Mt Haynes 12 blog

Mt. Haynes #12 – Frigid Winter

Ink, inked collage and surface alteration on paper. 18″ x 24″



I’ve finished my TWELFTH Mt. Haynes picture!


This was one of several that have been languishing, ready to be torn up for scrap. But then it occurred to me that with such chopped up studio time (I haven’t had enough of it to tackle anything new), I had perfect guinea pigs for an aggressive experiment; just how far I could actually take my grinding, scraping and sanding before my pictures were ruined or my paper simply gave out?


I still don’t know! This new picture has been horribly beat up, patched and reinforced, yet the process has left it looking rather well worn and lovely. And it’s perplexing – awkward and even naive in some areas, yet quite sophisticated too. It might take me awhile to truly figure out what happened here.


I still have two more mountains I might save. Maybe I’ll manage it by week’s end!


Your Buddy Bill



Here is how this picture was finished


It looked like this when I started back into it. Although there were some fine looking marks and textures happening, the overall effect was rather discombobulated. And what about that odd tree in the foreground? I’m not quite sure what was going on with that, but for some reason, I liked it.


Mt Haynes 12.1


In this next view, you can see how I just plain pummeled that mountainside, slashing in ink and then grinding and ripping into it before it dried! I also wet-scrubbed a vague sort of top for the tree – not a very kind thing to do to either paper or a brush! Last of all, I sanded and scrapped the sky in the upper right, so skinning the paper that it’s only tissue thin in spots.


Mt. Haynes 12.2


I had this insistent hunch that what my picture really needed was another big ol’ tree in the foreground, right in the middle – which is the worst place to put anything that might become a disaster! I also felt that success lay in new texture, and that my second tree should also have some sort of gray area/aura/brush swipe around it too. There are a lot of times when picture making doesn’t make much sense!


As I so often do when I must ad lib and I don’t know how, I photographed my drawing, took it into Photoshop and started messing around. If you look below, you’ll see I threw in more marks, like that big, polka dotted, horizontal band just behind the trees and – – – hey, wait a minute, where the heck did that other tree come from? Well, being a clever little art thief, I simply lifted it from a beautiful Japanese woodblock print by a guy named Joichi Hoshi. There’s nothing wrong with seeing how something like that might look, okay?


I really admired Hoshi’s tree, but I couldn’t actually use it could I? I was on my own and facing problems: it’s damned hard to put a ghostly, white tree in an area that is already in ink, especially if the paper there is also on the brink of failing. There was no way this was going to turn out ideally.


Mt Haynes 12 digital rough


But then of course, the notion of what’s ideal can change unexpectedly. My paper did fail, and peel, and pill up. It did everything I didn’t want it to. I tried to collage a patch in, but that went down less than ideally. My poor old tree scrubbed in so crudely that I was appalled. Next came the staring at it part, where I tried to figure out whether there was any way to salvage the mess. Do you know what? The more I looked at it, the more I began to like the crude. I liked it a whole lot better than that delicate looking stolen tree, and though I had intended to take my tree much further, in the end I decided not to.


Mt Haynes 12.3


What I did do though, was drag in more ink, scrub and scrape a lot of it back out, and then prod and pick at my picture until I at last came to a standstill. This I chose to believe meant I was done. Here is the finished picture again:


Mt Haynes 12 blog




TRUE card bloc


Hey ya –

In a world full of trouble, problems and concern, it strikes me that if I pay attention, I hear just as much about the generosity and magnificence of the human spirit.

We have much to be thankful for, and even more to hope for.

My hope is that you have a fine, safe Thanksgiving.


Your Buddy Bill


PS: this image was made from Reidun’s childhood drawings – collaged, colorized and messed with in Photoshop by moi. I’ll probably fool with it a bit more.


Winter Cover 2


Hey ya –


I have a both column and an article in the new Winter issue of Fly Tyer Magazine!


