Posts Tagged ‘Barq’s’

Watercolor Sketch of Kerosene Lantern

December 21, 2012
Vintage Kerosene Lantern

Vintage Kerosene Lantern

Sandi was sweet enough to purchase for me this aged kerosene lantern last weekend while we were antiquing.  I couldn’t wait to set it up in front of my old Barq’s Rootbeer sign and take a shot at a drybrush watercolor sketch of it.  When I was in ninth grade, my Art I teacher set up a still life of about twenty objects, giving us charcoal and full-size sheets of paper on which to draw it.  Once I got over the terror of drawing out such a large and complex composition, my eye went to the kerosene lantern as a focal point, and everything else had to find its proper place around it.  I have wanted such a vintage lantern ever since, and am happy now to have one in my studio.  This lantern will be making several more appearances in the future.

School ended today for the holidays.  I was happy to get all my grades finalized, load up my art and get out.  There were two hours of daylight left, so I took the flyrod to Chisholm Park in Hurst, Texas, where trout were released yesterday.  There was no wind and it was so soothing to be out there in the open, flycasting, and watching all the rainbow trout taunt me as I worked so hard to seduce them.  They were rising all around my fly, and did not take it a single time!  Nevertheless, I enjoyed the experience, my breathing changed, my heart rate slowed down, and I knew I was in a different zone.  Better luck next time, perhaps.

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A Still Life Experiment in my Classroom

December 13, 2012
Lingering Memories

Lingering Memories

I have been lingering at my school until 4:00 daily, attempting to sell watercolors, prints and custom greeting cards out of my “Rustic Gallery” classroom at Martin High School.  Day-before-yesterday, I looked at this vintage Barq’s Root Beer sign I bought years ago in San Angelo, and thought I might try a quick watercolor sketch of it and a coffee mug on my desk.  I found a cheap watercolor sketchbook and reluctantly put it to work (I swear by D’Arches paper on a watercolor block).  I’m glad that I can whip out these kinds of sketches away from the studio.  I’m really spoiled by this hand-sized Winsor & Newton field box that I keep with me at all times.  All I needed was that box and this cheap tablet and I was good to go.

The sketch is 8 x 10″, quick and crude, but I found plenty of enjoyment in the afternoon school hours, whittling away at this composition.  I already have an idea for another one tomorrow. I haven’t made any more headway on my “image” theory that combines Hemingway with Pound and Wyeth, but I’m still mulling it over.  I’ll let you know if something credible takes shape.

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