The Sketchbook Page
Some of the sketches on this page are preliminary drawings and first sketches of paintings
I've done over the years. Some are very crude and were done really fast to capture the scene
or just to get the feel of size and layout and contrasting values. A lot of them are sketches
that never developed into a finished tempra or watercolor. Some are hardly recognizable as
a drawing...... but I tried to put some of the better ones on. There will also be some of the
more crude ones on too, as they are just quick thoughts. Some are done on sticky notes
and others on anything I found handy....wrinkled and torn from years of storage and moving
them around. Hope you enjoy them!
This drawing was done on a friend of mine's farm...about 5 miles from
my farm. It is one of a few sketches for the finished watercolor "October"
It is part of the Horner Collection. I do not have the original image
on the site yet, but hope to soon. It was done around 1982.
This too, is a drawing to a finished tempra in the Horner Collection.
It was near the shed where we stored milk at the Pardue's farm.
Belonging to "Mrs. Lauradean".........on the site. I did quite a few
sketches and drawings around their farm.
Another drawing.....different position.
This was my first sketch for "Another Rose For Norma Jean"
I later changed the vase when I found my grandmother's old
cut-glass vase. I thought that would also offer a greater challenge
painting the cut-glass in egg tempra. Ideas sometime change as
the drawing or painting progresses.
This is one of a watercolor I sold in Minnesota. I never had
a picture of the finished painting before it sold.
Same painting, different angle.
A sketch for the watercolor "Edge Of The Field"
Also in the Horner collection. The finished image will be
on the site soon.
The above sketches (left to right) are the first sketches for the
watercolor painting " Mrs. Lauradean". The painting itself took
about 5 months to complete.
Although I did a lot of sketches for the five paintings I did around
the Allen house.....this is the very first sketch of the watercolor
"Allen House" itself. Most of the others are in the Horner Collection
as it contains all five paintings I did there.
The first sketch for the watercolor "Blackeyed Susans". Eventually
pulled the chair back into the shadows. One of many paintings I've
done around the Doak house which adjoins my farm. I actually cut the
hay in the field right outside the door a couple of years ago and had to
run inside due to a quick thunderstorm and sat for awhile in the chair
until the storm blew over. I called the owner of the original watercolor
and told him I was sitting in his painting.....he got a kick out of that!
This is a sketch I did around Mr. Clinard's orchard on his
farm. I never did the painting.
I was always intrigued by the moonlight coming through the windows
at the Allen house. This sketch which I titled "Moon Shadows"
was a prelude to "Moonstruck" which I actually painted in the next
room over. It had the deacons bench and the old quilt which I unfolded
to catch the light. The house was still in it's original form when I painted
or sketched and photographed most of the scenes around there.
Mrs. Annie Lou Allen was the last Allen to live there.....she was broken
into one night...didn't know it until the next morning. She never spent
another night there....so I had the run of the place for about three
weeks until a developer got it and sold it off in tracts. The original house