The column tells the tale of fly tying frustration, deceit and redemption – set amidst poetic moments and snoring lions just beyond the lamplight. Well, okay, maybe they’re not lions, but I’m not exaggerating by much! My article is on the absolute necessity of always having generic gray fishing flies. I know, gripping stuff, right? Well, to fly fishers it kind of is, if it means catching a few more trout.


Fly Tyer Magazine is the best fly fishing related publication going. It’s good looking, always informative and strictly no nonsense. The Editor, Dave Klausmeyer, is a really great guy and a complete joy to work for. I’ve written, photographed (and even occasionally illustrated) many articles for him, and am really thrilled that I’ve now begun writing a few columns as well.


If you want to learn more about Fly Tyer, you can visit their website:


Okay, enough about bug making – it’s time to pick up a brush and make marks –


Your Buddy Bill








Hey All – 


I’ve taken a few days off to recover (and just plain loaf), but this morning I’m back in gear.


WOW – so many old and new friends came to Bob’s and my opening! THANK YOU, for taking the time, sharing your kind compliments and welcome observations. The afternoon was wonderful.


As for me, three hours went by in a blur. I tried to talk to everyone, but I didn’t get to spend nearly the time I would have liked to with everyone I’m grateful for. I have a rich life – and it’s all due to the generosity and care of those I cherish.


Your Buddy Bill


PS: I would especially like to thank Wendy Setzer for being a shutterbug – almost all of these photos are hers!




Here is my Sweetie – every single thing I do or am has Reidun in it!




This is Bob, who is ALWAYS dapper and charming – I wish I had his social ease.




Both Bob’s wife, Alice, and Lauren (her granddaughter) are so cool –  and radiate pure warmth.




On the other hand, I’m generally kinda goofy – but I’m me and that’s that.




Here are a few more shots – I really appreciate the photos friends keep sending.





















Good Morning All –


THREE DAYS TO MY OPENING – and we’re just about set!


Small tasks remain, most of which probably only matter to me. I’m knocking ’em off my list on this cooooold, wet and so very, very gray morning. I needed some color in my day, so I’ve popped in with a pretty picture: it’s a portion of the background from the animation project my sis and I struggled with as Christmas Elves last year – and it’s made up of my Sweet Reidun’s childhood drawings – collaged and colorized by moi (in Photoshop).


Planning is now underway between the eastern and western divisions of the United Elves Manufacturing and Packing (yes, we are unionized), for this year’s Christmas effort. There seems to be concern among the leadership over the estimated project size and work load, and may be some fear that the eastern gang has become a bit lazy? Discussions continue.


Your Buddy Bill



road killed owl 4

Road Killed Long-earred Owl #4

Ink, inked collage and surface alteration on paper. 18″ x 24″



Hey All –


The countdown to my opening continues – IT’S THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON!


Of course, there are still details to take care of, but as a bit of a break, I finally sat down to prep this image for my website. This is my 4th picture of a road killed, Long-earred Owl, finished in July, before my trip to Norway. Since then, it has been flattened and stored – I mean my picture of course! I enjoyed seeing it again this evening with fresh eyes, and I’m more impressed than I expected to be. There’s some good work in there!


Okay – now it’s time to get some sleep, wake up early and continue with more pressing chores. I’ll try to write again before the opening –


Your Buddy Bill


PS: this drawing is a good one for enlarging – click READ FULL ARTICLE below for a treat!




Hey ya –


When we unloaded Bob’s vehicle yesterday, I would have sworn it was one of those circus cars where the clowns just keep coming out, only this time it was painting after wonderful painting. That’s when we both began to worry. Then we brought in my work, and by the time it was all leaning against the walls, the count was up to 39!


I didn’t see how on earth we’d get ’em all up. But the gallery is deceptive. I think it’s because the ceilings are so high – it makes the hanging space seem smaller. Either that or we were just brilliant at arranging the work. Take your pick, but if you decide upon the latter, I’m complimented.


