"October" Scarecrow Drawing

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October 20 7/8 x13.5” graphite on paper.

This drawing began with my trying to work out and explore various ideas for an upcoming painting. Some of those ideas evolved and became “bigger” and I set that project aside and went off to complete this piece. Like “The Imperialist” it’s another scarecrow themed drawing which may wind up being a full blown series. “October” is drawn with graphite on a 24x18” sheet of Strathmore’s 400 series drawing paper, which has a soft warm look. The edges of the drawing have enough definition to look great under a matte cut to expose a nice 1/4” or so of paper around the outside of the drawing.

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Character Studies

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A couple of character explorations drawn with graphite on a vintage sheet of velum tracing paper as part of an upcoming project. These small studies measure approximately 4.75x3” and are shown here digitally framed.

Fruit Gone Bad V

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Fruit Gone Bad V graphite on Moleskine sketch book paper.

One last sketch before the weekend, number five in the “Fruit Gone Bad” series is a twin spin with two of our little guys inhabiting a pepper whose organic label doesn’t do much to glorify its condition. Originally drawn with graphite in my Moleskine notebook, available direct from the studio. Approximately 8.75x3.5” image size on 11.5x8” paper.

Fruit Gone Bad IV

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Fruit Gone Bad IV graphite on Moleskine sketch book paper.

Number four in what has become a series of drawings of some very questionable comestibles. If vegetables came with a prize inside like this one does maybe I would have liked them more as a kid. Originally drawn with graphite in my Moleskine notebook, available direct from the studio.

Fruit Gone Bad III

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Fruit Gone Bad III graphite on Moleskine sketch book paper.

Can’t seem to stop with what seems to have become a series of “fruit gone bad” sketches. This time based on a non-spoiled and hopefully non-inhabited sweet potato from our kitchen. Originally drawn with graphite in my Moleskine notebook, available direct from the studio.

More Fruit Gone Bad II

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Fruit Gone Bad II graphite on Moleskine sketch book paper.

I had so much fun with the last little drawing of some “fruit gone bad” that I drew another. Inspired by summer’s farmer’s markets which spring up across the weekend suburban landscape. Hey people, be careful what you bring home. Originally drawn with graphite in my Moleskine notebook, available direct from the studio. Approximately 9x6.5” image size on 11.5x8” paper.

Tentacle Drawing with Fruit

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Bad Fruit graphite sketchbook drawing

It’s been awhile since I did one of these little tentacle themed drawings so here we go. Reminding me to break out of the studio today and run some errands. Originally drawn with graphite in my Moleskine notebook, available direct from the studio. Approximately 7x6” image size on 11.5x8” paper.Sold

"September"

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September 10x10” graphite with acrylic on Strathmore Bristol.

This new piece was developed from a small ballpoint pen drawing in my sketchbook and includes a variation of the carpenter bee drawing from a previous weekend sketch. There is a lot of subtle movement in this one, all swirling around the central components of eye and bee, and a continuation of blending forms with background elements. There is a resonant symbolism along with a great attention to detail in the rendering.

Carpenter Bee Drawing

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A Carpenter Bee approximately 4.5x6” image size on 11.5x8” Moleskine paper. (Watermark does not appear on actual drawing)

Ballpoint pen rendering of a carpenter bee drawn from life in my Moleskine sketchbook. You can easily tell the carpenter bees from bumblebees because these guys have the shiny black back end instead of the bumblebees yellow fur. They also like to “drill” perfectly round 3/8” holes in wood to nest in. Amazing creatures, ahem, until they decide to nest in the trim boards of your house.