Friday, December 18, 2009

North Charleston Riverfront Park

Some miscellaneous pencil sketches from the Riverfront park at the Naval Weapon Station in North Charleston.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Refinery Tanks, Part 1

I tend to get hung up on a single subject at times and these refinery tanks seem to have become a recurring theme for me. These are viewed from across the marsh at Magnolia Cemetery.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Clouds Over Sullivan's Island

Looking from Mount Pleasant across the marsh toward Sullivan's Island.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Spruill Avenue, North Charleston

Recent preliminary sketches and an oil painting from photos, memory and video. I passed by this spot on the way to work quite often this past summer - when the sunrise and clouds were just right it was oddly breathtaking.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC

Magnolia Gardens
This sketch is a view of the woods near the boat landing at Magnolia Plantation.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery
Sorry about the long spaces between posts - life has gotten a little hectic lately and I'm getting a little backlogged. Still getting some drawing and painting done, it's just hard to find the time to scan and post.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Washington Street, Charleston, SC

Washington Street, Charleston, SC
Pencil and watercolor sketch of Washington Street in Charleston, SC. The house in the foreground is in pretty bad condition and is missing a good portion of its roof...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Char Reading
My youngest at bedtime reading for school.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Animals at Middleton Plantation

Sheep at Middleton Place
Sheep freely roam around and graze on the lawn.

A Cow at Middleton Place
A Cow and a chicken at Middleton Place. A couple of years ago we were visiting Middleton with our kids and they got the chance to milk this cow - our youngest stood a little too close to her head while my wife was getting them to pose next to the cow - apparently the cow didn't care for that much and knocked her down with her nuzzle...cue the barnyard drama...

Pretty hummingbird shot
My wife was in the right place at the right time - she was taking pictures in the butterfly garden when this hummingbird appeared - an incredible shot!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Middleton Plantation Rice Mill and Gators

Rice Mill at Middleton Plantation
Watercolor sketch from up on the terraced hill at Middleton Plantation looking down at the Rice Mill. Same structure as here and here. I'm really fond of that little mill for some reason...

Middleton Place Gators
My wife snapping photos of gators at the rice fields at Middleton Place - Alligators were everywhere.

Lurking baby gator
Here's my wife's shot.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Middleton Place Rice Fields

Recently my wife and I took a day off from work and headed over to Middleton Plantation. We got the kids off to school and arrived at Middleton shortly after it opened - it was great because the weather was perfect and there was hardly anyone else there at all. While I spent the morning walking around sketching my dear wife shot photos (she wanted to try out a new lens). So this week I'll be posting a few of her photos along with some of my sketches from our little trip.

Dave painting by the water
Walked around a bit and found a quiet spot

Dave and the workers
A couple of the groundskeepers quizzed me on what I was up to.

Middleton Place Rice Fields
Watercolor sketch of the rice fields.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Parking Lot

Parking Lot
Took a break from the excitement of cemeteries to draw a parking lot.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


One of my dear daughters using the laptop.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Two Cemeteries

Charleston, SC
View towards Bethany Cemetery from Magnolia Cemetery.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sullivan's Island Water Tower

Sullivan's Island
Pencil & watercolor wash looking towards Sullivan's Island from Mount Pleasant.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Marsh View, Mount Pleasant

Marsh View, Mount Pleasant
Pen & Ink with a little watercolor wash. This is near Shem Creek looking toward Downtown Charleston.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Boat and Dock

Dock and Boat
At Remley's Point in Mount Pleasant on an overcast day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Folly Beach Storm Clouds

Folly Beach
Sketchbook study of storm clouds rolling in to Folly Beach.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Harbor Path

Charleston Harbor
Path to Charleston Harbor on Hog Island (also known as Patriot's Point). If I ever get my butt in gear this will likely turn into a painting - still trying to work out the composition.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Boats on the Cooper River

Sailboat Studies

Boat Sketches
Not really much of a maritime artist (trying to render waves intimidates me), nevertheless here are some recent boats I viewed on the Cooper River.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Summer Sketches

Remley's Point


Figure Study

I've taken a short break and now I'm starting to get back in the swing of things. I've got a slight backlog of stuff from this summer which I'll be posting. Here are some recent loose (meaning sloppy and smudged) pencil sketches from Remley's Point, which is a small boat landing in Mount Pleasant. A great place to view people in action, plus a nice view of the Cooper River.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Rice Mill

The Rice Mill
Haven't had much time lately to scan any sketches - nothing seems too terribly worthy of posting. This is a studio watercolor I finished last month and just haven't gotten around to posting (my wife has to help me photograph the larger items; she's the digital camera expert!). It is of the Rice Mill at Middleton Plantation here in Charleston, South Carolina. Taken from sketches and photographs from back in January of this year.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Readying The Boat

Readying the Boat
A couple of guys getting their small sailboat ready to go out in the Cooper River from Remley's Point.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Flood Gate

Flood Gate
A view of a flood gate at Magnolia Cemetery - a lone egret hanging out next to it. We've had a heck of a heat-wave lately and I haven't had much desire to hang out in the humidity...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cooper River Terminal

The Kinder Morgan Terminal (I think) - viewed from across the Cooper River in Mount Pleasant.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Castle Pinckney

Castle Pinkney, Charleston, SC
Viewed from Waterfront Park in Downtown Charleston. Castle Pinckney was built in the early 1800's as a secondary harbor defense location. It was used briefly as a POW camp during the Civil War.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Below Deck

Ferry Ride
Another of AG below deck on the ferry back from Fort Sumter.