Author Archives: The Artist Monk

Steve’s

Steve’s

I stopped by to visit my friend Steve. It was late and very cold outside. I still needed to draw something before midnight to keep my streak of doing some art daily alive. I wasn’t sure what to draw. I wanted to go out and wander around some…see what caught my eye. But it was… Continue Reading

Training

Training

On a recent trip to the Tonawanda Reservation I met up with my old friend Leon. We drove over to the old culvert tunnel on the rez. The train line that once ran over it has long been abandoned. But the culvert tunnel was still there serving as a reminder of a bygone time. I… Continue Reading

How long does it take?

How long does it take?

It’s an understandable question. I’ve asked it of artists myself in regards to a certain work. How long does it take to make a picture? How long does it rain? Every picture is different. Two legendary songwriters, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are sitting at a table in a cafe conversing about song writing. “I… Continue Reading

What to draw?

What to draw?

“When I was a student I didn’t know what to draw,” my teacher Juanita Greene Parks once told me. “I’d walk for miles and not find anything to draw…now, wherever I go I see pictures,” I knew where she was coming from. I remember what a struggle I used to have picking out my subject… Continue Reading