Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
This is Karen. She got in touch with me a few years ago to help her and a group of kids with the design of a sculpture for a contest that would benefit our local food pantry. The rules of the contest required the kids to collect 1000 cans of food and then construct a sculpture. My job was to figure out how to build the sculpture using the cans and provide some drawings the kids could use to construct it.
Anyway, she does all sorts of cool volunteer stuff working with the Rotary and youth groups. Also, a couple of years ago she posted a photo a day of her morning walk - amazing sunrise shots of our picturesque little town.
8x10 pencil and watercolor. #148
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
This is Katie. Before I ever met Katie, I knew her twin sister, Jamie, from a painting class I was taking. So when Katie showed up one Saturday morning for a group ride I assumed it was Jamie and said something, like, "Wow! I didn't know you were a bike rider." She kindly helped me sort it out the way she probably has done hundreds of times in her life but my brain still doesn't easily sort this identical twin thing out and that is reflected in this portrait.
12x20 pencil and watercolor. #147
Monday, January 26, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
This is Richard. I wouldn't be where I am today without him. Literally.
About 10 years ago he walked into my little studio in downtown Camden and asked me if I knew of any architects that might want to move to a really nice space in a building he owned. At the time I was looking to expand so I told him I would be interested in taking a look at it. I fell in love with the space and rented it on the spot. I have practiced architecture and art here since that day and don't have any plans to move.
Richard is also an entrepreneur and has been an innovator and pioneer in the digital news industry and is a very active member in our local community.
7x11 pencil and gouache with some Artrage. #143
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This is Laura. I used to go on training rides with her and her then fiancee Sean, who I portrayed a couple of months ago. They got married about 10 years ago and live in Portland now and love it. She's also a runner. This portrait is based on a photo that was taken at the epic Reach the Beach Relay Race.
8x10.5 pencil and watercolor. #142
Monday, January 19, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
This is Judy. I painted this from a black and white photo taken when she younger (though I'm sure color film existed then;). I imagine her outside of her dorm singing a Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez song about a social or environmental cause. She and her husband live simply in a beautiful, environmentally friendly house and grow their own food. She's still singing that tune in the way she lives her life.
17x13 watercolor and ink. #140
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
This is Donald. He is an artist friend and an amazing painter - somewhat in the style of Jackson Pollock but with a representational bent. He throws a lot of paint around - buckets of it. I want to try a style of portraiture using his technique some day but I think I'll have to collect some more paint first.
Here he is contemplating his next move.
18x12 watercolor and pencil. #138
Monday, January 12, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
This is Lapin. He's a rockstar urban sketcher. I don't know his real name but, like Sting, he doesn't need one. It's french for Rabbit and he hops around Europe drawing like nobody I know. Most urban sketchers that have attended conferences know Lapin's gaze as he draws your portrait. He also has a thing for drawing old cars and he does all of his drawings almost exclusively in old blank accounting books.
22x15 watercolor, pencil and Artrage. #135
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
This is Hew. He is one of my cousins living in Texas and the closest living thing to a cowboy I know. I remember when we were kids driving around in a pickup on my granddad's ranch in Texas with shotguns in the rack behind our heads. I think we must have been only 14 or 15 years old. Good times...
8x10 pencil. #132
Friday, January 2, 2015
This is James. Our parents were good friends when we were growing up in Houston. He's a real estate broker in Texas. We spent a lot of time together many years ago when I was trying to find the perfect house to buy, renovate and resell. Actually, looking back on it, his patience was extraordinary.
12x12 watercolor, pencil and ink. #131