Lighting must be tweaked and walls touched up. And we must see to labeling, gallery notes & whatnot. I’m glad the Reception isn’t until the 14th!


Your Buddy Bill


PS: here are Bob and his wife, Alice – who is hands down the most ultra-cool girl ever!!!




I love the windows and brickwork – this gallery seems to be made for showing off work, especially if it’s done in black & white!







Hey ya –


Here are quick pix from our first day of hanging. It went WONDERFULLY well.


The Museum (and their gallery) are located in one of the assembling buildings for the old Rogers Locomotive Works – think BIG steam engines once put together in a BIG SPACE. High ceilings and a lot of brick and beams are no surprise at all then. Boy is it a nice place to hang art!.


I’m gonna eat some dinner, drink a gin & tonic, hang with my Sweetie – and SLEEEEEP, because tomorrow will be another day hard at it.


Your Buddy Bill







framed and ready


Hey All –


I’m all set! In a few hours I’ll load up m’car and then off to the museum I go. Hopefully, we’ll get much of the exhibition hung today.


I’ll report back in –


Your Buddy Bill


Mt Haynes 11 blog

Mt. Haynes #11 – Winter Stays Long

Ink and surface alteration on paper. 18″ x 24″





I can’t believe it’s finished, but hey – that’s what happens if I can’t sleep, and so work all night! And I gotta tell you, it was a really good thing I was so slap happy in the wee hours because the disasters just piled up. At one point my paper was so sodden and fatigued that I accidentally ripped out a section half the size of my palm! A few minutes later a corner went. And still I made it through, too tired to even panic, patching and repairing as I went. I may not be a purist, but I sure as heck know how not to be!


By mid-morning the mountain looked lovely and the sky foreboding. Perfect. Done. Next comes a nap and then I must get to my framing. I’m certain that next week will be quite the whirlwind, but this week is sure ending nicely!


To see a hi-res image and detail views:




Yep – me again and twice in one day!


I had no clue that I’d end up doing so many pictures of this old peak! Besides the two I’ve blogged about in the last week or so (scroll down to see previous posts), there are nine others already finished (see them here:


I still have at least two more to complete as well. This one is especially interesting:


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What you can’t see (because the camera couldn’t) is that the entire lower white area is just packed with scraped marks. One horizontal gray-ish brush stroke at the top/center of the white area hints at how all that paper scarring might look when I start dragging other marks over it. With any luck, a grainy-lined, powerfully graphic texture will result – and  it’ll be fantastic.


Hope abounds, but must wait patiently while other chores are taken care of –


Your Buddy Bill



PS: you can enlarge the image by clicking READ FULL ARTICLE – just below.



Hey there –


I’ve managed to bring a another Mt. Haynes picture back to life – really back to life in fact, but have also run into an unexpected hitch.


This is how it looked on Wednesday evening:


Haynes 11


The problem was that the broad sweep of black outlining the peak and skyline no longer worked. What started as a marvelous calligraphic mark when this picture was less well developed . . .


mt haynes 11 early


. . . became far too overpowering in the latter version. And those big white triangles in each upper corner were horribly distracting too. Clearly, a different sky had to go in, but how should it look?


Questions like this are sometimes easily answered if I take a snapshot of a drawing, open it in Photoshop and mess with it. Here is the digital rough I came up with, which I desperately liked:


Haynes 11 copy5


Okay, so having it look great in pixels and bits is NOT the same thing as managing it for real. How do you get rid of a lot of black ink? The answer is you don’t, not completely. But with patient, careful sanding (600 grit paper) and lots of erasing (kneaded, pink pearl and electric), you can almost move a mountain! This next photo is of the end result:


After sanding


And it’s also as far as I can take it. I like the grainy quality now (thankfully because it can’t be helped), but I’m also nervous: however I lay in the next gray washes and mess with ’em, it must be done once and just right – my paper is on the edge of fatigue and can’t take much more.


I’m glad I have to lay this picture aside for a day or two, while I finish framing for my Paterson Show. WE HANG IT NEXT WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY!


