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A Special Offer


Hi all, it’s been a long winter, and good opportunities come from difficult times .

I usually keep my sketchbooks in tact, but I have torn a few pages from my book, and matted them to fit a 8"x10" frame.


I have signed the front and back of each Sketch

I want to sell them for $25 each (I will pay shipping)

If you are looking for a truly unique gift, or a little original work of art to add to your collection, this is a great opportunity for you.

View the sketches here:

First come, first served…so if you see something you want, send me an email or give me a phone call: 606.217.2106


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New Website Structure

Howdy, I have been working on a new structure for my website for a few months, and I have learned that if you wait for the perfect website, nothing ever gets launched.

So with great pride, I want to introduce my new website:

Of course, it looks very plain right now. I haven’t styled the pages yet, but the structure of the site should be sound.

Suggestions are welcome, this is a work in progress.


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Artcroft Day 26

Whenever I type the title of my blog post with a countdown of the days I have been at Artcroft, I am reminded that I have only a few days remaining in-residence. I spent today in my studio working on a web design project. It is graphic intensive, and the clients have given me plenty of room for creativity, so it is not as horrible as it sounds. I enjoyed the tranquility and absence of distractions. I have been reading a few articles about focus, and how working on one thing at a time allows you to really focus on the work…and you are more productive. Today, I decided to tackle a large portion of the web project.

I only did one thing today, so I don’t feel like I have much to write about, but I feel like I got a lot done.

In the evening, the deer came to the front yard at the resident’s quarters at Artcroft for a green grassy treat. Of course I only had my lousy point-and-shoot camera on hand, but I was still able to capture the moment.


The camera I had on hand wasn’t taking good pictures, so I grabbed my sketchbook and gave it a go…rendering the old fashioned way. So I did get to draw some today after all!
deer Sketches

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New Oil Pastel Paintings Featured On Etsy

I thought I would try offering a few of the little oil pastel paintings I have been working on Etsy.  It’s a great website that for buying and selling handmade things.  In addition to the usual detailed photos, I wanted the buyer to get a sense of scale…and a glimpse of how messy I keep my desk!


Cow In Yard

House On Hill

Just wanted everyone to know in case you are interested.


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More new work

I am embarassed how productive I have been since my DSL broke.  I always thought the internet made us more efficient.  Who would have thought?  Well between the internet being down and the ice storm, here are 3 new oil pastel paintings!

Come To Shore
The fish will probably be OK, but the sailboat had better tie up and find a dry place to stay!

House On The Hill
I don’t think the fence keeps the deer out of their garden. You know, deer can easily jump 6 feet!

Peaceful Bird Flying Over Path In Forest

An oil pastel painting. Sorry you don’t get the shimmery effect of the reflective copper and gold pigments. You will just have to pay me a visit and see them in person!

I am pretty sure I am going to have the internet cut off permanantly!  It’s obviously not helping me get closer to my goals.


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New Oil Pastel Paintings

My DSL quit working the other day, and after the initial withdrawls, I have discovered a newfound creativity that is stimulating enough to consider shutting down my DSL permanantly.  I can get along fine with public wireless at designated times…I may even be more productive this way.

In the meantime, here are a few recent oil pastel paintings.  More to come…at least while the internet is broke!

While waiting for the ferry to take me across the Ohio river, I made a small sketch of the way the river bends. After riding my bike…in my studio, I painted the scene with Oil Pastels. Some of the pigments are metallic, so you don’t really get the golden shimmery effect of the original.


A couple of oil pastels created while in the hilly Mt. Adams neighborhood in Cincinnati:




hope everyone is having great holidays!


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Ubuntu version 7.10

I am supposed to be catching up on my schoolwork so I can take a week off for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, but I couldn’t resist the download for the Ubuntu upgrade. It looks like every geek on the planet has the same idea, because the download is going VERY slow. I won’t get to play with it until I get back from the hike.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Ubuntu is a popular version of Linux. It is a free, open source alternative to Windows and Mac OSX.

I must focus on SCHOOLWORK!