsutomu Ohshima. Ohshima Sensei organized a fabulous and exhausting tour which included visits to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto — […]
I wanted to close in on an optimal application of white ink from the new pens my stepsons Scott and Andy turned me onto at Christmas. One great characteristic of this white ink is that it is not 100% opaque. Subsequent layers of line further whiten earlier layers. This semi-opaque (or semi-transparent) quality is pretty […]
I’ve mentioned before that I’m fascinated by Renaissance drawings on tinted paper with light and dark inks or chalk and charcoal. Here are some examples by Albrecht Durer painted in white and black with a brush on tinted paper: My kids know of my interest — for Christmas Scott and Andy gave me a variety […]
While I began to study fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania, I became interested in Renaissance drawing, especially silverpoint drawings by Da Vinci which were illustrated in books in the Furness Building’s fine arts library. I copied many in pen and ink and although I didn’t understand how they had been made, the silverpoints […]
October 26, 2010 I completed an edition of five of this 12-block woodcut (77 x 22 inches):