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Plein Air In Augusta, KY

Sunday, I decided to drive down to Augusta and paint a house or something. The weather is perfect, and participating in “fresh Art” reminded me how much I enjoy plein air painting.

I planned to paint one of the historic homes that face the ohio river, but was surprised to see a giant sternwheeler docked at the river. I asked the captain how long the boat was going to stay, and when he said “a little over an hour”, I quickly setup my paint, and threw paint on the canvas.

With such a short time to work, I didn’t have much time to fuss over composition or details. I just painted in a rage…I knew my time to paint was limited, and I wanted to do as good as I could while the opportunity was there.

The finished product is not bad for a little over an hours work, but a valuable lesson was learned. Life is kindof like that…We all have limited time here on earth, and should try and have enthusiasm for our work and do as good as we can while the opportunity is here.


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Fresh Art 2007

I endured a whole day of blue skies, a light breeze and incredible view of Cincinnat’s skyline from Dree’s Pavilion to make my painting for the “Fresh Art” auction. What a hard life!

This painting turned out so good, I almost hate to let it go. I did get a good photo before turning it in, so I can make prints.

I hope it fetches a good price for the museum. I’m going to miss tonight’s auction, my car needs a little work before I am going to drive it long distances.

I have bad anxiety at social functions anyway!


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September 14th – Judy Federer Day

For those who missed the retrospective of Judy Federer’s paintings at the Augusta Art Guild, I’ve posted a lo-fi video of the building’s dedication.


I am going to have to go back and see her paintings. The building was not big enough to hold all of her friends who came to celebrate her art. People were sprawled around the building, and I couldn’t navigate through the crowd to view all 88 of the paintings on display. Judy was special, we are sure going to miss her


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Fresh Art Sept 15-16

I’ve double checked my calendar, my car is running, and I am not going to miss this event. It’s a fun fundraiser for the Behringer-Crawford museum. They have a great collection of Harland Hubbard’s paintings.

If you haven’t heard of Harlad Hubbard…imagine Henry David Therou living on a homemade shantyboat on the Ohio river as a painter…

The event is called ‘Fresh Art’. Local painters meet at Devou Park, where the museum is located, and they create a work of art (start to finish) within the boundries of the park. Sunday evening, the museum hosts a dinner and auctions the paintings.

here’s the link to the ‘fresh Art’ website

Jason D. Geil, from the Enquirer took a great photo of me at last year’s Fresh Art. here’s a link to his photo

I’m planning to paint from Drees Pavilion. It’s such a great view!

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uh oh

I just suffered a major consequence of trying to do too much at once.

I missed the Belleview Art Show. Don’t tell the show organizers, but I thought the show was on Sunday. Something just wasn’t working right in my brain. Hyde Park’s artshow is on Sunday, and I guess I was confused.

I made the mistake because lately, I have been trying to do too much. School full time, A job, commission work, getting ready for the show…you get the idea.

To make myself feel better, when I picked my van up on saturday (I thought the show was on sunday) It ran for about 15 miles, and then it broke down! So my official excuse for missing the show was car trouble…it’s semi-true, and much less humiliating than the truth.

My apologies to everyone who came to see me at the show. This has been a real wake up call, and opportunity to get my priorities in check.


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Stretching Canvas

I found some time to try making my own stretchers for canvas. My table saw does a decent job putting a bevel on the wood, but I think a router may be a better tool for the job. I could also use it fancy up my custom picture frames a bit. Any tips from experienced woodworkers are appreciated.

I want to start painting bigger. With two newly stretched 20×30 canvases, I will have a great surface to paint.


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its a lot of fun working hard

I spent much of the labor day weekend helping my friend at his restaurant in Augusta, Ky. I made a trip to Cincinnati to help my friend Samuel Ruder frame some work
 for an upcoming show.   
Monday I did some kayaking on the Ohio River.  
Tuesday, I made a trip to trip to Cinci to get some framing supplies
and stopped at NKU.

I had driven by the campus often, but never stopped to visit.  
It looks like a nice campus.  
I am not sure if I would want to drive 45+ minutes for class, 
but the the campus looks nice, 
and the technology building appeared to have all the 
comforts a geek like me needs.  
I even managed to get a halfway decent panoramic 
snapshot with my little pocket camera.

I offer printing services to local artists,
and have spent the rest of the day cutting matts,
and assembling matted print all day, but it
sure is nice to do work that I love for a living.  
It makes it much easier since the artist’s 
(Barb Clarke) work is so nice to look at.

Oh yeah, If your in Belleview this Sunday, stop by and say HI, I’ll be at Art In the Park…it’s from 12-5pm.

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Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth.  After my last post, a heatwave rolled in and the trip became more difficult.  

