Hal Wert teaches History at Kansas City Art Institute. Hal was Vice President of KCAI in 1988 when students there asked me to teach them karate and self defense. I made an appointment and met Hal (he was wearing a business suit and tie). I asked whether the school would allow me to teach and […]
Carrie, Ross, and Johanna in yukata (summer kimono). Here I was playing with black and white ink over intense colors. The colors were pigment dispersions in water – the robe and body colors were brushed onto the paper register with the eventual drawing, then protected with a cut-out mylar mask while the background colors were […]
After a three-day karate special training, I asked one of my juniors, Dinh Hoang, if he would model for me. His eyes had ‘that look’ people get after hard practice, and I wanted to show that kind of metaphysical clarity. Details of completed drawing Details of work in progress
Small drawing, unusually narrative, colors just a teeny tiny bit saturated.
I painted a large sheet of heavy watercolor paper with numerous layers of red, yellow, and blue pigments in water, then drew in black and white ink. I particularly like that one hand is drawn only with black and the other only with white while the interplay of the squiggly ink hatches recreate the illusion […]
I was invited to design the covers for the July, 2013 Bohemian zine – four of the staff were kind enough to model for the cover drawing and the editor modeled for the ‘insert print’ which we folded up and saddle stitched inside as the centerfold.
For my 61st birthday in June of 2012, my mother-in-law treated my family and me to dinner at the fabulous Rieger Hotel Restaurant. We were seated by a very tall and slender (and gorgeous) hostess who was showing a lot of tattoo ink. I said I would love for her to model for me and gave […]
I wanted to try to realize something closer to naturalistic color. I’d tested a Japanese pen (Pilot Choose) with pigmented inks which, unlike most pens I’ve tested, would continue to write until the ink was gone. These were advertised as permanent with excellent light-fastness. I needed to learn how the colors blended when overdrawn, so […]
March 11, 2013 I completed this drawing. I painted a large sheet of exceptionally heavy hot press watercolor paper with many layers of carbon black, yellow, blue, and magenta pigment. It produced a wonderful dotty grain and the color quality, though neutral, is so satisfyingly complex and varied. I began drawing Addy and Arthur. Arthur […]
March 4, 2013 I completed a larger than life drawing over painting of my studio assistant, Madeline Cass, and her friend, Kit Landwehr. I drew the outlines of the color areas on the heavy drawing paper, then laid mylar over the drawing and hand-cut the color shapes with a sharp blade, being careful not to […]