Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Day at the Boston Museum of Fine Art

The Visual Art faculty to all the first year students from the Visual Arts Department at Lyndon State College  to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts yesterday. I took the opportunity to demonstrate sketching to the Animation and Illustration students while we were in the Impressionist Room. It was fun to see them take to sketching so quickly. While no one was around Degas Sculpture, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer I quickly sketched the room. When Someone came to look at it, I quickly drew them in before they moved on. 

I was also able to see a James Montgomery Flagg's print of the “I Want You” poster and J.C. Lyendecker's print of the US bond poster. It was incredible seeing them up close. I learned so much about their brush strokes.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sketches of Vermont

Over the Labor day weekend I spent some time eating at some great restaurants and sketching the towns. On Friday night Julia and I went to Newport and ate at The East Side Restaurant. It is located along Lake Memphremagog. The bottom sketch is the view of Newport form our table on the deck. I was grateful for the view of the lake, the beauty of the surroundings and more importantly the time with Julia.

On Monday, after picking up illustrations for this weeks Vermont Illustration Exhibit in Montpelier, I took my two daughters to The Skinny Pancake and we had two great dessert crepes. The top sketch is the view of the capital building from our table outside. It was a wonderful day with my daughters.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vermont Illustrators Exhibit

Next Thursday, September 4th at 6 pm will be the opening of the exhibit, Vermont Illustrators, in the Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College. 

This has been something I have wanted to do for a number of years. I am excited to finally see it come about. I am also thrilled to exhibit my work alongside some great illustrators. They have all been wonderful to work with.

If you are in the area and can visit please do.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Bow Tie Guy

I have found it helpful to take a break from all that is needed to do and just draw something for the pure enjoyment of drawing.

I like to add spot illustrations that relate to my classes on the syllabi. It is my fun way of branding myself and my classes. I like to see if the students get the connection between the illustration and the course and it is just fun.

For years I have had an old sketch on my Portfolio and Senior Thesis syllabi that I just didn't feel was the right fit. While feeling overwhelmed with planning for the semester and other stresses, I took a much needed break and drew this out. It had been floating around in my head for some time and needed to get to paper.

I also find drawing elephants particularly challenging. Every time I think I have them down I realize there is something new about their form. They are fascinatingly awkward and odd.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Preliminary sketches

With class preparations, family time, home upkeep, and church responsibilities I have not made much time for my art work this summer. I have been doing some writing of children's books to submit to potential publishers (more info to come as I get to the sketching stages), and sketching. I am also preparing for the upcoming Vermont Illustrators Exhibit in the Quimby Gallery this fall. To my knowledge it is the first of its kind.

Here are a few sketches of ideas I have been working on for my Bow Tie Guy Series. It is a chimera, enfield and owl bear.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Sketching: Cape Neddick Lighthouse

On Monday, we visited the Cape Neddick Light House and Long Sand Beach in York, Maine. I love the coast of Maine. It is so majestic and beautiful.

I had a few minutes to sit and sketch this, before we had to leave and it started raining. I hope to visit again and spend more time drawing and seeing more of the coast.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Sketching: Happy 4th of July

A few weeks ago My family and I visited the Minute Man National Historical Park in Lincoln Massachusetts. Not only is the park beautiful to walk through, the presentations and depictions of the events that lead up to the Revolutionary War were fascinating. I am surprised at how much they did not cover in my early education with regards to the Battle of Lexington. This is a place I want to return to again and spend more time. I also want a hat like that.