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Defending Democracy

February 22, 2017

The daughter of a close friend gave this speech recently in Indiana about the future of our public education systems…well worth reading.

Choosing Your Company

February 3, 2017

Choosing Your Company

[Author Unknown]


How well do I remember

It was late in last September.

I was walking down the street in manly pride

When my heart began to flutter, and I fell into a gutter,

And a pig came up and laid down by my side.

As I lay there in the gutter with my heart still all aflutter,

A lady passing by did chance to say,

“You can tell a man that boozes by the company he chooses.”

And the pig got up and slowly walked away.




June 25, 2016

Harry had homesteaded in western Canada in 1907 at the age of 20 years.  I drew this from an old, very fuzzy photograph of him taken a few years later.  I think I was able to capture his features pretty good, using later photographs of him.

"Harry c. 1914" (graphite on paper, 8" x 10")

“Harry c. 1914″ (graphite on paper, 8″ x 10”)


More Sketches…

May 10, 2016

So, more practice and I still made this one look much older than her 12-year-old self.  I guess this is what she’ll look like when she’s an adult…say in her 20s or 30s?

"Kelly?" graphite on Bristol board (8" x 10")

“No5?” graphite on Bristol board (8″ x 10″)

But as I looked at it, I realized that her eyes are off, so I need to practice more on eyes. These are some of my practices…one is Justin Trudeau.  Can you spot him?

Practice sketches (graphite on paper)

Practice sketches (graphite on paper)


11 Years Old

April 21, 2016

Graphite pencil study from a photograph taken 59 years ago…can someone tell me if graphite pencil should have a spray fixative put over it?

"Jeri Sue age 11" pencil on Bristol (8" x 10")

“Age 11″ pencil on Bristol (8″ x 10”)



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