After pedaling a total of 730 miles on the bicycle, I finished following Michigan’s coast, and met Samuel at St. Joseph’s where he brought me across Indiana in the comfort of his air-conditioned van.

Now, I am catching up with my studio work that I neglected over the three weeks I spent in the North Country.  School’s back in session too…I think it will be an exciting semester.  I am taking an advanced web design class, java programming, operating systems and hardware maintenance.  

September 8th, i will be at Belleview’s Art in The Park.  Followed by Fresh Art at Devou park in Covington the next weekend (Sept 15-16)

Hope to see you there!

It’s nice to be home.  


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It can be tough sometimes.

Last night, it was raining around 7pm, so I found a nice spot to stay for the night in a wildlife preserve. After resting, I took my bike to Cheboygan. My first impression was very good. The town sits on a small river, lined with docking boats. The “Koffee Korner” makes a delicious pumpernickle bagel with ham, egg, and cream cheese.

I took the obligitory photos of their lighthouse, then decided to move on to Macinaw City. There, I was suprised to see the sidewalks packed with people…with standing room only. Flatbed trailers loaded with people were delivering people to the main part of town. There were even TV reporters. I felt like a one man parade, riding my bike down the street. At the shore, where you could see the bridge, I did a few sketches, but chose not to paint because of all the ruckus. I finally asked what all the festivities were about…It’s the 50th Anniversary of the bridge.

Happy Bithday Bridge!

I love people, but not in swarms, so I decided to get some distance behind me. I took a scenic highway nicknamed “the tunnel of trees” a 20+ stretch of windy narrow hilly road that finishes with breathtaking bluff views of Lake Michigan. I hadn’t experienced many hills in Eastern Michigan, so I renamed the course, “the tunnel of tourture”.

It got worse when the only store in Good Hart refused to let me use their sink to refill my water bottles. Of course, you can buy water there. I always spend money whenever I refill my bottles at a business, but out of principle, I was not going to support a business that is unfriendly to cyclists. The rest of the trek was pretensious mansions with keep out signs at all the pretty views. Still thirsty, I was putting out a bad vibe.

I breezed through Harbor Springs after getting some water, then followed their 20+ mile bike trail. As the sun was setting, I was afraid that I wasn’t going to find a place to rest, but at the last minute I found a patch of trees outside Charlevoix where I was able to end the day.

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7.27.2007I am trying to create a workflow where I paint, cycle, take, pictures, camp, and keep everyone updated on my blog. It’s frustrating when the library’s computer won’t let users switch to the Dvorak keyboard layout. (that’s a whole other story!) I do have some stories and pictures to share, and I think I have developed a system that will work while on the road.
It’s the fifth day “living” on a bicycle. I have adjusted to the reality that I probabably will not see my home and “modern” convieniences for some time still. I don’t mind, because (in spite of the hardships) when this journey is over, I know I will wish it lasted longer.
To start the day, I quickly broke camp, and resumed my pedaling toward Rogers City. I followed a sign that invited travelers to visit Presque Isle, and see their 2 lighthouses. The turn off the road ended up being a 6 mile comittment before seeing a lighthouse. (that equals 12 miles out of my way)
I stopped first at the “new” lighthouse. It was built in the late 1800s, and is the tallest on Michigan’s eastern shore. It was a pleasure to start my morning painting the structure, and even nicer to meet the “lighthouse lady”. She took care of the lighthouse, and was very enthusiastic about my painting and trip. She insisted that I climb the lighthouse. I had never climbed a lighthouse before, and while enjoying the view, I realized what I had been missing all my life. I don’t think a photo would do the scene justice, but I took a few snapshots anyway.(how do you capture the sound of seagulls, and the smell of fog in the air?)

I visited the original lighthouse, and painted it while the kind lighthouse keeper let me use their electricity to charge my camera’s battery. I think the older lighthouse has the more picturesque setting between the two lighthouses, but the new lighthouse has the best view!
In Roger’s City, I picked up my birthday present from my sister. (a tripod with flexible legs, so you could wrap it around a tree or a fence or a BIKE!) Thanks Carrie. While at the post office, I used the gifts box to send a pair of shoes and jeans that I will never use on this trip home. (i was warned about bringing too many clothes). Also of note, Roger’s City’s post office has aWPA mural depicting the town’s limestone quary.
My best memory of Roger’s City was it’s bike trail. It’s trail winds through the city’s pine woods and follows Lake Huron’s shore, guiding the cyclist to the nearby state park.
En route towards Cheboygan, I stopped at the 40 mile Lighthouse. I didn’t intend to spend so much of my time painting/photographing lighthouses, but seeing them in person is hard to pass up…especially with sand in your toes!

sorry about the pictures being sideways. this library’s computer gives 30 minutes use, and does not allow windows to rotate images…go figure!