Friday, January 30, 2015


This is Jason. I first met him about 10 years ago when he was getting into triathlons. For several years we would ride together and compete in triathlons. These days he is also a CrossFit animal. 

12x17 watercolor, ink, and pencil in my big Moleskine sketchbook. #149

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


This is April. She is one of my cousins living in Illinois.

Pencil, ink, and watercolor in a 12x17 Moleskine sketchbook.

Friday, January 23, 2015


This is Lindsey. She is the daughter of one of my cousins in Texas. 

9x12 Acrylic, ink, and pencil. #145

Thursday, January 22, 2015


This is Nancy. She is my stepmother's daughter-in-law and is a beautiful and kind woman with a charming Texas accent. I thought this was a poignant moment in her life as she danced with her oldest son at his wedding. 

12x16 oil and pencil on paper. # 144

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


This is Geoff - one of my very best friends. I don't need to write much about him. For me, the portrait says it all.

17x11 pencil and watercolor on Twinrocker. #141

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

River at 8 Months

In Life Drawing it is unusual to have the opportunity to draw a pregnant woman - especially at 8 months.But the stars aligned and it happened on Wednesday night right here in Camden, Maine. This was the last pose of the night - about 20 minutes. 


This is Maria. We trekked through Thailand a few years ago. This portrait was done from one of the photos taken while we were hiking through some caves there.

7x15 watercolor, ink, and gouache. #139

Thursday, January 15, 2015


This is Orling. She is an urban sketching friend living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I thought I posted her a few weeks ago but it turned out that it was her niece. This is definitely Orling.

6x6 ink, pencil and watercolor.

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

A Sufi Tale

A Sufi tale and an experiment with inks - Lamy 2.0 with Alt Goldgrun and dipped into Noodlers Marine Green and Apache Sunset.

Scout - Alternate sketch

This is Scout. I posted her last year but this is the first sketch and today is her birthday.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


This is Gina. I have known her since I was 5 years old. She was like a sister, then a first crush, and ultimately a great friend. 

8x10 artgraph and graphite in my Grand Portrait Sketchbook. #137

Friday, January 9, 2015


This is Ricardo. He is an urban sketching friend living in Brazil.

8x10 watercolor and pencil. #136

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


This is Luis. I traveled through Thailand with him a few years ago. He is an Architect living in Darwin, Australia. He has awesome hair. I remember he wore a t-shirt one night our group went out to dinner that said "Architects do it with Models". 

9x9 watercolor and pencil with Artrage. #134


This is Sandy.She was my girlfriend the last couple of years in college. She lives in Italy now, is married to an Italian professor and has two beautiful children. 

15x19 watercolor and pencil. #133

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


This is Dana. He is a cycling friend. I rarely see him from the front. I'm always behind him trying to keep up. 

8x12 watercolor and ink. #130