Friday, August 30, 2013


The look in this young boy's eyes grabbed me so I had to try and capture it in a drawing. It's from a National Geographic photo.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Minor Photo

I've always been a frustrated photographer. Out of the thousands of pictures I've taken, there are only a half dozen or so that I really like. The rest don't measure up to the quality of the pro's. I took a fine arts photo class in school way back when. The guys to emulate then were Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Minor White. I couldn't figure out what they were doing to get the quality they achieved so I dropped the class. It wasn't until years later that the light went on. (Pun intended). But by then I'd lost interest and I've never had the patience to stand around in a darkroom for long periods of time.
The objects d'art back then were mostly junk yards, old buildings and stuff with lots of texture. I remember seeing a photo of just grass, but the tonal depth and range made it look pretty good. So in an effort to create an artistic piece of the times of yesteryear, I found an old photo I took that I wasn't able to get up to the class standard then. I scanned and tweaked it in Photoshop to make it look similar to those I used to see. No more of this though. I'd rather draw.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ah Portland

It's been said that the heat in Phoenix is a dry heat. Yeah, well, not in the Summer. It rains. So with a relative humidity at 60 percent and a temperature of 100 degrees, you end up feeling about 130 degrees warm. I suppose I shouldn't complain though about being in the desert. God ploppled His Chosen People in the middle of a desert climate. I should be grateful.  We're also not supposed to grumble here in Phoenix. The Israelites had to wander around for 40 years in the heat because of whining.
I took the photo at a fountain located at the Portland waterfront. I wish I was there. But I'm not complaining.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


This didn't copy well, it's better in the real. The hat was what attracted me to this pretty girl. I asked if she'd pose and this was the best.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Not much to say here. Kind of lost interest in blogging but thought I'd post something to let the world know I'm still around. I'm working on another drawing but the process is slow. I'm holed up in the house because of the weather so I really have no excuse for not working on it. 108 outside with three digit degree days as far as the eye can see. Oh well, no sweat, I have AC.