My friend, accomplished figurative ceramist Misty Gamble, teaches Foundations at the Kansas City Art Institute agreed to model for me wearing her powder-blue faux fur jacket. She was super-animated and great to work with and for. I don’t really know ‘why’, but it seemed to me that a deep green paper color would suit this [...]
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 — [...]
Images of new 85 x 43 inch pen and ink drawing of dancer and choreographer Jennifer Owen completed June 13, 2010.
Late last year, the Beach Museum of Art commissioned me to produce an edition of 30 prints in connection with the exhibition of my work there (which opened April 14, 2009). The prints were to be no larger than 10×15 inches and ‘suitable for family viewing.’ Bill North and I had some interesting discussions about [...]
Today, after 11 days non-stop drawing, I completed a large pen and ink drawing of Linda which sorta ‘marries’ my long interest in tiles and spirals with the squiggly cross-hatched drawings of recent years. I think it’s pretty successful and depicts my angelic wife (who doesn’t much mind my long hours in studio) with a [...]
I don’t know that I so much completed this drawing today as simply called it ‘done’. Either way, I’m moving on! “Annette” is my mother-in-law and she does NOT appreciate this portrait at all — she thinks it makes her look too old and wrinkly (she’s only eighty-one years old, after all) and just hates [...]
“Crosby” okubi-e (big-head picture), 84 x 45 inch pen and ink drawing is complete. This one is by far the most complex and involved drawing I’ve attempted with almost twice the line density of any previous drawing and over 10 million lines of code required to guide the machine movement. About three weeks to resolve [...]
When my “Sarah” drawing was first exhibited at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the founder’s wife appreciated it and invited me to create a similar life-size portrait of her husband, Crosby, a giant of a man and huge patron of the arts. They loved this portrait and it was later purchased by the museum [...]
Today I completed “Rick”, another large scale pen and ink drawing, this one measuring 75 x 45 inches on Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper.
On March 19, 2007 after 240 hours of continuous drawing with pen and ink, I completed “Anthony”, a pen and ink drawing 83 x 45 inches on Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper.