‘Last Stand'(2018)


So called progress on an overworked sketch from two weeks ago. Done on the Fort to Sea Trail in Warrenton, Oregon. The day’s work was critiqued as having a split personality. The following attempt to improve the sketch show how to overwork a piece and not knowing when to say it’s done. Guess I’ll call it ‘Last Stand’. Think the dead trees are the remains of the huge storm of December 2007 that crippled the area.

‘Two For The Show’

The two pieces I have entered in the annual Trails End Art Association’s judged art show which will be available for viewing during the month of August. On the left ‘Staedler’s Owl’ an ink on paper and ‘Yesterday’s Autumn’ a digital piece.

Motley Fool

Another 90 minute sketching session with our group at the Seaside Carousel Mall. I had several practice attempts before going out into the wild. The color piece is the result. My first attempt at a face and why I do not do protraits. This is why I put amateur in front of artist.


Columbia River Statuettes


My sketch from today’s Astoria Sketching gathering at the Cannery Pier Hotel In Astoria, Oregon. Vast views of the Columbia River west and north of Astoria were available as well as interiors.
The most conspicuous error in the above sketch is the dark buoy in the near center of the image. It was the buoy’s true location but it focuses the eye away from the pilings the true center of interest. One of our group, Noel Thomas, pointed that out and said “Don’t let the scene dictate. Dictate the scene.”


Removing the buoy certainly improves that aspect of the drawing. Thank you, Noel. More contrast in the foreground would help also.

Ship’s Wheel

Survived my first trial of sketching in the wild and the following critique. Spent two hours at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria with a drawing group. My choice of subject was poor. Poor lighting and kids kept turning the wheel. Wheels shape and angle need work. Have a lot to learn. New location in two weeks. Had fun.