Thursday, April 26, 2012


All the wonders you seek are within yourself. -Sir Thomas Browne;
Smile, and the world smiles with you. - Anon
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. - Anon
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

So today we have a pencil drawing ... just a plain ol' carbon graphite pencil and bristol paper (300 Wt; smooth surface). I like this model... never any complaints :-)

Carbon Pencil on Bristol Paper 11x14

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Accept Truth

Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views. -George Sand

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What a splendid head, yet no brain. - Aesop

Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250 - Harper's Index,

Well you can tell that tax season is winding down now .. I'm getting back to drawing and painting.... just practicing on you-know-who :-)

Charcoal on smooth newsprint 7x10

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Nothing will content him who is not content with a little. - Greek Proverb

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch. Jane Wagner

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it. Garrison Keillor (1942 - )

Realism...has no more to do with reality than anything else. Hob Broun

OK.. for today we have a quick sketch with the charcoal.

Charcoal on smooth newsprint 7x7

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring is when you feel like whistling

One can get as much exultation in losing oneself in a little thing as in a big thing. It is nice to think that one can get recklessly lost in a daisy. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer. - Harriet Rochlin

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. Doug Larson

If there comes a little thaw,
Still the air is chill and raw,
Here and there a patch of snow,
Dirtier than the ground below,
Dribbles down a marshy flood;
Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing,
"This is Spring." - Christopher Pearce Cranch, A Spring Growl

And so it goes ...
as I look out the window I see the wonderful sight of snow gently covering the ground
now I must go outside and snap a few pictures...
this may be our last chance to capture to beauty of the snow covering our valley
... but maybe not
don't you just love the snow?