Monday, February 24, 2014


To add a digital background texture to a charcoal life drawing, I used a page from the Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated manuscript from a monastery off the coast of Northumberland (in northern England) from around the year 700. The Gospels are on display in the British Library in London.

The Lindisfarne Gospels, lavishly illustrated and hand lettered with incredible skill and artistry, are thought to have been created in a monastery scriptorium by Eadfrith, a monk who became the Bishop of Lindisfarne in 698 and died in 721.

40" x 30"

I kind of doubt that Eadfrith had this kind of art in mind as he slaved away in the scriptorium. 

Yep, kinda doubt it. 

Sort of. 




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bandana and Plaid Shirt

One of our favorite Tuesday night models posed for our group last night. Word is getting out about our Tuesday night group and we consistently have more than a dozen artists in attendance. Last night there were 15 artists, with a couple of regulars missing. Pretty good considering the fact that one year ago attendance was low enough to make us wonder if we could afford to continue.

Bandana and Plaid Shirt
Charcoal and pastel on Canson paper
24" x 18"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Skin Deep Extras

In conjunction with the historic Skin Deep exhibit of life drawings that is destined to shake up the art scene in Santa Fe, Paris, and New York, a snazzy collection of Skin Deep products is being offered at CafePress.  A link will be posted here soon for the 66-page, souvenir Skin Deep Exhibit catalog.

Skin Deep All Over T-shirt, front and back

Black T-shirt
Large Mug

White T-Shirt

Skin Deep Exhibit

Our Tuesday night drawing group has announced an exhibition of life drawings that were made during the course of a Tuesday night session. 

16 artists are participating. Each artists was allowed to select, at their own discretion, up to three drawings for the show.

A 66-page exhibit catalog will be given to each artist and to the models that we’ve drawn throughout the past year or so. Additional copies of the catalog will be available at the show, and on, at a ridiculously low price.

The show features a wide selection of styles and techniques of poses that varied from several minutes long to just under 1 hour, exhibiting a rawness and spontaneity that is both refreshing and compelling.

Anodized Art

I'm experimenting with images printed on aluminum. I use sketches from the Tuesday night life drawing group as reference to make vector art versions of the drawing in Adobe Illustrator, then import the vector art into Photoshop CC to add various effects and background textures. The MetalPrint process should result in vibrant colors, although I'm waiting for a test print to see the results.

I’m also collaborating with a artist/jeweler/metallurgist to explore the possibilities of adding special metal enhancements, such as sterling silver, to the aluminum surface.

Blowing Kisses, detail
Anodized aluminum

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sonnet 30

Sonnet 30
Digital print on metal
16 x 18