Monday, December 15, 2008

random sketches, students

Here are some random sketches of students working on their final drawings.
Grades are in and just a bit a few ends to tie up and I am on holiday break.
I mistakenly decided to rearrange one thing in my studio and now it is all torn up. I have to get it back in order before I can begin working on paintings. I hope it only takes one more day, but I have a feeling it may take longer than that.

Monday, December 8, 2008


I wanted to come up with a small gift item for a little holiday show I am participating in this upcoming weekend. I also wanted to make it from a previously used item. Recycled art.
SO... I tried painting on old cds which of course I have around. I painted a base of blackboard paint on the cd and then I drew on it with derwent drawing pencils, which I then fixed and sealed with matte medium. I am making them into little clocks with some works I got at a surplus place. I have been having a great deal of fun with these. Here is a sample of 5 of the many I have made so far. I have enjoyed playing with the round format and have lots of other ideas to expanc on this. If you need to get rid of old cds you don't need anymore, I will gladly take them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

a visitor at the firestation

My town studio is across the street from a fire station. I sometimes sit downstairs by the door and draw the many activites of the firemen. This day they had a visit from a woman.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

more civic duty drawings

Although I get irritated with having to do my civic duty, it gives me a great chance to work in my sketchbook and I do find watching people to be oh so interesting.

Monday, October 20, 2008

art opening

Art show opening
7-9 Oct 24
Marietta College
Hermann Fine Arts Center


"Ralphie rules the day"
Here is a bad photo of the piece I will be showing.
Actually, this photo was taken before I was was truly a mixed media piece, I dug through all of the excess stuff in my studio searching for things to use. I discovered pieces that I had totally forgotten about.
Cyanotype, silk screen, monotype, ceramic, paper clay, florist foam, sticky tac and acrylic paint along with found and natural materials.
Hope to see you there

This is a different kind of work from my usual fare as you can see from the rest of the images on this blog. It was a lot of work, and I had a lot of angst over it. Oh right, I have angst whenever I am producing work. Always fun to start, but the transition from start to finish can be full of stress and anxiety.

Monday, October 6, 2008

random sketches from brighter day natural foods

Marty m playing bass on Fridays and a lady getting ready to eat that I sketched while she wasn't looking.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Stuart's Opera House

allison moorer, steve earle and random people at Stuart's Opera House
Summer '08

I am glad I didn't sit behind this guy in the big hat!

Monday, September 22, 2008

civic duty, part one

oops, forgot my sketchbbook, so I had to draw on whatever was handy.
These sketches are from a couple of years ago. While in the process of scanning sketch books. I came across these and remembered how much I enjoyed drawing them so I decided to post them. People are so fascinating to look at.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

cocoon house

24x36" liquid and open acrylic on wood panel

This is one of my first experiments with a new kind of paint (Golden open acrylic). I admit to struggling with it at first, as it is very different from the liquid acrylic I am used to using. It doesn't dry nearly as fast as other acrylics I have used and feels very much like oil paint to me. I put some on a covered pallet over 2 weeks ago and it is still wet and workable. I am starting to love it.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fur Peace Ranch, sketches

Quick sketchbook drawings.
Chris Smither, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassady.
Had a great time, dinner in Athens at Salaam, including a belly dancer, then off to the wonderful concert.