Perhaps one of the most anticipated and auspicious days of my year is the 12 hour life drawing marathon at The Palette & Chisel on Labor Day. Though I am 63 years old and have had a number of jobs over the years that were not based on the semester structure of schools, the hangover of all that early life preparation, and the change of seasons, still creates this sense for me of new possibilities. Thus, when others look to take the day off from the grind, I look to put in one of my longer days working towards the betterment of my craft.

The sessions start at 7am with a model in the third floor studio, and later, models may be posing on the second floor and out in the coach house. Forty-five minutes to an hour are set aside for lunch out in the courtyard, but then I head back upstairs till the sessions conclude at 7pm. On average, I show up at 7:30-8 in the morning and last till 6:30-7 at night. If I get in some sketching on the 40 minute train ride to the Palette & Chisel, that serves to warm me up and gives me a sense of what the day’s efforts may yield.

    

Fountain pens, Platinum Carbon ink, Pitt Artist Pens, Tomoe River Paper, ledgerbook.

A Day of Laboring Over Nudes

  • September 6th, 2017
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Heading to The Palette and Chisel’s Labor Day 12 hour Life Drawing Marathon in two days and feeling very rusty. Posting a few nudes and life drawings from the past couple months. I’ll put up stuff from Monday’s session, the good, the bad and the just plain ugly. #figuredrawings #lifedrawings #ledgerbooks

 

All drawings in ink, ( brush pens and fountain pens with Platinum Carbon Ink ) on either Tomoe River Paper or ledger book. Y

Recent Figure Drawings from The Palette & Chisel

  • September 2nd, 2017
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But a few months after attending a family reunion near Charlottesville, the bucolic city in the heart of my mother’s beloved birth state of Virginia, demonstrations and riots erupted resulting in 3 deaths, many injuries and scores of arrests during a rally by KKK , White Supremacist, and Nazi sympathizers and counter demonstrators.

 

I made these images over a decade ago about a pluralistic society that goes to war with itself after descending into divisive tribalism. I have long held that certain malignant aspects of the Civil War have never evaporated, but instead have percolated and bubbled up from time to time. The recent riots in Charlottesville have born sad testimony to that grim malady of American history.

A Gentile City Erupts

  • August 15th, 2017
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A view of the Virginia Piedmontese from Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello.  Returned to my mother’s birthplace outside Charlottesville, Va for a family reunion and visited Monticello for the first time. This chimney is the remains of the joinery workshop on the estate of Monticello. Here master craftsman James Dinsmore fashioned much of the woodworking and furniture at Jefferson’s home along with the principle assistant, enslaved artisan John Hemings, brother to Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who bore Thomas Jefferson a number of children.

View of The Rotunda from The Lawn of UVa.

Top drawing done with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in a Tomoe River Paper sketchbook. Bottom drawing, F-C PAP in an old ledger book.

Charlottesville!

  • July 12th, 2017
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waiting to head out for a catering gig in Michigan, had time to sketch the big ass grill at my buddy Rachel Collin’s store Flagship.

   

More coming.

A Bunch New Shit From The Summer’s 1st Half

  • July 8th, 2017
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