Whimsical, Architecturally & Life Inspired, Pen & Ink Original Art
I've pretty much been drawing buildings of some sort or another since I was a small child of about 2 or 3 years of age, given the fact that I was raised by an architect Father and artist Mother, whom luckily encouraged my creativity as well as inspired much of it with their own artistic pursuits as well as the constant exposure to their interests (lots of museums, looking at houses, etc.) ... and yes, I've become my parents - and I'm proud of it!
Beginning with drawings on napkins, paper napkin rings, paper bags, and paper towels at coffee shops and restaurants, both to help me focus on conversation with friends as well as to stave off being "hAngry" while awaiting a delicious "safe" meal along with the server's help in dealing with my Celiacs and multiple food allergies - my styles morphed and continually improved...
I enjoy working in many mediums, such as wire, clay, fabric, cloth, wood, pretty much anything I can give a go with - looking forward to trying Cake creations with my friend and co-worker Architect & Baker/Cake Designer Jene Alie of "Anything But Vanilla". I try to find unique ways of framing, displaying, creating my works so each is unique and speaks to the individuals who view them, but they have to agree with me prior to being set free, and yes, many are similar, but none are the same (kind of like the human race, no?).
Drawings and Other Artistic Creations by the Artist
Some of my pieces on various mediums:
Watercolor paper, Napkins, Paper bags, etc.
Extra Special Creations for
I want to give a hug and a
BIG THANK YOU
to everyone who's believed in me even when I haven't believed in myself - your kindness and support mean the world to me!
Of course, it's a very different world...
The Yellow Umbrella Project:
I just thought I'd see if I could draw right upon an umbrella that I had about - I ended up propping a box under each panel as I worked on it, then just used my regular Sharpie and a fine point Sharpie for extra details and drew the 4 panels. I'm not in love with all the houses, but they each have elements I enjoyed creating. My favorites are the skinny tall ones vs. the short wide ones... I ended up giving this to a lovely young lady - Briana - I met downtown on the 16th St. Mall - while she was seeing her friend off to go to college in Aurora. It won't be my last, but it was certainly my first.
Drawings from my Hawaiian Vacation:
Yes, I drew on paper I'd brought with me on the plane out, on napkins while on the various islands, and then I was inspired to draw little huts for weeks and months afterward, but my style continued to gravitate toward villages and towers and growing houses...
These are made from Reused, Up-Cycled Food Boxes, Pen & Ink on Paper, Xacto Cut and "Mod Podge"-Pasted into place for texture and often clear-coated to protect during transit, but also framed and never sent.
I created a rectangular cutting template from Aluminum and used a stair tread for the gripper on the back to make quick work of chopping boxes down to size. In the photos below, I show my tools, as well as some before, during, and after shots. This is a great way to keep in contact with those non-Facebooking friends throughout the world...
First designs are from High School over 20 years ago - a little dusty now - some more recent creations and oldies revisited through photography.
My 1st Ever Pop-Up - Little Guy in a Park, followed by The Kitchen, The Bathroom, A Cuckoo Clock with smily guy, Beowulf Comic Strip, City Traffic, The Island, 1st Nephew's Baby Room (Noah's Arc Theme), and The Farm
- Please excuse the paper dust -
THIS SITE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION...
Above: My Home Gallery Right (aka "Stage Left"): A Giant Turtle I Met Recently