Wednesday, March 4, 2015


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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Because it's really cold here in Seattle, I drew a series of coffee shop interiors that are walking distance from my home (all images can be seen larger in the "Works" section of my website.):

Donna and I spent some time on Thanksgiving and Christmas at our family cabin on Green River where I drew these interiors:


I'm most engaged with the graphic memoir I'm drawing, illustrating my journals of the last 40 years. It was interesting to read Mimi Pond's just published graphic memoir "Over Easy." Like me, she attended the California College of Art in the late 70s/early 80s, and even worked in the same restaurant I did. While her book is entirely about the café, it plays a small role in my memoir. Here are our two takes on our similar experiences (her drawings are the green tinted ones):

Near the end of her book, she drew the exterior of my old apartment. You can see that my memory of the ART'S sign was a little off, but I'm drawing from memory without references, as I want to stay true to what I recall.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

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Lincoln Elementary students in the computer lab, drawn on location.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Duo Eamon

Commission for folk duo in Massachusetts. For more info visit

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Caffe Appassionatto Roaster

A former student from my first year of teaching in 1998 invited me to draw the roaster at Caffe Appassionatto Magnolia. A bit of a challenge to draw through the highly reflective glass, and I'm sure I've misconnected some piping to the wrong ducts, but it was a nice relaxing hour with an equally nice latte, on the house. Thanks, Maitland!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shambala Sun Magazine

My illustration for an article about slow decluttering as mindfulness. Happy they gave it so much room and placed it as-is.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bedlam Coffee, Belltown, Seattle.

Too wet to draw outside, Donna and I took the bus to Belltown to draw at Bedlam Coffee, a favorite place to draw. I've drawn here a couple of times before:

Comfort Zone

Without conflict and obstructions, life wouldn't be much of a story. It wasn't fun reliving this but it was what it was. Just glad it's all behind me now.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In Bed With Jimi

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Edmonds, WA

Pet-sat in Edmonds over the weekend, and drew this during a coffee break near the central fountain.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

South Lake Union

Donna's parents visited from Connecticut and stayed at the Residence Inn on South Lake Union. I drew the view from their balcony as we watched the sun set.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


The Gage Academy where I teach is offering one-night "teaser" classes, where students pay only $75 and get a whirl-wind preview of what would normally be a five-week class. After introductions, reviewing materials and setting up our still-lifes, I had a very short time to whip out a demo. Students loved the no-nonsense, let's get to it approach. And I get to do it again tomorrow in color.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Website Announcement:

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In-class Demo for 8-26-14

I did this drawing during tonight's class, the last of this session of Illustrative Drawing at the Gage. The in-progress shot was taken while accentuating the outlines and before applying the hatching.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gasworks Park

When the group met at Gasworks last week, Donna and I arrived early and set up before the rain started. I had the basic lines drawn before the rain drove us away. Props to those sketchers who stuck it out. I went back this week to finish the drawing in the sun.