Been busy in the studio, getting ready for a group show at Tucson International Airport. Here's the announcement:
And I didn't get good photos of the framed paintings before I delivered them to the airport, but here are a few pics I took when they were just finished. I have 8 pieces in the show, these are three of them:
New Year's resolution: Keep up with the blog(s)!
If you're reading this, thank you very much for checking in, and I wish you a wondrous and fulfilling 2017. I've been busy with writing projects for the past few months and haven't done much art, so my drawing chops are rusty. Nevertheless, I throw myself at your mercy, dear readers, to post this first sketch of the year:
Walter chowing down at last light of a cool overcast day. It stopped raining long enough for us to get a ride in this afternoon. I dug out his old packs and slung the front ones over the horn, as a superstitious gesture to invoke another journey. To my surprise Walter seemed very pleased - he perked up and stepped out briskly, ears flopping in rhythm to a good pace, relaxed and focused. I do believe he misses the road.
What, it's 2016 already? How did that happen?
Took Walter out for the annual New Years Day ride, took a nice arty photo with my new even-less-smart-than-the-one-it-replaced phone, but can't transfer the pic to my laptop. You'll just have to take my word for it - it was a beautiful day in the desert.
We're both more than ready to put the past year to bed and get off to a fresh start. Walter's old Abetta saddle now has holes in the fenders where they're worn clear through. It seems symbolic of something I can't quite grasp.
My little mule will be 19 or older this year (depends on which vet you ask). How did I expect him to remain frozen in time? Yet his aging takes me by surprise. As does my own, I suppose.
The mystery is deep, my friends. Happy New Year!
Check out the "PAINTINGS" page to see this and other commissions (and a few non-commissioned portraits) from the past few months. This one is an ink wash with accents added in watercolor. Nick is a short dog with a big personality, it was great fun capturing his look!