Saturday, May 31, 2008

Crater Lake Oregon

31 days in May, 31 drawings. The Everyday in May challenge started with a weeks worth of dachshunds and morphed into landscapes for the remainder of the month. A few were in Washington state, however most were a tour of Oregon.

Everyday in May #31 is a view of Crater Lake. A tour of Oregon would not be complete without stopping by and seeing this natural wonder. Crater Lake with Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Painted Hills

Everyday in May #30. One more to go. This is a view of The Painted Hills at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in eastern Oregon. Prismacolor pencils.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mt. Shasta.

Everyday in June #29. From a reference photo from recent California trip. Mt. Shasta from southbound I-5 . Clouds were obscuring the peak. Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mt. Rainier in Washington

Everyday in May #28. Always one of my favorite mountain views is Mt. Rainier in Washington state. When the skies are clear this volcano can be seen from many miles away. It is a prominent landmark in the skyline. This view is how it would appear from the west side of Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula inland from Bremerton. Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Beach at Humbug Mountain, Oregon

Everyday in May #27. Beach at Humbug Mountain, Oregon. Prismacolor pencils.

Beverly Beach, Oregon

Everyday in May #26. Beverly Beach, Oregon. Prismacolor pencils.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Mt. Hood from Portland International Airport

Everyday in May #25. Mt. Hood as seen from the area around Portland International Airport. Prismacolor pencils.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ebey's Landing #2

Here is another view of Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island. Ebey's Landing is named for Colonel Isaac Ebey who with other pioneer families settled here in the 1850s. Whidbey Island is where I was born. Father was stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station at the time.

Prismacolor pencils.

Ebey's Landing

Everyday in May #23 Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island, Washington

Ebey's Landing is the first national historic reserve to be established by the the National Park Service. It covers 22 square miles.

Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils

Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Needles" at Cannon Beach Sunset

Everyday in May #22 "Needles" at Cannon Beach Sunset. Prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Everyday in May #21 The Beach at Bandon, Oregon

Everyday in May #21 is a beach scene at Bandon, Oregon. Prismacolor pencils and Micron pen.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Everyday in May #20 near Cape Sebastian, Oregon

Rock formations abound along the Oregon coast. The science side of my brain is curious about the geologic forces that formed them. I will be in pursuit of books at the library on the geology of Oregon to find answers to the many questions that I have. In the meantime I have "completed" Everyday in May #20. The beach near Cape Sebastian, Oregon. Prismacolor pencils...well why not. Every other scene in my Oregon series has been done with the color pencils. I like they way the apply to the paper in my Moleskine.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

A simple little drawing done with only Prismacolor pencils for Everyday in May #19. This is a view at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon.

Oregon Dunes

This is my Everyday in May #18 submission. This was done without first drawing in pen the outline of what I wanted to do. This is more of a Prismacolor color pencil "painting" of a view of the Oregon Dunes on the Oregon coast. This was also a fairly easy and quick piece for a sunny Sunday afternoon in Oregon.

Yachats, Oregon

Yesterday's Everyday in May offering #17 is this Micron pen and Prismacolor pencil drawing of the beach at Yachats, Oregon.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Everday in May #16 Cape Arago Lighthouse

This didn't turn out quite like I wanted it to. I am going to use it for today's Everday in May challenge drawing. It will be usable for a study when I get back to painting. Prismacolor pencils and Micron pen.

Everyday In May #15 Elk Lake, Oregon

While I took my lunch break I did my Everyday in May challenge drawing for yesterday. Everyday in May #15. Hopefully tonight I can do todays to catch back up.

You can't see the forest for the trees is an old expression. This time however, I would hope that you can't see the trees for the forest. How do you draw thousands of trees at a distance? In this particular case lots and lots of very short strokes of green pigment layered. This was hard...not the short strokes of pigment but the actual strokes with the pencil making my wrist very sore. I almost wanted to have, what Basil Fawlty was always asking Sybil, to have a lie down. Instead, I suffered through it and went back to work. I was going to take my walk this afternoon but it is in the 90s here in Portland. Fortunately here in the Mancave that I call my office in the basement it is a pleasant 65. It pretty much stays that way all year.

Here is the EDinMay challenge number 15. Elk Lake, Oregon in Prismacolor pencils.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wahkenna Falls

Everyday In May #13 I am moving inland. Wahkenna Falls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils. The Falls are 242 feet in 3 drops.

Happy Humpday / Animal Wednesday

Here's a quick little drawing while I waited for a document to download this morning. Happy Humpday and Animal Wednesday. Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

EDinMay #12 Harris Beach

I am still 1 day behind on my challenge. The good news is I am only 1 day behind in my challenge. #12 is Harris Beach near Brookings, Oregon. Micron pen with Prismacolor pencils.

