Sketchbook History Tour

1972 – 2015

Sketchbook History Tour, 2009

It's 2009 in the Sketchbook History Tour.  Only 2 more weeks and we will have traveled through time 39 years, from 1972 to 2011! Here we have 2 from 2009, both of them made up out of my head, just for fun. I like this drawing.  It makes me happy. I like this one too....

Sketchbook History Tour, 2006

I had an online conversation with an old high school chum this week about church. In essence, he hates the church and thinks it's evil.  He sees church-goers as being of one mind, one thought, one idea, one personality, one belief.  He wasn't discriminating between...

Sketchbook History Tour, 2005

I like this drawing a lot, with the woman and quotes, they make sense together I think.   This is me as the famous Parisian artiste toiling away in my garret with just my beret to keep me company. I saw her in church, briefly, and I liked her boniness. I drew from...

Sketchbook History Tour, 1998

In 1998 I took a trip to New York to visit my sister. I went into Manhattan a few times via the Long Island Railroad to visit museums.  I drew along the way.  Looking back I saw 3 different types of portraits I was creating.  I still do the same three types.   A...

Sketchbook History Tour, 1997

We started in 1972 (6 months ago) and now are at the 25 year mark in my sketchbook history tour.  We went to Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa for many years. I spent many hours drawing in this church.  I spent an extra long amount of time on this one after the...

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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