Turns Out I’m a Model and Didn’t Know It

My friend Sean at work asked my help with photographing some easels for a catalog. I helped him set up lighting and moved the easels around while he photographed them. I also helped him with some of the camera settings, like white balance and such. On some of the larger easels, he wanted a way to show scale, so I stood beside them. These are stinking huge easels! Crazy!

Sean didn’t tell me he was going to build a personal ad into my first photo. I think I’ll never hear the end of this one. I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve received from people in the office. I always tell them “It was Sean’s idea!”

Click the image below to see it larger. It’s pretty funny (or cheesy).

I'm 5'11" and I like long walks on the beech
I'm 5'11" and I like long walks on the beech

New Easel – Some Day I’ll Have Time to Paint

I got a new easel from work for free. My friend Sean encouraged me to ask one of the buyers if I could take home an easel because he also got a free easel this way. There were originally two easels sitting in the warehouse, neglected and unsellable samples. While the leftover easel wasn’t exactly the type I would choose (we sell many different types), free is a very good price. It’s nice enough and quite functional. Just last night I used it for the first time. I projected and traced the outline of a Gustav DorĂ© engraving. It shows Jesus bearing the cross and will be one of the artwork pieces used for Stations of the Cross at Ethnos Church. I traced the outline to get a quick layout but will fill in all the details and shading freehand, probably using charcoal, graphite and possibly some ink. There will several new pieces of “original” artwork (some reworkings of ancient art, others totally original) being made this year. I’m excited to see what the other artists come up with. Each year we try to make more art.

My friend Nate also recently gave me a nice metal field easel that folds up nicely, so now have no excuse not to paint and draw. Oh wait, my excuse is that I don’t have time.

I’ve been busy helping my church prepare for Stations of the Cross. Which by the way is this Friday and Saturday. You are welcome to come. It’s a free and no-pressure event. Basically, you just walk through at your own pace and see and hear the sights and sounds of the last hours of Jesus’ life. Get more info here.

Pretty soon I’m hoping to make some fairly basic abstract paintings of bold colors for wall decorations. I’ll write more about that later.