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Friday, December 24, 2010


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sermon Notes

Today's Sermon notes. Pastor Matt Heard, Woodmen Valley Chapel

A Meeting Doodle

Did this doodle during a staff meeting this week (I was paying attention I promise). No planning, just doodling. I'm always surprised at what appears as I doodle. I wonder what it means? I better take this to my next counseling session. :-)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Three Graces

Yesterday we spent a bit of time in "Garden of the Gods". I just had to try and capture this set of outcroppings known as "The Three Graces". Amazing!!
My Moleskine is full so I used a larger format sketchbook this day. I kinda like the size of it.

You can see some tourists trying to walk in and up the "graces". Those rocks are irresistible.

It was quite cold. I forgot my gloves and so my drawing hand was very cold when I was done.

Sermon Notes 5 Dec 2010

If you know me, you know I like to doodle during meetings and during church. Doodling helps me to pay attention. During sermons I like to focus my doodling to bring a visual element to the message. This is what came out of my pen this morning in church.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hiking in Cheyenne Canon

Sandee and I went on another hike today. This time we hit Cheyenne Canon and took the Columbine Trail. It was way too cold and windy to stay still and do a sketch on site, so I took a photo and make my sketch at home. I loaded the photo on to my laptop and then did my sketch as if I were standing on location.

Even though it was cold, we really enjoyed this hike. Hiking is a great way to stay in shape, marvel at God's beauty, and enjoy the company of my wife.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sketch of Lincoln's Face

I am trying to figure out how to draw faces. The face of Lincoln is extremely interesting to draw. Not a bad start. I love the shadows in this picture.
I have very pleasant memories from elementary school of Lincoln's framed face looking down on all of us in our classroom.

I'm almost done with the sketch below.
What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving Day Morning - watching the football game and making a sketch. I used a photo of Lincoln taken by my friend Bill when we visited the Lincoln memorial the other day.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lincoln Memorial Drawing

This week I was able to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Wow. It's a very moving thing to be in that hall. The sculpture is stunning. Thanks to Bill and Debbie Bateman for taking me there. I took this picture with my iphone.

Of course, I had to do a sketch. It was a great way to relax after attending and speaking at a two-day teacher conference.
Inking the pencil sketch made the time on my flight from DC to Colorado go by quickly. It's a great thing to find a creative release through sketching. Have you found your creative release? I have a brother who uses golf to unstring the bow. One of my other brothers raises work horses as his hobby.
I'm getting quite comfortable with drawing on airplanes. It's fun to talk with seat-mates who are curious about what I'm doing. The other day, one guy blurted out, "Are you an architect?!?" I wish I was.
This was fun to draw. I had no problem with Lincoln's body and the folds of his clothes. Faces still illude me. I need to practice drawing faces. Any suggestions how I can learn this skill?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Anaheim Convention Center Sketch

I was able to do a sketch of the cool Anaheim Arena. Making this sketch was a good way to unstring the bow after two days at an ACSI teacher convention.

As usual I made a quick pencil sketch - I had to work fast because it was getting dark and chilly.
I applied ink to the drawing on my flight from Anaheim to Philadelphia. Thankfully, I got an upgrade to United First so I had lots of room to myself.
Almost finished on the flight.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sketching Crowell Hall at Moody

This is the finished product. It was fun to be in Chicago on the campus of Moody Bible Institute for the day. I had to sneak outside and make a sketch of the front of Crowell Hall. I love the look at that entrance.
See my drawing process below.
I always start with a pencil sketch. I try to work as quickly as I can - getting as much detail as I can. It was cold in Chicago this day so I worked extra fast.

Then I start to darken the sketch with my gel pen - inside the warm building!
I was able to finish the pen work on my flight from Chicago to Anaheim today. Thankfully, it was a smooth flight. Drawing made my four hour flight speed by.
Do you have a thing that you do where you lose track of time? It's good that you find that "place" - the "zone". I also call it "unstringing the bow".

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ

I was able to fit in a few moments to make an "unstring the bow" sketch in Arizona this week.
I'm not used to seeing palm trees. Wow. Those things are magnificent.
The weather wasn't bad either. It was in the 90s and its November!
It was great to meet old friends at Malee's Thai Bistro - man I LOVE Thai food.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

"The Arch" in Ute Valley Park

Sandee and I went on another hike today - just "unstringing the bow" after my trip to California. This time we went to Ute Valley Park and we found this little rock formation. I just HAD to try and sketch it. It was great to be outdoors and to draw God's good creation.

Wow. What a spectacular place. I was grateful to be standing in that spot.

California Capital Building.

I was in Sacramento this week to attend an ACSI convention. I had a few moments and so I was able to sketch the California Capital building. I found the sketching to be very relaxing.

This photo (below) was taken using my iphone with Pro HDR app. Not bad.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sermon Sketch 24 October 2010

Matt's sermon today was full of visual imagery. He started with "Doubting" Thomas from John 21. I really liked his use of two chairs - one rickety, and one strong. We make faith-based-upon-evidence decisions all the time.
Oh, I noticed I put the wrong date on my sketch.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sketching and bike riding at Fox Run Park

Another great day to unstring the bow. Sketching and riding my mountain bike with Sandee. Stuff like this keeps me sane.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A gift from God

Aspen trees are new to us. We are amazed at the fire-yellow color of the leaves right now. Stunning. Do you pause to thank God for gifts like these?
Picture taken at Fox Run Park north of Colorado Springs.

Sermon Sketch 17 Oct 2010

The pastor began his sermon by reminding us of that moment when the first probe enter that Chilean mine. What a great reminder of hope from above. It was easy to sketch this quickly.

Amazed at Colorado

I haven't done watercolor in a very long time. I really like the top half of this painting the best. I need to keep practicing this artform. No matter - it's still a wonderful way to relax and unstring the bow after a full week of work.

We took this shot on a recent drive near Rampart Reservoir above Colorado Springs.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Trying Watercolor Again

I'm trying watercolor again today. It's been a long time since I've tried it. More than anything I love this creative process - it's very refreshing. Everyone needs an outlet where they can express their God-given creativity - whether its watercolor painting, writing, running, playing the piano. It's a great way to relieve stress.

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