Most of the drawings in this section won't fit into
the usual categories, I'll just call them "New. Art"
2021, graphite and color pencils on paper, 14 x 18
(if you ever rode dirt bikes)
A commission drawing of a not so antique, but a sort of classic motorcycle owned and ridden by Mike McCoy. To those who rode dirt bikes the mid 1970’s, the Jawa CZ 400 would have instilled fear in any competitor’s heart. It was fast and sure footed. Mostly sold in the European markets, the CZ dominated the off-road scene winning many motocross and trials events world wide before the Japanese technology took over motocross in the early 1980’s. Jawa motorcycles were manufactured in the Czech Republic by Frantisek Janecek. Mr. Janecek bought the German motorcycle company, Wanderer in 1929 and combined the first two letters from Janecek and Wanderer to form the Jawa brand. In 1948 Czechoslovakia was nationalized by the Communists which merged Jawa with CZ. Jawa-CZ continues to manufacture and market motorcycles to this day.
Gruene Hall 2.0
2021, graphite on paper, 9 x 12.
Gruene Texas, now part of New Braunfels and just north of San Antonio, is where music, art, good times and good food are on tap for locals and tourists. With music nightly, but especially on Saturdays and Sundays Gruene Hall has become an internationally known music venue for established music icons as well as up and coming artists and performers. Constructed in 1878, the building, a Texas Registry Property, has hosted social meetings, sales talks, bar fights, brawls, movie filming as well as some of the best Boot Scooting Country music and dancing on the six thousand square foot open air dance floor and outdoor garden.
Comal County Courthouse
Graphite and color pencils, 18 x 10, 2021
The Comal County Courthouse was built by architect J. Riely Gordon in 1898 in New Braunfels, Texas, the county seat of Comal County. This Romanesque Revival style National Register Property is similar to some of the other Texas civic buildings designed by Gordon; a Greek Cross with the entryways at the juncture, rather than on the ends of the arms.
Emergency Motorcycle Tool Kit
graphite & color pencils on paper, 9.5 x 12, 2021
Every motorcycle rider who has ever experienced a break-down has gathered a basic took kit. Like an insurance policy, when it is needed you have to hope the tools are fitting for fixing what broke. As with any learning experience the items to hand are tried and true tools useful in almost any situation. This array of tools is very basic. My own tool kit that has traveled with me for a couple hundred thousand motorcycle miles is way more complex than this. But every item has been called upon many times in many situations to save the day.
As a restoration and custom Harley tech with Bud Reveile for 20 years at his Austin, Texas, Cesar Chavez St. location, I saw his loving spirit touch many people’s lives. This drawing is to commemorate Bud Reveile and the many folks he helped find a better life and stay in the wind. Every day there was something new to learn, new friends to meet, and new problems to figure out. Sometimes the people we travel with are part of the tool kit that saves the day.
Spirit of the Tree
Graphite & color pencils on paper, 9 x 12, 2021
This drawing is based on a tree trunk carving of Saint Mary seen at a church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. .The Virgin Mary is well represented in many different ways in regional Catholic churches in the American South West and Northern Mexico. This one was out on the lawn, carved into a two or three hundred year old dead cottonwood trunk. Not being particularly religious, but wanting to do something with the image of St, Mary looking out from a hiding place in a tree, I came up with an idea and started phooling with phantasy.
Buffalos, ( Tatonka )
graphite & chalk on paper, 9.5 x 12, 2020
I Was asked to come up with an image of buffalos for a Christmas gift.
This drawing is, in part, an idea from one of my 1995 music posters, and my current interpretation of what I think buffalos do.
If you've ever been to Yellowstone Park, the buffalo walk, not run, all over the various highways in the Park. We got caught in the Buffalo Jam more than once. It took the herd forty five minutes to cross the road. Some of them are easily as big as an SUV.
Crystal Glass still life
color pencils and graphite, 9 x 12, 2020
The Grandkids forgot their color pencils,
so just for the fun if it ...
Crystal Glass Bottle Stopper
12 x 9, 2020, color pencils and graphite on paper
Saint Peter's Angels
20 x 16, 2020, graphite and color pencils on paper
drawing presented as framed.
Detail, Saint Peter's Basilica
20 x 16, 2020, mixed media on paper
Reversed contrast, like a negative.
To Florence With Love
2020, dry mixed media, 18 x 10
A typical street scene in the Historic District of Florence, Italy with Santa Maria del Fiori in the background. Most streets in Florence wind toward the Duomo Piazza which offers locals and visitors alike a chance to renew their Christian vows at one of the largest Cathedrals in Italy. From San Miniato al Monte on the hill South of Florence and the Arno River, to the North side hill up to Fiesole, the Cathedral and bell tower dominate the skyline.
Boxing Black Belt Bout
graphite and color pencils on paper, 16 x 20, 2020.
On January 25, 2020, in New Braunfels, Texas, Andrew Romero fought 10 rounds with four different opponents to earn his Boxing Black Belt while coaches, family and friends look on cheering and screaming.
"Stay Strong, Never Give Up"
My friend asked me to attend and perhaps create a drawing commemorating the event. In the composition process the idea of adding color to the graphite came up, this is the result.
