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26. Seahorse


Seahorse | That is it for today.

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27. Octo-Mac-plumbing


Maybe even a little Japanese | This drawing was completely unexpected but I kind of like it. I have been working on an octopus character and it looks nothing like this. I like when sketching opens up options.

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28. From the past: August’s Caterpillar

August’s Caterpillar | One of my favorite home movies

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29. Flax


Blue Flax | Blue flax has long been my favorite wildflower. I first noticed it on our honeymoon when I picked a small bouquet of it for my new wife. So whenever I see it I think of her. It blooms for a long time. There was a patch of flax near where we once lived. Each morning new blue flowers appeared in the early sunlight. By the end of the day the flowers were gone. But the next morning they were back as fresh and beautiful as the day before.

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30. Self Portrait


Self Portrait | Blind contour drawings are fun, painless and kind of cool.

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31. India Fabric Block Printing

So beautiful | This is defiantly worth watching. It is jaw dropping.

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32. Yarn


Balls of Yarn | Repetition, Rhythm, and Overlapping

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33. Family Reunion


Family Reunion | It started with the lady in the beehive and then I added more faces and a rabbit. It doesn’t really mean anything more than that. I like it and for today that is enough. Have a great day!

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34. Rain


Rain | It has been a creative rainy day. I made changes to my picture book. It feels like it is going in a good direction but I can’t quite see where it will end up. So the process goes on and I am looking forward to a creative sunny day.

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35. Dead End


Do you ever find yourself suddenly in the middle of nowhere? | I received a good thoughtful critique about the picture book I am working on this morning. There is still more work to do but for the moment I am feeling a bit stuck. I know that if I dig in that the new ideas will start coming.

At age four, my youngest daughter once said:

“Ya know. If you are ever standing on the edge of a cliff with a broken leg and there is a stampede coming, you just jump, you just go with it.”

I need to listen to Art & Fear. That usually gives me some perspective.

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36. Corrugated Trees


Corrugated Trees | The corrugation is one of my favorite textures that I haven’t found much use for. I think the texture and repetition of the vertical lines are comfortable regular rhythms.

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37. Window Flowers


Window Flowers | I am growing several plants right now a geranium, a pineapple, and a dwarf blueberry bush. I am having a difficult time deciding if they should be inside or out. Inside is too easy for them and outside is too harsh (It isn’t the heat it is the hail). So in and out they go and at least they are still alive.

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38. Wild flowers


Wild flowers | This year I planted a big chunk of my backyard into wild flowers. I highly recommend it. The seeds were a Western wild flower mix. It has been fun to see what comes up. I have more seed to plant this Fall.

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39. Postage



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40. Planting Seeds


There is a grain field through my back window. I love to watch a gentle wind blow through it. Today I planted a seed by sending a request for representation to a literary agent. It will take some time but I am glad that I have finally planted. I hope there is a harvest.

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41. Snails


My mind is feeling a bit slow today and so here are some snails. Have you ever stepped on a snail? It has the most unpleasant hollow popping sound.

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42. Long Neck


A self portrait emerged today. Once one of one of my friends said to his dad. “Dad him have a long neck.” True statement.

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43. Fairy Penguin


A flying penguin with fairy wings flying through rain clouds. The penguin is a bit strange and a little sad. I like the spiral line clouds and should explore that as an option in future images.

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44. Cover for the Program of BYU-Idaho Christmas Concert

I have had a great time working on this project. The image that I am showing here is for the cover of the concert program but I am also creating images for projection in a massive way as background for the concert at the BYU-Idaho center.


The concert explores traditional christmas music with other music from Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil. The paper cut addresses the traditional and the warm painting of colors in the background address these warmer cultures.

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45. Brush Stroke Shape

Brush Stroke Shape from BYU-Idaho Art Dept on Vimeo.

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46. Impasto Action

Imposto action from BYU-Idaho Art Dept on Vimeo.

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47. Peek


This is a peek of a picture book I am working on. It is in the story development phase. I am hopeful that the story is to a point that it is ready for submission. I just need to let it simmer for a few days.

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48. Over the River and Through the Woods


Over the River and Through the Woods is the first page in a new sketch book. I need to get better at drawing directly into the computer and I want a non threatening page to sketch on once a day.

Rules: one page a day analogue or digital, only black and white, 15 minutes drawing and 15 minutes writing.

What if?

I am surprised and pleased at how much this looks like a child’s drawing. When examining the work of Paul Klee he seems to show no fear in his expression. His images are filled with “What if?” explorations. This is a place where “What if?” can exist.

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49. Flowering Fan


A flowering vine is always an fun subject. I think about balance and rhythm in constructing the drawing. I started with a random line on the page and just let the drawing happen.

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50. Window to the Sky


The rounded rectangles remind me of looking out of the window on a plane. I like the window seat.

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