Cartoon Lady and Company

My sketching was proceeding nicely. I had reached the right balance of blind and non-blind sketching for the first three figures (starting at the left-hand side of the paper). For some reason, my sketch of the final character got out of control. I think it was that person’s sharp features. Drawn blind, they contributed to […]

Waiting Room Patrons

In the sketch below, I rendered the general idea of the scene before my eyes. However, if someone was standing behind me viewing what I saw, they probably would not recognize it from my drawing. In fact, the picture below is more like a cartoon than a sketch from life. This may or may not […]

Samurai, Shadow Warrior

The free form pencil sketch that formed the basis of today’s study reminded me of Kagemusha, the Shadow Warrior, in Akira Kurosawa’s movie of the same name. This vision dictated how I completed this painting. I like Samurai movies, including others by Kurosawa, but I don’t watch them that often. There was only one, whose name I forgot, […]


Below is my impression of a visit to a psychiatrist’s office (those who still engage in talk therapy). In this little skit, the shrink talks and the patient absorbs what he can, even if it is not what the psychiatrist says.  The patient, in turn uses what he hears to help himself with what is […]

Sniffbug Courts His Demise

I began this experiment with the tiny flowers. I drew a nose to sniff them. Then I drew wings, a little arm and some flowing hindquarters. I’m not sure why my imagination took a turn to the dark side (well, cartoonishly dark), but the tiny flowers became a lure on the tongue of a sniffbug […]


I took a photo many years ago, when I first started taking pictures of Mike, my older brother.*  I have never been able to make contact with Mike and pursued a long-term photography project in an attempt to understand him better. He was relaxing in his classroom when I came in. The bulletin board was a […]


Now and then I have trouble getting started.  Usually I have a theme that I examine from every angle, one painting or drawing after another. These days, however, I am having trouble getting traction. Below is the image crept into my sleep, about my predicament.