Coffee Pot Bees
2020, graphite and color pencils on paper, 16 x 12.5
Won third place at the New Braunfels Gallery "Anything Goes" 2021 exhibit where it sold.
Grandpa Bean always kept bees, I think these hives near his home in Central Arizona were clandestine as Grandma didn't know about them. She would have forbidden him to attend to his bees because he had been stung way too many times.
Before retiring from Washington D.C. he often had 15 to 20 hives in his care. Local Maryland farmers often called on Grandfather to request bee pollen service. He also collected rouge swarms, finding the queen, gently placing her and her bees in wooden hives and transporting them to favorable locations.
Grandpa's Dresser Bureau
2020, graphite on paper, 15 x 12
Envision Arts Best Of Show
Still Life exhibit, October 1, 2020
As a curious child I was overwhelmed at all the stuff Granddad kept on and in his bedroom dresser. While I should not have been nosing around my Grandparent's private stuff, (if they had caught me there would have been consequences) it is still a vivid memory that I honor here.
This pencil on paper drawing is a still life composition of some of the many things that I inherited from my Great Grandfather, Grandpa, and Father.
Grandfather Bean was a Measurement Engineer at the U.S. Bureau of Standards in Washington DC, 1934 to 1964.
The Family Drift Wood at Low Tide
2020, graphite on paper, 18 x 14
Fishing line, baby turtles and plastic bottles, Oh My.
Two pieces of drift wood, one carved by Nature in water and waves, the other craved by an artistic creative mind with a sharp knife. The two came together in this still life composition of shells, turtles and trash to commemorate the state of our oceans.
One can only hope ….
Liberty holds the Space Shuttle in her right hand, a Brigantine in her left. Both were vehicles of discovery in their time. Are you ready for the next Big Adventure?
WHEN LIBERTY MET ESCHER
2019, graphite and colored pencils on paper, 16 inch square
This work of art was inspired by the works of M.C. Escher.
Somewhere between science, religion, politics and the spirit of discovery are choices we consider in our dreams. Those dreams can take us anywhere. In this Sci Fi dream a future crossroads is inviting to all, but in reality is not. The Crossroads not only connects to different places, but to different dimensions and events. Because, if you are here, for some reason you’ve left the green, green grass of home. You might be an individual from the tired, huddled masses staring up at the last icon of universal freedom. Or maybe you are someone who is following a dream or passion, and just arrived at this place we call ‘here’, only to depart for the unknown.
Like some of Escher’s works, there are interesting dilemmas at the crossroads of life's choices. “Is this real or fantasy," "Are there undiscovered truths," "Do I really want to go there?”
Only you can answer these questions and live your dream.
Medieval Science Lab
graphite on paper, 9 x 7, 2020
In the dark recesses of a medieval castle chamber filled with ancient arcane books, an alchemist studies bones, bugs and kitty cats.
Afternoon Boot Scoot, Gruene Hall 1
2019, graphite on paper 9 x 12.
Gruene Texas, just north of New Braunfels and San Antonio, is where music, art and good times are on tap for locals and tourists. Especially on Saturdays and Sundays, Gruene Hall has become an internationally known music venue for established music icons as well as up and coming artists and performers. Constructed in 1878, the building has hosted social meetings, sales talks, bar fights, brawls and movie filming as well as dancing on the six thousand open air dance floor and outdoor garden.
Monday Morning, Gruene Hall 2
graphite on paper, 2019, 9 x 12
Another view of Gruene Hall
Different perspective, day
Morning Dance Class, Gruene Hall 3
graphite on paper, 2020, 9 x 12,
Sportster Chuck Rides Again
ink and graphite on paper, 1989 / 2020, 8.5 x 11, $100
in August 1988 Chuck, Steve Tripplet and I rode from Austin, Texas up to Sturgis, South Dakota to work at the big Harley Motorcycle rally. We had made it a point to attend another a biker rally in Cedaredge, Colorado the week before where we spent a couple of days partying with the folks of the sponsoring club, riding in the Colorado Rockies.
We often would pick out the back roads to ride rather than a direct route to what ever destination was to be the evenings camp sight.
And we often rode two up in one lane, handlebar to handlebar because we had the trust that the other could keep on the straight and narrow.
My friend’s dog, Buddy
pencil on paper, 2019, 9 x 12
pencil on paper, 2019, 9 x 12
pencil on paper, 2019, 9 x 12
2018, mixed dry media on paper, 10 x 13
On the Navajo Indian Reservation where the air is so much clearer and cleaner in the Four Corners of North East Arizona stand The Three Sisters. Yes it is blazing hot in the sun, but the scanty shade of a thirsty desert tree offers a brief respite with the promise of water if you dare to dig. Tourists and visitors to the Navajo Reservation are not allowed to just go where they wish. Most of the Reservation is considered sacred ancestral ground, off limits to outsiders. A Reservation approved guide driving a four wheel drive bus took us to this area during a special tour.
2018, graphite on paper, 10.5 x 13
REFLECTION RE – FLEX
2018, graphite & pastel on paper, 10.5 x 17.5.
Upright or upside-down?
You make the call.
The Siena Campanili as seen after a early morning rain.
A Spoof of the Trump presidency.
2018, mixed media, 18 x 14
The People have spoken. Enough "Reality Show Host" bull crap
What do Americans really think now .....?