Monday, May 12, 2008

EDinMay 11

I am 1 behind in the Everyday in May challenge. Here is #11. A piece of driftwood on the beach. Micron pen with Prismacolor pencils.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

EDinMay 10

After seeing how my drawing for today's EDinMay looked in scanned form, I was not satisfied with how it looked. I have revised the sky and am now reposting version 2

EDinMay 10 Twin Rocks near Rockaway Beach Oregon

Didn't do much today artwise. Reorganized and sorted through my storage area in the "studio" and looking through my odd collections. Organized papers and magazine tear sheets with an towards perhaps trying some collage or ATCs. I did manage to do a EDinMay offering. Twin Rocks near Rockaway Beach, Oregon. It is an interesting formation. Prismacolor pencils.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

T.G.I.FishFriday for May 9

It is Friday somewhere in the world so here it is on my Thursday night. A clownfish. Micron pen with Prismacolor pencils.

Everyday in May 9

Haystack Rock revisited. Conte Crayon and soft pastels on black paper.

My pack of wild dachshunds

I have been drawing dachshunds for the everyday in may challenge during the first week. Here is a pack of wild dachshunds for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

May 8 EDinMay Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Busy day today so when the dinner bell rang I really didn't want to spend any time at the computer. Lots of new art surely has been posted today by the Everyday Matters Group. Hopefully, I will get a chance to go look at it tomorrow. This is a really inspiring and supportive group. I have done a series of Dachshunds this past week, but I am ready to move on to another subject. Don't get wrong, I love puppies and kittens and rainbows and such. Who doesn't, but my drawing time is limited. I decided to sit down to draw from a reference photo Haystock Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon this evening for tomorrow's Every Day in May Challenge. Prismacolor pencils in the Moleskine sketchbook.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Happy Humpday and Animal Wednesday May 7

It is once again Animal Wednesday and Happy Humpday. I ended my day with a remote access issue. Hopefully in the morning our company IT in Texas will have figured out what to do about it. This poor camel was drawn with Micron pen.

May 7 Dachshund for Everyday in May

EDinMay for May 7. A continuation on what appears to be a Dachshund theme (for now anyway) is this Dachshund messing about in the garden. Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils.

May 6 Dachshund puppy EDinMay

Today's EDinMay Dachshund puppy playing in weeds. It is going to be a busy day today with work so I am posting the drawing as is.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Big horn in shadow

Experiment with putting light behind leaving big horn in shadow. Derwent Drawing pencils.

EDinM May 5 Wild Dachshunds of the Kalihari

Couldn't resist. Crayola crayon on sketch paper.

Happy Monday Graphite Cactus with Shadow

Feeble, but since I had been on a graphite painting bit this weekend, here is a Happy Monday Graphite Cactus with Shadow. 8B pencil draw with flat edge.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Dachshund - May 4

Here is my EveryDayinMay post number 4. Still working on the drawing of Dachshunds. For some reason I got on this track of drawing a dachshund everyday for the last 4 days at least. It was not necessarily my intent to use this as a theme, and I may take a tangent onto other subjects for the remainder of the May challenge. For today, however, I give you this fellow. Basic outline in Micron pen with use of Derwent drawing pencils in Chocolate, Terracotta and Venetian Red.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Graphite "Painting"

This is another graphite "painting" using the pencil lead laid flat against the paper. Used a variety of degrees of pencils to fill the various values.

Lake Champlain Graphite "Painting"

Experiment with using flat side of graphite point to "paint" this scene from a reference photo. Used 9H, F, B, 8B pencils with kneadable eraser.

Fast sketch of horse

I am still working on doing quick sketches with the desire to depict things as best as I can. At the same time I want to work on eyeballing proportion and perspective. It also gives the last few pages of my old sketchbook some purpose. Micron pen.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Dachshund - May 3

A little early for May 3 EDinMay, but I was trying something new to me. White Conte Crayon on black Artagain paper.

Dachshund May 2

This guy started out wrong and in the using of the ink unerasable. I tried to salvage him for my day 2 sketch in May. I hope I didn't mangle the poor fellow too bad. I may have to come back and sketch a comfy chair under him to make up for it. Prismacolo pencils and Micron pen.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


T.G.I.FishFriday. A Gourami. Prismacolor pencils and Micron pen.

First Sketch in New Moleskine / May 1st Sketch

I have inaugurated my new Moleskine sketchbook and my first sketch in May with a drawing of a Dachshund. We had a Dachshund when our kids were growing up. He passed about 12 years ago. He was quite a character as most Dachshunds are. His name was Sausage. He had a long German name on his registration papers, but I don't recall it. I am sure the papers are still in my files.

Pencil cases

I was asked about the pencil cases so I did a spread over a couple of pictures. This is only a part of the pencil collection. I have notes with these pictures over on my flickr site. Over on the right side of this blog is a link to my flickr page.

New Sketchbook

I still have about half a dozen pages left in the Strathmore sketchbook, but seeing it is the 1st of a new month, I am going to give a Moleskine a try.