I may not be able to post further progress on this picture (if there is any) until late next week.


Take care All –


Your Buddy Bill



Spare Flower


Hey Ya –


Just thought you might like to wake up to a sweet and simple little flower.


I found it in one of my scrap piles, realized I liked it and reworked it a bit.


Have a fine day –


Your Buddy Bill


Mt Haynes blog

Mt. Haynes Behind the Madison River #10 – Dirty Weather

Ink, inked collage and surface alteration on paper. 18″ x 24″



Hey there Everybody –


I’ve saved a drawing I was sure was a goner – by doing so many terrible things to it that it should have just been murdered more! I know, I keep saying this kind of thing over and over, but I’m surprised again and again by what I can get away with. Are the worst things I used to think I could do to overwork a drawing going to turn out to be some of my best method?


This is my tenth picture of one of my favorite mountains. I have three more in various stages of confusion or failure – hey, maybe I can pull them off too. With nothing to lose, there’s plenty of room to plow right in!


There will be more to see in the next few days – keep checking in –


Your Buddy Bill



PS: click READ FULL ARTICLE below to see this drawing larger!


today cat 1


Good Evening All –


They’re stacking up – AND I’M NOT STOPPING UNTIL I HAVE A THOUSAND! Yep. It’ll take a bit, and I’ll do lots of other stuff too, but I’m having waaaaaaaaaaay too much fun not to keep this going.


Now it’s time to knock off for the evening, eat some home-made pizza and watch a rom com with my Sweetie. Such a great reward after a very satisfying day!


Your Buddy Bill


PS: this was the morning’s first fellow – he quickly led to others – scroll on down to see three of ’em.


today cat 2


today cat 3


Hey all –


Well, I drew less well this afternoon, but these two aren’t bad:


cat again


cat again 2


And here is a third, which though kind of interesting, still has quite a ways to go. I wish you could see some of the interesting things happening with the cut in/scrubbed in/grainy thin lines. My photo doesn’t show this well, but if the drawing makes it all the way, I’ll post a better image.




I had a happy, quiet morning making a few new chaotic cat drawings. Here is a really quick, point-n-shoot peek at four of ’em:


oct 24 morning cats

Hey All –


My matting and framing prep has gone more easily and quickly than anticipated! Five of my pictures will float within deep frames, visible from edge to edge and elevated off the back surface. The other seven will do the same, but in larger frames that also allow for a floating mat, which will act as a window within which my pictures hover. The presentation looks great. All that remains is to put my pictures in place and close ’em all up. I’ll wait to do that until a day or two before we actually hang the exhibition.




I think I’ll see if I can’t finish a few that have been hanging around too long – here are three I’m looking at this afternoon:




The one above is a view of Mt. Haynes in Yellowstone Park that stalled early in the year. I might know how to continue now, or at least make a kamikaze attempt. And then there are these two final road killed owl portraits that have been patiently waiting. Both need heads and bit more here and there. . .






You can also pretty much count on a new cat or few as the week goes along.


You know, I’m kind of excited!


Your Buddy Bill



PS: these are fun to look at bigger – click READ FULL ARTICLE in the gray bar below.


A very kind and gifted photographer, Tsun Tam, recently accompanied Bob and me down to Paterson, NJ to photograph us while we painted.


Bob looks like the prototypical fine artist, deeply engaged in work – geez he looks like he came out of a Norman Rockwell painting or something. I don’t. I was honestly slinging ink, all but unaware of Tsun clicking away; I wasn’t posing at all and yet I look just foolish! Apparently I hunch over, lean in and make really glaring faces. I had no idea, though I must admit I have long known I’m not cool.


Here is Bob at the falls:


Bob painting 4


This is the view, which is even more impressive in real life!


Bob painting 3


And most of the photographic evidence points towards this as the typical me:


Bill Painting 2


Yes, well. . . okay – I yam what I yam, I guess.


Your Buddy Bill