Category: Sketches

  • A big transition and transitory art

    A big transition and transitory art

    It’s been a year, and what better time to look back at a year than Thanksgiving? I abandoned this blog because I got a new full-time job last December. I love my work, but it does mean less free time for art, and I tend to choose ‘doing art’ over ‘writing about doing art’, when…

  • John Doyle

    John Doyle

    I’ve been more busy gardening and performing than making art, and I entirely forgot about this sketch from John Doyle’s concert a month ago.

  • April Verch Trio

    April Verch Trio

    I saw The April Verch Band (April Verch, Cody Walters, and Alex Rubin) in May, and as well as the delightful music I got two sketches I’m quite pleased with, in very different styles. That’s an electric stand-up bass, not a normal bass I ran out of room for. I promise. I had fun trying to…

  • Three bands, four sketches.

    Three bands, four sketches.

    A few weekends ago I went to see my friends Curlew’s Call perform, and I drew a truly horrible sketch of them. It made me think about what I’d post on this blog. I’m happy to share my sketches and art process warts-and-all, but I’ve decided to draw the line at sharing things that make…

  • Inktober 8-19

    Inktober 8-19

    My little silhouette guy has gone from having a very difficult month to a decidedly surreal one. Yes, I saw Fantasia a few times as a kid. The giant toddler was inspired by one of the children who was listening to me play music at the pub that day. She had a great smile and…

  • Inktober: Days 2-6

    Inktober: Days 2-6

    Inktober is an event started by illustrator Jake Parker challenging artists to draw in ink every day for the month of October. This is my first year trying it, and it’s been fun (and a good excuse to pick up a few more pens). A few of my daily drawings have been random — I’ll post those later…

  • Sketches, week of September 18

    Sketches, week of September 18

    A few little sketches this week. The first two are from memory, which is something I’d like to get better at. I saw the little girl at the Olympia Farmer’s Market while Pinniped Music was setting up for our gig there and was struck by what a perfect storybook urchin she made. She could’ve walked…

  • Bass at the Market

    Bass at the Market

    Bass player Matthew Autry (who is also the skilled fellow who built my beautiful tenor guitar) played with Mudcat down at the Olympia Farmers Market today. I caught the tale end of their set. Perfect music for a hot afternoon.

  • Ink Sketches: John and Maggie Carty, Fort Worden

    Ink Sketches: John and Maggie Carty, Fort Worden

    I went to a marvelous house concert Thursday by John Carty and his daughter Maggie, and sketched while they played. John, Maggie, and John’s son James are teaching this week at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, at Fort Worden. I’m unfortunately not participating this year, so I don’t get to…

  • Crocus


    The species crocus that were buds two weeks ago are in full bloom.