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Friday, December 24, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Did this doodle during a staff meeting this week (I was paying attention I promise). No planning, just doodling. I'm always surprised at what appears as I doodle. I wonder what it means? I better take this to my next counseling session. :-)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Yesterday we spent a bit of time in "Garden of the Gods". I just had to try and capture this set of outcroppings known as "The Three Graces". Amazing!!
My Moleskine is full so I used a larger format sketchbook this day. I kinda like the size of it.
If you know me, you know I like to doodle during meetings and during church. Doodling helps me to pay attention. During sermons I like to focus my doodling to bring a visual element to the message. This is what came out of my pen this morning in church.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sandee and I went on another hike today. This time we hit Cheyenne Canon and took the Columbine Trail. It was way too cold and windy to stay still and do a sketch on site, so I took a photo and make my sketch at home. I loaded the photo on to my laptop and then did my sketch as if I were standing on location.
Friday, November 26, 2010
I am trying to figure out how to draw faces. The face of Lincoln is extremely interesting to draw. Not a bad start. I love the shadows in this picture.
I have very pleasant memories from elementary school of Lincoln's framed face looking down on all of us in our classroom.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This week I was able to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Wow. It's a very moving thing to be in that hall. The sculpture is stunning. Thanks to Bill and Debbie Bateman for taking me there. I took this picture with my iphone.
Of course, I had to do a sketch. It was a great way to relax after attending and speaking at a two-day teacher conference.
Inking the pencil sketch made the time on my flight from DC to Colorado go by quickly. It's a great thing to find a creative release through sketching. Have you found your creative release? I have a brother who uses golf to unstring the bow. One of my other brothers raises work horses as his hobby.
I'm getting quite comfortable with drawing on airplanes. It's fun to talk with seat-mates who are curious about what I'm doing. The other day, one guy blurted out, "Are you an architect?!?" I wish I was.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I was able to do a sketch of the cool Anaheim Arena. Making this sketch was a good way to unstring the bow after two days at an ACSI teacher convention.
As usual I made a quick pencil sketch - I had to work fast because it was getting dark and chilly.
I applied ink to the drawing on my flight from Anaheim to Philadelphia. Thankfully, I got an upgrade to United First so I had lots of room to myself.
Almost finished on the flight.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This is the finished product. It was fun to be in Chicago on the campus of Moody Bible Institute for the day. I had to sneak outside and make a sketch of the front of Crowell Hall. I love the look at that entrance.
See my drawing process below.
I always start with a pencil sketch. I try to work as quickly as I can - getting as much detail as I can. It was cold in Chicago this day so I worked extra fast.
I was able to finish the pen work on my flight from Chicago to Anaheim today. Thankfully, it was a smooth flight. Drawing made my four hour flight speed by.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I was able to fit in a few moments to make an "unstring the bow" sketch in Arizona this week.
I'm not used to seeing palm trees. Wow. Those things are magnificent.
The weather wasn't bad either. It was in the 90s and its November!
It was great to meet old friends at Malee's Thai Bistro - man I LOVE Thai food.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sandee and I went on another hike today - just "unstringing the bow" after my trip to California. This time we went to Ute Valley Park and we found this little rock formation. I just HAD to try and sketch it. It was great to be outdoors and to draw God's good creation.
I was in Sacramento this week to attend an ACSI convention. I had a few moments and so I was able to sketch the California Capital building. I found the sketching to be very relaxing.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Matt's sermon today was full of visual imagery. He started with "Doubting" Thomas from John 21. I really liked his use of two chairs - one rickety, and one strong. We make faith-based-upon-evidence decisions all the time.
Oh, I noticed I put the wrong date on my sketch.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I haven't done watercolor in a very long time. I really like the top half of this painting the best. I need to keep practicing this artform. No matter - it's still a wonderful way to relax and unstring the bow after a full week of work.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I'm trying watercolor again today. It's been a long time since I've tried it. More than anything I love this creative process - it's very refreshing. Everyone needs an outlet where they can express their God-given creativity - whether its watercolor painting, writing, running, playing the piano. It's a great way to relieve stress.