Sketchbook History Tour

1972 – 2015

Sketchbook History Tour – 1995

I don't really have an explanation for these drawings from 1995.  I was just goofing off and came up with this series of women dancing in their bathing suits.  I like them, they make me laugh.  Which one is your most favorite and least favorite? Why?     Drawings ©...

Sketchbook History Tour – 1994

1994 was a big year. It was the year I gave up on a path and started to forge a new one.  In May of 1994 we moved from San Jose, California where I was teaching part-time at 3 Community Colleges AND working as a manager at Eulipia Restaurant to Broken Arrow, a suburb...

Sketchbook History Tour – 1993

I got some markers in 1993.  It allowed me a lot more color freedom and I went to town with them. You can see from the background landscape that they haven't changed much over the decades. I always return to distant hills, ocean and receding paths.   The horizontal...

Sketchbook History Tour – 1990

The 1990 sketchbook isn't as good as the one from 1989 for some reason, not sure why. But there are some interesting images.   I had started to make a habit of drawing over some earlier odd or incomplete sketches with nudes from the drawing class I was teaching....

Sketchbook History Tour – 1988

Welcome to 1988.  We are still living in San Jose, California.  All three of our kids are born and growing.  I have started to draw a fantasy series in my sketchbook of various creatures in the act of worshipping other bizarre creatures.  Bet you didn't know there was...

Sketchbook History Tour – 1984

  I used to take public transportation often.  I loved drawing while on a bus, subway or train. There is something liberating about knowing you can't control the line, you just have to create within the parameters of a jostling, bumpy series of movements.  It's a...

Sketchbook History Tour – 1983

While in the MFA program at San Jose State University ( I had left Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan after one year without an MFA) I started doing large scale photorealist drawings of people and objects that also included large expanses of grass.   At the same...

Sketchbook History Tour – church, 1982

See, even back in 1982 I was drawing in church!   In 1982, after we moved to San Jose from a year in Michigan, Kathy and I found out about this little church in San Jose called 'Bread of Life'.  There had to be no more than 50 people max that attended.  As a result we...

Sunday Sketchbook History Tour

  Today we travel to 1980 In 1980 we move to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan so I could attend graduate school at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  I started thinking about narrative ideas and images for our initial assignment in the printmaking department.  We had to do...

Sketchbook History Tour – 1973

Sketchbook History Tour - 1973. I have sketchbooks dating back to 1971.  Each Sunday I will post a drawing, going through the years. Sunbather at a Country Club, 1973 During the summer after I graduated from High School I got blown up in a boat explosion.  My...

Archive Sunday – Bruce Hall, 1972

Remember last week I mentioned I had counted up my sketchbooks and I found I had 29 of them? I decided to to through them and pick out one per year to post on Sundays for a while.  This is from the first sketchbook (1971-1973).  I was 17 when I painted this, my junior...

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