Monday, December 8, 2014

Reminder: My new website is

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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another In-Class Demonstration

The demo from this week's Illustrative Dreawing class at Gage Academy.

Seeing Double

I drew the first sketch of my cousin's campsite while seated next to a smoking fire at our family reunion on Green River. Then yesterday I painted the view from in front of Herkimer Coffee on Phinney Ridge. After posting them, I was struck by how, as tiny thumbnail images on my phone, similar in composition and color they are: the heavy right side; the white left side; the tree and the telephone pole; the trike and the bike; the blue cubes. I guess my mind was kind of stuck on this particular layout.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rain City Burgers, Roosevelt Ave, Seattle

Above is the final painting for Rain City Burgers. After Thursday it'll be displayed inside. At left is the original urban sketch done from across the street. Big thanks to the guys for asking me to draw this for the place and for offering great burgers, including vegetarian and vegan at low prices. If you stop in to check it out, tell 'em I sent you.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Carmelita's Coffee, Shilshole, Seattle

Met the Seattle Urban Sketchers at Shilshole Marina, Seattle and set up my stool at Carmelita's Coffee and Desserts, next door to Surf Ballard. The owner of this little coffee trailer gave me a latté after seeing the drawing. Thanks, Maria! Go check them out. Tell 'em Steve sent you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Another Gage Academy still-life demo, 8.5" x 12" watercolor and ink.

Last night's in-class demo for my Illustrative Drawing class at Gage Academy. 8.5" x 12" watercolor and pen.