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.