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The Drawing Board

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

Persimmon Tree ~ Gujo Hachiman, Japan

Persimmon Tree ~ Gujo Hachiman, Japan

  Friends and colleagues all asked me if my artwork had been influenced by my whirlwind trip through Japan late last year. I think my answer disappointed them. To travel that far to a foreign country known for its art, I had to have been influenced! Truth is, I...

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We Know How You Feel

We Know How You Feel

This week’s sketch - another experiment using metal point. If you are like me, hunkered down for weeks because it’s too dang cold to breathe outside and you’re going stir crazy with tedium — this one’s for you. Honestly, what makes seagulls all stand together, out in...

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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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