...in the dead of night

I'd be pretty remiss if I didn't make
one of these black pieces a creepy bird.

these are still unreasonably hard to
photograph... sigh.


tattoo you

yes, the obvious title was Back in Black.

anyway, a return to the darkness. I really
enjoy doing these. it allows (or requires)
me to use an entirely different tool set.

this piece also sparked an idea as I was
working on it; an evolving piece. this
is neither the time nor place for that,
so I carried on and left it as planned.
but maybe digitally I'll play with the
idea some time down the road... or not.

if this is your tattoo, or you know who's
it is, holla. I can't recall where I found
the reference picture of the tattoo.


the best laid plans

sorry, gotta run.
will have to finish up
the building bits later.

just as well. something
in this is off, and I
need some fresh eyes...

wanted teetering;
tricky perspective.


part two.

day 15. begin part two.

this has a background.
I was short on room so
I drew it on a separate
sheet of paper...

sometimes the best thing
for a piece is to do the
elements separately.

Small Hotel | volume two
will have it completed.



picked up a copy of Jon Muth's
Zen Ghosts last night and got
caught up in fox masks and
Japanese Kitsune mythology.

I love masks. ever the trickster.


a small bird...

prepares to take flight as
an otherwise ordinary moment
plays out on the streets below.

this still needs something.
what, I am not sure. some
fresh eyes are needed and
mine are anything but.


a moveable feast

"You expected to be sad in the fall.
Part of you died each year when the
leaves fell from the trees and their
branches were bare against the wind
and the cold, wintery light."

- Hemingway

happy thanksgiving.



one of my favorite signs ever.
the decayed beauty of a once
and proud giant, now a relic.


the return against gravity

the architectural moldings take
way to fucking long to draw, but
I really love the look of 'em.

this needs some adjustments,
and maybe a bird somewhere,
but it's late & my back hurts.


an object...

of general attention among the worthy.


friends gone and friends still here.

just a quickie today.

I'm off to work a benefit for my
best friend who had a heart attack
a few months back; followed swiftly
by the birth of his first child.

see you tomorrow.



natural light

(edited to add new photo)

barely made it under the wire today.

last night a bowl broke in my hand
and gashed open my left thumb. so,
on top of other appointments, I was
a little slower on getting this done
than I would have liked. but I'm done.

once again, this was hard to photograph.
I'll re take it in natural light...


a hush fell...

I got a little bored about halfway down,
so I mixed it up and broke out the paint.

this was terribly hard to photograph.
oh well. you'll see it in the book.



adjacent bones

been pretty gloomy around here lately.
an especially dark and rainy Autumn.
probably keep reflecting in the work.

I got a complaint about the watermarks.
believe me, I hate them, too. but...
I hope this is at least a little better?

I have a book in the upper right
that you can purchase from blurb.
all get you some form of discount.

I'll have another book coming soon.
...and then that other book. books!!


blogger is having some wide spread image hosting problems.
Images might disappear here and there. I have no control over it.
I'll reupload them as soon as you or I notice. Thanks for the heads up.


a slow parade

I wait at this intersection most days of my life.


Sparrow Teeth

daily drawing. here we go. day one.

per Ash, we're only taking pictures.
can't adjust mistakes in photoshop.
just pure, as it is on the paper.
all the corrections and blemishes
and hand smeared bits of ink...

if you're coming over from Ash's blog
thanks for looking; hope you see
something you like and stick around.
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see ya tomorrow!