Tag Archives: drawing

Looking Down

I was going through some old notebooks and came across this pen and ink drawing I did of a casual reading area at Arcadia University in October, 2016, from a photo. I was looking over the half-wall from the main reading room upstairs. This kind of view is interesting to me; usually I’m on the same level as what I am portraying.

It’s a tiny little drawing. I probably did it while watching TV one night. Don’t remember!


Pen and ink Arcadia U Library 10-161


Landscapes in Line

Looking through some old sketchbooks a little while ago I found a couple more pages of those tiny line-drawing landscapes I like to do in odd moments. The pages of the sketchbook are 5″ x 3″ so that gives you the size of these little guys.

I don’t know when I made them – the notebook was a hodgepodge of dates. Oh well, doesn’t matter.

Plain Cliffs Trees Sky

This painting is an interpretation of one of those tiny line drawings I have been doing of and on in the past few months (not this exact one, since I can’t find the drawing I used for the painting, but another one, to give you the idea)

Vertical landscape drawing 12-18 #1 small

I couldn’t get a very good photo of this painting, my apologies, but you can see where I was going with the ideas of layers of landscape and sky.

I hope to make more of these. I like the restfulness of painting in layers and patterns.

Acrylics and acrylic inks, 24″ x 18″, February, 2019.

Plain Cliffs Trees Sky 24 x 18 2-192

Another One of Those Paint Brochures

Here is another one, yes, it is.

This time, I drew pictures relating to the paint names and I also lettered in the paint names themselves to make part of the image. I’m interested in lettering, just a little bit, these days. I tried to give the words a little personality.

Here’s the whole thing:

Paint brochure 4-19 words and pictures1

Page one:

Paint brochure 4-19 page 12

and page two:

Paint brochure 4-19 page 23

Sidewalk Art

Not too long ago I checked out an interesting book from the library. It’s called Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun and it’s by Carla Sonheim.

One of the projects involved taking photos of sidewalk cracks and using the images as inspiration for drawings. Well, the idea appealed to me. I took a few photos and gave it a try. Here’s what I did: I used the same photo but turned it in all four directions, and made four drawings. Take a look. First, the photo rotated through the directions (I used north, east, south, and west to designate them).

Then the sketches – look for the N, E, S, or W to figure out the corresponding photo:

Give this a try. I have realized that I’m not limited to sidewalk cracks – how about tree branch patterns in shadow? scattered stones? tree roots? food on your plate?