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Here’s another picture from my Dragon Series. This one is called, “All In -When You Play Cards With Dragons You Only Cheat Once…” I was thinking back to my security days at the Poker Room in the old Leelanau Sands Casino. I would watch the poker players faces as they bluffed, bantered, and boasted to Read more about All-In[…]
Back in the Summer of ‘89, I sailed the Great Lakes as deckhand aboard the “Calcite ll.” We finished the season in January, at Frasier Shipyard in Superior, WI. It was a bitter-cold but beautiful place; ships all about, with the high bluffs and bright lights of Duluth just across the river – counting down Read more about Lay Up[…]
In my visits with students in environmental schools and nature programs, I always look forward to drawing birds. We draw from observation; fast gesture sketches of birds at the feeders and in flight. We render more slowly, from taxidermy specimens, photos and reference books. Sometimes, we pull dead birds from the freezer, (window strikes), for Read more about The Imposter[…]
One Summer, long ago, we packed the car for a rare Family Vacation: A drive from Michigan to Texas to visit my Wife’s Mom and family. The twins were not yet teens but were already steeped in a well-practiced, highly audible, sibling rivalry, sure to make the car feel smaller by the mile. Back Read more about Aukwicher Squawking![…]
This is a drawing of the “Cora A,” a ship that once sailed the Great Lakes. I sketched first in pen & ink, then added watercolor. I learned to sail at an early age, built models, and drew ships of all kinds. I was most fascinated with the history of schooners and other ships of Read more about Cora-A[…]
“Blingo is my Name Yo’!” One day I was waiting for my family at the mall, sketching people as they passed by. Sometimes my sketches look like people. More often, they become dragons. I noticed a strong, matronly woman standing next to a lanky teenager. I sketched her as she was looking off into the Read more about “Blingo is my Name Yo’!”[…]
This piece is called,”Tip-Toe Through the Night.” It was inspired by my cat ‘Wogs’, the Night Stalker. I explored the traditional technique of glazing transparent reds, layer upon layer, to create a jazz-dancing dragon with an oriental flare.
“Decorate” My dad tells me that one day long ago, he was sitting down by the beach with our yellow lab, Blondie. He had his sketchbook handy so he decided to draw her. He drew the shape of her head, and then she ran off. He then tried to add some details to her face Read more about Decorate[…]
“Fisherman’s Luck” Some friends went out fishing in the Florida Keys. They lost their engine with a storm coming up and were helpless at sea. They made the most of it and fished the day away. They had a great time. It was a good catch, and they were towed to port as the storm Read more about Fisherman’s Luck[…]