Layered India ink, digital drawing and surface alteration on paper – 2014. 8″ x 13″


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India ink and surface alteration on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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India ink on paper – 2015. 8″ x 13″


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LOGAN days end cats


These are a few from the last hour of studio time today!


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LOGAN quick cats


Just a quick shot of two cats from my bit of play before serious work begins. Took about 5 minutes each. Were drawn (mostly) with eyes closed. The bottom kitty is especially nice – lots better still in person. I have more than 50 new cat drawings to flatten and photograph. Me-wow!


Happy Weekend! We have daffodils budding . . . !!!







India ink on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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A couple of days ago I posted two cats that, while created more than 20 years apart, were still very closely related. This kitty and the one I’ll post tomorrow also share a common trait –  a single, bold sweep of ink. which in both instances was the first mark made. I often throw a mark or two down and then try to build a cat from there!




India ink on paper – 2014. 8″ x 13″


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Good Morning All –


I’ve begun working on the preliminary design for new sections of this website! I’m also going to revise the appearance and function of what I’ve already done. It’s going to take a few months, but I hope that by late spring you’ll have MUCH more to see and read.


One thing I must do is give this blog more presence on my homepage – with easy to find the navigation and a blurb/link to the latest posts. Here is a snapshot of what I’ve done this morning: at left is my homepage as it now is – on the right is a digital rough of how things might change.







India ink, gray wax pencil and surface alteration on paper – 2014. 8″ x 12″


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Obviously, this kitty evolved from the pair that I showed you yesterday!




India ink on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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Hey ya –


This morning it quickly became apparent that the connection between my brain, hand and best intentions had skipped out. Even drawing with my eyes closed – which usually loosens me up because it’s as much play as real art making –  failed miserably. I wasn’t going anywhere near my big, ol’ Mt. Haynes picture today!


Blips like this happen regularly, and in another blink or two I have my moves back. The next update on my mountain picture’s progress will surely be posted within a couple of days. Meanwhile (and so your visit wasn’t wasted), here’s a quick ganged photo of several eyes closed kitties done in the last week. Once they’re flattened, I’ll capture good images of ’em. I’m drowning in cats right now = have at least 60 new ones I must add to the DRAWINGS section!


more kitties


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Hey there –


I’ve been making pictures of cats for a long time, though they cropped up sporadically until about 2 1/2 years ago. This one is over 20 years old, and is a portrait of a lovable troublemaker who was once a member of our family. It hangs near our dining room table. Everyone seems to really like this drawing.




Peewee – India ink on paper – 1995. 11″ x 13″



And here is a cat from a month ago. I drew her after having gazed at my old friend while eating breakfast. Somehow, she ended up with the tail of the little trouble-maker we have now, which is quite often cocked at a very jaunty angle!


It was fun to glance back and draw forward!




India ink on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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India ink and surface alteration on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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Mt Haynes 14 3-5-16


Good Evening All!


This morning, I launched into the tree on the left, and it quickly became a construction project. More and more often, it feels like I’m building a picture rather than painting it! I’ve begun to think of working in ink as a subtractive process. What goes down gets pushed around, beat up, ground back or even covered over with inked and collaged bits. Then I mess with it still more!


My new tree is living up to situation normal. By lunchtime, wonderful base textures were beginning to develop, but they were worrisomely strong. It’s waaaaay too early to have such concerns, but it took me a bit to figure out what was up. The problem wasn’t with my tree at all. I had to give it someplace to settle into. I really like the stark contrast of the white area my trees bracket, and the abstract rhythm of my picture needs such strong character, but it can’t be so blank it looks unfinished. I guess I’ve known for awhile that I had to go back in and give it gritty, grainy personality.


After lunch, I set to work, and now I’m cautiously pleased with the quiet syncopation of blind textures and whispered tone I’ve laid in. Sadly, it doesn’t photograph well with a point-n-shoot effort, though you can see that the area has a more to say. A lot more, actually, so much so that my new tree may be too calm! Sheesh, it’s as if I’m riding a teeter totter rather than slinging ink!


