Monday, September 18, 2017

An Update on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Painting

My Laura Ingalls Wilder home painting fetched an astounding $450 at auction Friday night.

My wife, daughter and I, and a few coworkers, attended the 150th Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum birthday event on Friday evening, in Mansfield, Missouri. Our advertising agency produced much of the promotional materials for the event, including a painting that I made of the family farmhouse on the grounds. The painting fetched an astounding $450 at auction. Which is the most money any of my work has ever gone for and goes to help in the preservation of the historic literary site of the museum.

This pyrography and acrylic rainbow trout is next on the auction block, for Dynamic Strides Therapy's fundraiser in mid-October.

This pyrography and acrylic rainbow trout is going to a charity auction next month.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Small Craft Advisor Magazine

Small Craft Advisor Magazine is one of two that I read fairly regularly and have for maybe 8-9 years, SCA and WoodenBoat Magazine. I can't remember the exact circumstances, but some time back I replied to a call for entries about First Boats and how users got into boating. My response was printed in the September/October 2017 issue. Which I find pretty darn cool. :)

Printed submission in Sep/Oct 2017 Small Craft Advisor magazine. :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Box of Twelve Donuts

I have finally completed this watercolor series. A full dozen donuts by local fried bread sugar legends, Hurts Donut.

One dozen donut watercolors.

One dozen donut watercolors.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Smoking a Tri-tip

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

A week ago, I decided to try my hand at smoking meat. I had seen a couple of videos where guys had done some smoking in-camp and in their backyards and figured I'd give it a go. Starting simple, I went with a short smoke option — a tri-tip steak. Also, I only have an 18" Weber grill, so I had to get creative and poke around the internet to see how others had done it before.

I started by making my own spice rub, then I cut the fat cap from the meat and slathered on some Guinness mustard from Red Top Oven, a local condiment maker at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. The mustard acts as glue for the spices.

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

I lit my coals, got a pan of water ready and soaked my hickory chips for a couple of hours before that. After lightly searing the meat on both sides, I set it on the opposite side of the coals to smoke (see video at bottom of post).

About 1:45 minutes later, I had some pretty kick-ass homemade BBQ. I actually overcooked it a hair, I was shooting for more of a medium rare, but went over on my temps some. It was still really good at more of a medium.

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

At the end of the smoke, I still had enough coals and the setup ready that I decided to smoke the Horrmann Meat Co. brats and dogs I had for the BBQ later that evening (the tri-tip also came from Horrmann). They came out just as well as the tri-tip, smoking them about 45 minutes a side before searing them over the coals towards the end.

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

Smoking a tr-tip, brats and dogs

We had a few people over that evening and very little food leftover the next day, so I'll count that as quite a success. :)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Painting for Work

Sketched the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, Missouri, yesterday, for work.

Earlier this week, I was on-site at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, painting the main farm house. The illustration is to be used in a PSA for the museum and will be auctioned off during an upcoming fundraiser event. It was fun and very generous of my employer to donate our time and efforts to the museum. It's a neat place, with some great artifacts and I hope to take my daughter out there soon to see them. She is just starting the books.

Sketched the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, Missouri, yesterday, for work.

Sketched the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, Missouri, yesterday, for work.

This is just a random extra, painted from my mother's garden in Michigan last week.

Stones in watercolor, from my mom's garden.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Watercolors from the Weekend

Some watercolor paintings I made over the past few days. We spent more time at home than we normally do and I decided to be productive in our slower-than-normal weekend.

Bear

Brown Bear

This one needs an into, I guess. It was sketched from a few photos I found on Flickr of some folk art type festival costumes in Spain. I just found them very interesting and I'd meant to sketch them for a couple of years.

Painted from a Flickr contact's pics. I found them interesting and imaginative.

This last one is a commissioned piece from my mom. She has a friend that she wanted to give some artwork to.

My mom commissioned this one for a friend.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kayaking with the Kiddo

Kayaking at Stockton Lake

Last Sunday, my daughter finally ventured out of the protected lake cove we usually kayak around. We were up on Stockton Lake, here in Missouri, and circumnavigated the largest island on the lake. It was directly across from the launch ramp and adjacent to the deep quarry that they pulled stone from in order to dam the Sac River. My friend Dean accompanied us on his inflatable kayak.

Kayaking at Stockton Lake

Kayaking at Stockton Lake

Kayaking at Stockton Lake

Kayaking at Stockton Lake

Proud of her for venturing out of her comfort zone. She may me outgrowing her paddle, though. I may have to make her a new one this winter or figure out a way to ferrule on an extension in the middle.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Recent Artwork

Just a brag post on some recent artwork that I've knocked out.

First up, a sad and lifeless chickadee that my dog took down a little over a month ago. I love my little beagle/boarder collie mix, but she's an asshole to any small creature that finds its way into our backyard. She's killed squirrels, moles, rabbits, mice and now a songbird.

A chickadee that my dog downed about a month ago.

A watercolor of a Fiestaware coffee mug in good lighting.

Coffee mug

Scrap wood fox silhouette.

Fox silhouette A shipping pallet Moby D.

White whale wall decor

Baking apples from a neighbor's trees.

When neighbors give you baking apples...

With an hour to kill last Saturday, I peddled over to the nearest cemetery and sketched one of the cooler headstones. I'd sketched her before, only in graphite pencil, about a year and a half ago.

Had an hour to kill, plein air sketching in Hazelwood Cemetery

Revisited Hazelwood Cemetery at lunch today and had the chance to shade in last week's headstone sketch.

I'm only one donut away from a dozen. It's taken me months to paint the series. Hoping to knock out the last one by the end of the week.

3 more till I have a dozen donuts in watercolor.

Donut 10: Birthday Cake

Donut 11: Old Fashioned

And that's about it. Little rhyme or reason to the subject material, but that's how my art rolls. It's all ADD like me.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout - July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

I had plans to be on Stockton Lake for the entire weekend, but my Subaru crapped out on me a few days ahead of time and I had to settle for Sunday, only. At least the weather was nice, if not particularly windy. Not much to report other than that, having missed out on most of the camaraderie.

I'll let the pics tell what story there is.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2017

In conclusion, I plan to turn my little skin-on-frame sailing canoe into a trimaran this winter. The outrigger makes the boat so much more stable, whether sailing or paddling. I can stand up in the boat and paddle with it installed, without it, I dump while paddling on my knees.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Art Shack Goes 3D

Shed frame is up.

I spent much of the weekend in my backyard, making sawdust and hammering away at an eight foot cube of 2x4s. I'm pretty excited, the Art Shack has gone three dimensional. It may be a few weeks until I can afford to sheath it or slap up a roof, but I'm happy with the weekend's progress.

The shed has started to go 3D.

The art shed has started to go 3D.

As a side note, here are a couple of recycled/reclaimed wood art decor pieces that I've recently done. The darker of the two, you can see a video of me making it, here Missouri recycled wood silhouette.

Missouri recycled wood silhouette.