Today’s post features a drawing I completed for a gentleman who works Food Services at my new workplace. It was one of the best kinds of commissions:

“Will you draw me something?”

“Sure. What would you like me to draw?”

“Anything you want.”

The subject matter should come as no surprise.


The vessel depicted is modeled on the bilander, a Dutch merchant ship. I believe they were constructed during the 17th century. Bilanders are fairly small (as most merchant ships are) and bare two masts, one of which (the main mast) is rigged with a lateen sail (the angled one). This drawing was finished quickly compared to other recent commissions. I kept it fairly simple and sketchy–and tried not to get caught up in the rigging!

Newsflash: Art Show Extended!

Good news! The art show at Longview Farmhouse has been extended for another month, through June 30th. Due to logistical reasons, my art will be on display through the 23rd or so; Nick and Kayleigh’s work will hang the entire time. Much of artwork for sale will be discounted, too.


The painting shared in my previous post is finished. It’s called “Bubblegum Pop,” which is a style of music as well as what occurs when someone blows too big a bubble. (As usual, click the thumbnail to enlarge.) I may paint another version down the road, one that’s a little more… spontaneous? Brighter? Fresher? The right word will come. Or maybe I’ll do a drawing; I thought of using my Prismacolor markers, but they’re still in Florida. (I couldn’t pack all my art supplies in the car and still have room for an art show.)

Acrylic, 9″ x 12″

I’m adjusting to my new studio space (aka the card table in the corner). This week, the painting table will become the proverbial drawing board as I set up for the next project–once again resuming John Churchmouse illustrations. (Poor mousie–he’s been on and off the drawing board and the writing desk umpteen times since the idea came to me in 2011. But his day will come! This could be the year!)

Studio Space

Before jumping into the main topic of this post, first, thank you to everyone who attended the art show reception a week and a half ago. It was fun to see you! (And spy on those who did not notice the screen.) From what I saw out of my little digital window into Town & Country, it seemed like a decent turn-out. Gradually I’ll add images of artwork from the show to the various web galleries here.

Second, thank you to my brother for his recent tech help on my website.

As some of you know, I’m in temporary housing for 3 months at my new job. Consequently I’m learning to economize on studio space.

The room is somewhat narrow, so this corner is the best space for the project table; if it were anywhere else, I couldn’t sit at the desk or open the closet, dresser, and bathroom doors without bumping into it. There’s about a foot of space between the arm of the chair and the table, so most of the time I just sit on the arm. I can do small drawings on the desk. The lighting isn’t that great. Sometimes the sunlight comes in nicely through the window during the day, but I’m often at work then, so I’m making do with what I have. I’ve been putting sketchbooks, rulers, paint caddies, etc., under the table to keep the table top as clutter-free as possible.

I’m trying to find the balance between work, chores, art, carillon practice, etc., but I’ve managed to paint a little. I’m revisiting a character from an oil painting I did in high school. She’ll look more cartoony this time around. I’ve done several color studies in watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil. Here are the 2 I like the best (left one wins). As usual, click to enlarge.


And the painting from high school:

Show Set-up + Sneak Peek

As promised, here are some photographs from the week of March 27th (when we set up the art show now on display). I suppose it’s not quite correct to call this a sneak peek since the show is already open to the public, but for those of you who have not yet attended or won’t be able to attend, this is your informal viewing time. Only parts of main 2 rooms are shown below. The show itself spans four rooms, or, rather, two regular rooms, a small lobby-like room, and a wall in another room. As usual, click the thumbnails to enlarge the images.


Working on it:


Almost after:

I say “almost after” because “after” alone implies everything was finished in these photos, which isn’t the case. While most of the show was hung on the 27th, a few pieces were hung the next day or later in the week. The lighting was also adjusted and labels put next to the artwork.

All artwork is by Genevieve Bergeson, Kayleigh K. Mayes, and Nick Trapp.