Year: 2006

  • New Sketch

    I brought a few sheets of Bristol paper with me to Denver, not to mention my moleskine sketchbook. I’ve been working mostly in pen on small portraits in my moleskine. But I wanted to do something in pencil with a little more room. At home I’ve been working on a painting of Crystal, but I’m…

  • Good Grief… not again.

    At present, what seems to be the larger brother of the last storm, which dumped two feet of snow on us, is currently pummeling Denver. Expectations are that it will let up some time on Sunday. Julie and I were scheduled to return home on Saturday. The blizzard last week stopped all flights into and…

  • Winter Update

    It hasn’t stopped snowing here. Not sure how many feet of snow we’ve got at this point, but the photo should give you an idea. It’s gotten so deep that the satellite dish is completely covered, so we’ve got no Tele. Hope that the internet conn…..

  • White-out in Colorado

    As you may have heard, last week we had a powerful windstorm in Oregon. Winds were upwards of 100 mph and we lost power for several hours (some people are still without power now, nearly a week later). Now we’re visiting with Julie’s parents in Denver (acutally Littleton), and today we’re in the middle of…

  • Portrait Commission

    I was recently given the opportunity to execute a large double-portrait drawing for a private collection. It’s one of the larger drawing that I’ve completed 20″ x 26″ and was done on Fabriano Artistico Hot Press 140lb paper. The paper seems to be a good mix between the Rives BFK paper that I used for…

  • Lessons and Carols

    It’s time again for my Lessons and Carols post. As you may or may not recall, for the past 3 years, I have participated in the choir for our university convocation’s Lessons and Carols service. The choir is composed of volunteer staff and students at Willamette, and we get about 4 hours of practice to…

  • In Media Res

    I’ve been working on a couple of portrait paintings recently. I think I’m starting to find a studio process that is going to work for me. This isn’t yet finished, but it’s coming along well, so Julie asked me to post an image of the in-progress work. The photo could be a little better. It…

  • (Belated) Thanksgiving Recap 2006

    Jeremy thought I should be the one to post about our Thanksgiving dinner this year, probably because he spent most of the day out in his studio painting while I was in the kitchen. I guess that’s fair. We did a fairly traditional Thanksgiving feast for the two of us, in thanks for the opportunity…

  • At War with Iran

    The Great Satan, that’s what they call us. The Axis of Evil, that’s what we call them. We can’t forgive them for the 1979 kidnappings and takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran. They can’t forgive us for overthrowing their elected leaders and installing the Shah in 1953. We see their president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as…

  • New Drawing: Shaun

    Late last night (early this morning?) I finished a drawing that I started on Saturday. It’s a 20″x14″ pencil drawing of my brother. It is on the same Fabriano paper that I did my most recent self portrait. I really enjoy working with that paper; it fights you just the right amount. Here’s the image…

  • Our Fine Four-Fendered Friend

    This weekend, Jeremy and I rented a car to do errands, take the ferrets up to the vet, and generally get out of Salem. The rental agency gave us a PT Cruiser, a car we had both been a bit enamored of, but after riding around in it for two and a half days, I…

  • A Few Updates

    I haven’t posted much on the blog of late, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Besides all the cooking I’ve been doing (trying to take advantage of the last few farmer’s markets of the season–they end in October around here), I’ve been occupied with coordinating a printmaking exchange for Baren Forum and finishing…