Saturday, August 30, 2014


This is Pedro. He is an urban sketching friend and he lives in Portugal.
This is my second watercolor portrait on Yupo - not really paper - more like a sheet of plastic. Weird stuff. I like it.
7"x11" watercolor and pencil on Yupo. Portrait #79

Friday, August 29, 2014


This is Chuck. He is a Realtor and a really nice guy. When my wife was first starting out in real estate a few years ago, he was like a mentor to her. He would help her get through difficult or complicated transactions. I would see him at company parties all the time and he would always have a beer in his right hand.

18"x24" oil on canvas. Portrait #78

Thursday, August 28, 2014


This is Elizabeth. She's an urban sketching friend and she lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

This is my largest portrait so far. I put myself in the photo to give it some scale. It doesn't feel finished to me but it has a freshness that I like. I plan to come back and work on it some more. I'll post a final one if I do.

5'x6' spray paint and acrylic.

Monday, August 25, 2014


This is Morgan. I ride bikes with him occasionally. He used to own a hot dog food truck down by Camden Harbor. I would bike with him in the morning and buy a hot dog from him just a few hours later. He gave up the hot dog gig a few years ago and became a banker. He tells great stories.

18"x24" oil on canvas

Saturday, August 23, 2014


This is Alison. She is one of my second cousins and she lives in Houston, Texas. It is especially interesting for me when I am drawing family members. As I was drawing Alison, I would catch glimpses of my grandmother and especially my grandmother's sister, who was Alison's grandmother. And along with these resemblances come memories. Unfortunately, I don't have many memories with Alison. Our lives have been separate enough by distance and age that our paths rarely cross.
9"x12" graphite on watercolor paper.

Friday, August 22, 2014


This is Pete. I remember reading an article in our local newspaper about 12 years ago that told the story of him competing in an Ironman triathlon. I thought that was incredibly difficult, amazing and inspirational and decided I should meet this Ironman guy. About a week later I get a call from someone asking if I was available to do some design drawings for a house that he was renovating. It turned out to be Pete!

That was the beginning of our friendship. I went on to work with Pete and his family to renovate their home and we trained together for a couple of years running and riding bikes together until I ultimately completed the same Ironman (Wisconsin) that he had done a few years earlier.

9"x12" pencil and watercolor.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This is Vicente. He is an urban sketching friend and he lives in Portugal.
8"x10" watercolor in my Grand Portrait Handbook Journal

Monday, August 18, 2014


This is Beth. I met her a few years ago when I started learning how to paint with oils. At first I was going to do an oil painting of her as a sort of homage to our shared medium but then I thought it was too obvious a choice. I chose digital because about the only time we communicate these days is through the computer.

I sketched this on my Samsung Note 10.1 tablet using an app that came with the tablet called S Note. The drawing tools in this app are pretty limited but the results are kind of fun.

Friday, August 15, 2014


This is Scout. She looks so peaceful here in this portrait but it's a contradiction.
When I first saw her she was on stage performing at the piano and I was sketching the musicians. I thought "great, a piano player. Maybe I can get a good sketch. Piano players don't move near as much as guitar players do, right?" Wrong. She was all over the place belting out her song. Legs flying every which way. I just put down my pencil and watched in amazement. This girl can sing AND play AND dance. She not only feels the music - she IS the music.
10"x17" Acrylic and spray paint on canvas.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


This is Emilayah. She was 12 or 13 when I first met her in 2009. My then 12 year old son and I took an RV trip down to Nashville, Tennessee to visit my sister who is a singer and songwriter there. Emilayah is the daughter of one of my sisters friends and we ended up hanging out at their pool one steaming hot Nashville afternoon.
Well, my son and Emilayah took a liking to one another and before long I wasn't sure if we could tear them away from each other. Phone numbers were exchanged and the texting commenced. As these tween romances go it didn't last long and they have both moved on but we have all made a connection with one another that has lasted.
She must be 18 or 19 now and has grown into a beautiful young woman.
12"x24" Oil on Canvas.