Colorado Studio Trunk Show

Thursday, June 14, 2018, the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs will host a Trunk Show of work packed in from my Oregon studio. This will be the first large showing of my paintings on the Western Slope since the 2004 exhibit at the Woody Creek Store (that one was fun).

It’ll run from 2pm to 8:30. I promise I’ll set up the little paint box. See you there!

Skyline Tavern

Skyline Tavern invited me up to document their Earth Day party Sunday April 22, 2018. 

 Chef John welcomes... someone.

Chef John welcomes... someone.

 Jody and Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow.

Jody and Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow.

 Bradley gives another hand massage.

Bradley gives another hand massage.

 Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness call up Jim Boyer's ghost.

Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness call up Jim Boyer's ghost.

 Yohhei from Sato Sharpening works while Spike waits.

Yohhei from Sato Sharpening works while Spike waits.

 Doug makes a request, but too late to be of consequence

Doug makes a request, but too late to be of consequence

 Artist Tania Del Rio runs the cards (Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow again). 

Artist Tania Del Rio runs the cards (Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow again). 

 A shoutout from the band to the guy out there by the pickup truck.

A shoutout from the band to the guy out there by the pickup truck.

 A horseshoe goes a little off. Scott Ray Becker is in back in the green tee and cap.

A horseshoe goes a little off. Scott Ray Becker is in back in the green tee and cap.

SkyTav works to support artists and environmental projects through their organization Black Dog Art Ensemble

A Reader

A moment at the Wordstock 2017 author signing table. This is more or less what she said to Jon Mooallem. She was so excited.  I stole Steve Church’s ballpoint to get this down on my hand. Broke the pen. Couldn’t quite read the writing. Don’t think this is quite what Jon looks like. End of day and I was so fried. But she was so exited to be reading again and that is just so great.

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 Baer and Scott

Baer and Scott

I did not realize how active the collaboration between April Baer and Aaron Scott of OPB’s State of Wonder was until I was accidentally dropped down next to them during a taping. I can’t share details with you, I was too busy to peek, but you should know that while one is onstage interviewing, the other is keeping everything flowing, typing furiously at something or other really important, but totally inaudible to what we experience on the radio. 

My drawing position was too dark, the mike angles too close to really see anything. I’ve had to draw and redraw the notes several times. However I remain very grateful to the Literary Arts usher for placing me down in radio HQ.

I’ll post further drawings from Wordstock 2017 as I wrap them up. 

 

George Saunders' Rising Fish

George Saunders recently spoke for the Literary Arts series at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Justin Hocking and I were in attendance. I was there to document what I could. however I could, on behalf of Literary Arts; Hocking because he, even after attending the craft discussion at the LitArts HQ earlier in the day, still had not had nearly enough Saunders time.

Literary Arts recorded the talk and will release a podcast in November. My notes were exhaustive, semi-legible, and barely scratched the surface. I've reconstructed what I could in the following images. 

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Portrait

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The youngest has, for months, been saying she will model for me. I draw her frequently, but always in action. Last night I took her up on the offer. Here the action is, "I am keeping still and steady so make damn sure you're paying attention to all the relationships between the light, my hair, the glasses, my expression and gaze; get it all and get it good because sitting still isn't quite so easy as it looks." 

The Horse Printer

The second scariest thing I've ever worked on. I'm sensitive and this story just terrified me. 

Which is probably a good reason to listen to it. But not if you're really sensitive about horses and dystopias (like me). 

The Horse Printer

 

Birds of America

The Patreon gave me an excuse to draw birds today. The dipper is stolen straight from JJ Audubon. The rest are a mix of memory and field guide reference. I've drawn each of these birds from life or taxidermy before, but who is to say on which page, in which notebook. 

 

 Bushtit

Bushtit

 Rocky Mountain Chickadee

Rocky Mountain Chickadee

 Lewis's Woodpecker

Lewis's Woodpecker

 Shagpoke (GBH)

Shagpoke (GBH)

 American Dipper

American Dipper