I won’t get bucked off – and with luck, I’ll post my next progress report on Tuesday evening –


Your Buddy Bill



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India ink on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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Good Morning Everyone –


Why am I showing you a pictures of pine trees, clearly swiped from views found on Google Maps? I’ll tell you: in my latest Mt. Haynes view, I’m trying to picture not only the mountain but also some sense of what things were like before the BIG 1988 fire that burned a third of Yellowstone National Park. Imagine everything turned to cinders in a square of land more 35 miles long on each side! 


The Park is the healthiest it has been in living memory. Within the rhythm of a natural cycle, everything has a purpose, and in that ecosystem there are supposed to be huge fires that clear out the dense forests as they become diseased and start dying. And get this – the predominant tree is the Lodgepole Pine, whose seeds only germinate well after they’ve been scorched!


This is all cool stuff and I love feeling connected to it in my work, but with this ol’ mountain painting of mine, the challenge is to be honest. I’m not just portraying the view but also the vagueness of memory. The big trees don’t exist anymore. They have to be a little phantom-like, and those on the right are. On the left though, I’m thinking things should be more current.


I know, none of this may matter in the end. If my picture works, who will ever care what I was thinking or trying to achieve. But to progress and improve creatively, I must reach. That has to be directed by something, or how would I know where to stretch?


So, I need a tree – or maybe two – that are actually there now, in front of Mt. Haynes. I’m in my attic in New Jersey. It’s a bit of a problem. Yet but my brilliant sister solved it: go to Google Maps, find the road that passes by Mt. Haynes and zoom in, change it to the virtual view, and just start clicking down the road! Tree after tree passed by, and I found what I was looking for!


Okay, as a refresher, here’s my previous rough design for the foreground of this picture, in which I digitally stole, altered and dropped in trees from prints by a Japanese artist I admire (see my blog entry for Feb 20th – Sneak Peak #4). It was a shifty way to start with an effect I liked.


Mt Haynes 13 rough


And here is what my painting really looks like now, with my own version of the trees on the right:


MT HAYNES 3-1-16


And last of all is my new digital rough, with a kind of odd, impressionistic tree laid down over the gray area on the left. Believe it or not, I used one of the same trees I showed you at the beginning of this post, now so altered and distorted in Photoshop that the end result is pretty unintelligible. That said, there’s something about the feel of it that seems right.


Now  I must find my way or real. I’ll have to go more twiggy, and my textures will probably have to be a little more focused. I think. Time to find out.


I’m guessing my next update on this painting will be Tuesday-ish. It would be nice if it were sooner – and if I really book, it might be!


Mt Haynes new rough







Ink on paper – 2015. Each is 10.5″ x 14″


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India ink on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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India ink and surface alteration on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


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Hey ya –


I couldn’t resist showing you these drawings, done yesterday!


After having finished well over 300 cat pictures, I’ve begun to notice mannerisms in my mark making – moves and method I tend to fall back on. That’s not altogether bad, I am me of course, and how I draw is wrapped up in who I am. However, habits can become crutches and that’s something to keep an eye on . . . OR NOT!


Starting about a week ago, and for an hour at the beginning of each ink slinging day, I’ve decided to do cats with my eye’s closed. Well mostly closed – I cheat on things like whiskers and sometimes a finishing detail or two. Also, I have to blink now and then to check and make sure my brush still has ink in it! Actually, I’m drawing a lot with brushes that have really become sticks. I must tell you more about that soon.


The results of my little experiment are intriguing – and thrilling. These drawings have a lot of character and are very lively. I think this means that when I draw with eyes open I sometimes get in my own way, probably by thinking too much. While I often have to proceed thoughtfully if I’m working on a really involved picture (like the one in my last post), for drawings like these, the less affected and more spontaneous I am, the better. What’s thrilling is that forcing myself to work blind also forces me to depend upon feel and a sense of motion. Odd as it may seem, it’s a far more engaged effort.


I’m certain that if I keep this up, my eyes will become better team players!


Your Buddy Bill