“Immanuel” Oil on Canvas.
Plume flourishes are great practice for Spencerian writing as the “C” strokes that compose both side of this Plume are essentially the capital stems of many Spencerian letters.
My portrait of C.S. Lewis, “The Untamed lion” in pencil and charcoal. Lewis was a profound thinker with his pipe always close at hand. He had a coat with a front pocket that had to be replaced several times because in the flurry of new thought he would tuck his still-lit pipe into his pocket to jot down his thoughts and it burned through the cloth several times.
“The Lord’s Prayer.” A study I did from one of the old greats, W. E. Dennis. Dennis to me had one of the most naturalIstic and flowing scripts of the old masters. While many strive to obtain a naturalistic flow to their writing, Dennis seemed to have a deep intuition for it that showed in all of his work. His style reflected much of the proper forms of English writing tradition blended with the confidence, spontaneity, variety and whimsy of American Penmanship. His style was all his own and always right. More than following in his footsteps I have tried to follow in his pen strokes.
“Heart of Music.” In art there is a term coined in the French, “trompe l’œil” which means, “trick of the eye.” The real “trompe l’œil” of this piece is in the way I rendered the reflections in the brass horn instruments at the top. Look in the reflections and you will see the other portions of the heart of Music reflected and distorted as they would be in real life. Proportion, texture, detail, and shading are of course all important in this as in any drawing but the real aspect that suspends your disbelief and draws you into this piece are the reflections. Look closer!
“It is Well with My Soul.” Ink on vellum. This collection of pictures shows the progress of this piece and the careful execution of the final. Every piece starts with a layout- usually in pencil on a separate sheet of paper. It is then transferred to the final surface and adjusted as needs be. To get a complete work like this it usually takes a couple drafts to get all compositional elements working for the end result.
“Flight of Fancy.” Today we got our first dusting of snow here in Colorado. While I am excited for winter I always miss the birds. This piece celebrates beauty and aerobatics of one of my favorite birds- the swallow.
My latest hand-engraved pen nib pendants for @everydayheirloomco. I will have these exclusively for sale at the @coloradopenshow this weekend! Come stop by and say, ‘hi!’ I will be there Friday through Sunday selling limited edition prints of my work, doing demos, and talking all things pens! ✍🏻 I can’t wait!
A few of my favorite pens I’ve made over the years.