The Drawing Board

Notes on Process, the Artist’s Life and Other Relevant Stories

Sketch of the Week: Kyoto Kitties

Sketch of the Week: Kyoto Kitties

People have been asking me ever since I returned from my three-week adventure traveling through Japan, has the trip made a profound impact on my artwork? “Oh, you must be bursting with ideas, got all this creative inspiration, so on and so on…” I sincerely wish that...

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Sketch of the Week: Bamboo

Sketch of the Week: Bamboo

It’s cold here. And getting colder. Christmas is around the corner and instead of tinsel, I want tropics. I have been to the Big Island between Christmas and New Years and seeing Santas and Christmas decorations in such warm climes is a little odd at first but why not...

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Serendipity

Serendipity

For some time now, I have been (as Grand Ciel Design) working on a number of projects for Blue Thumb - a local nonprofit dedicated to planting for clean water that gives anyone with a yard, a gardening passion or passionate for protecting the environment help address...

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Blue Fish. Red Fish.

Or should it read “Red Fish. Blue Fish?” And who wasn’t raised on Dr. Seuss rhymes? I know I was. My brother and I use to torture the baby sitter by having her read “Cat In the Hat” and “Cat In the Hat Comes Back” over and over and over again. But what I really...

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Waipio Wayside Orchid with Lemons

ARTIST PRACTICE: A small 7” x 10” watercolor and pencil study of an orchid that hangs in the gardens that surround Waipio Wayside on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of my favorite places on earth. I was most interested in the knotted rope-like twists the orchid roots...

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