Monday, January 13, 2014

Haven Art Center ( or our new year and new direction)

Everyone has been talking about their new hopes and plans this year and all the while we have been keeping ours close to the vest. Now we can talk a little bit about them.

The last couple of months have been a time of change for me and my wife Cherilynn; we have come to a crossroads and have had to make some big life changes. We left our beloved Chicago a few weeks ago and have returned to Milwaukee. We didn't do that for the icy treatment we received upon arrival, we came with a plan.

Way back when Cherilynn and I had our first date we hatched this plan together to have a studio/frame shop/ class for private art instruction, and a place where I can have open figure drawing and portrait sessions. Our own art center. We did make an attempt to start the endeavor on a small scale about seven years ago, but circumstance and other callings begged us to take a different direction. We had an art studio at the Hide House in the Bayview neighborhood of Milwaukee for a year and decided to go in a different direction.

Now, here we are all these years later, we just secured a space in The Hide House again and we are excited to announce the coming of our new endeavor; Haven Art Center. It truly felt like coming home today when we got the key to the studio.

We are just in the beginning stages and there is a lot of work to be done to get the center started. We will be putting the word out as we hope to involve artists and creative folks in this adventure. Because what we are working to accomplish is building a place that will nurture and grow the creative spirit within ourselves and other artists.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Color version of Old St Nicotine

Threw a little color on the sketch just for fun.

Old St. Nicotine

What up be-otyches! Light em if you got em is what Old
St. Nicotine got to say for the season. Merry Menthols and celebrate with some kings. Throw a few coins in Old St. Nic's bucket so he can buy himself some loosies at the gas station. Spread the cheer!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

5x7 Watercolor Landscape

Here's a little painting I did to warm up this morning. Not just warming up the brain and drawing arm, but trying to stave off the cold by drawing a memory from last summer.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Recent Figure Drawings

These are some current quick sketch nudes from recent sessions at The Palette and Chisel. #drawing #nudes #figuredrawing
Here is the most recent watercolor landscape I have painted. It is from a trip to Door County my wife and I took last summer. I have always loved painting birch trees they have a great deal of character.