Tag Archives: drawing

New Drawings at The Art Spirit

 

Beached #2

I’m showing new charcoal drawings at The Art Spirit Gallery, in a show that opens Friday, November 10. The works range in size and subject matter…from a series of small  whale vignettes (Beached) to a life-sized tree.  I will join enamel artist Sheila Evans at an opening for our show, from 5-8.

Tree Revisited

 

The show will be up through November 25 at The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave, Coeur d”Alene, Idaho. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9-6.

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The Sketchbook Project

CoverIts been a year since Black Thumb Art closed its Oregon studio. We traveled to the East Coast, Egypt, and Turkey before relocating in Spokane. While the new charcoal studio is being built, I’ve been working with different media and processes.

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For several years I’ve collected photos from the sports section of the local newspaper; images that remind me of religious Mannerist paintings with their twisting figures, mouths agape, and heavenward glances.  Before moving, I scanned and printed several of these photos onto paper.  I’ve been experimenting with them since, layering opaque watercolor (gouache) and gold leaf over the images.Two Saints

Recently I used this process in a book I submitted to The Sketchbook Project, part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library and one of the largest collections of sketchbooks in the world.

My book, Angels in Egypt, has been chosen to be part of The Sketchbook Project’s Mobile Library tour this summer.  You can check it out (literally) if you are in one of the tour cities, beginning this weekend in Chicago’s Millennium Park.  The tour ends August 28th, back in New York at the Whitney Museum.  Here is a link to the full tour schedule.Mobile library, 4000 books

 

If you can’t make it to one of these cities, Here is a link to the scanned version of Angels in Egypt.

 

 

"Angels in Egypt" pages 19-20

“Angels in Egypt” pages 19-20. Colored pencils, Gelly Roll and Micron Pigma pens.

Scanned pic from the Corvallis Gazette Times.

Scanned pic from the Corvallis Gazette Times

Drawing Deeper

St. Maggie

“St. Maggie”, charcoal and gold leaf on canvas, 5″ x 7″ x 2″

I’m showing new drawings this fall at Chemeketa Community College.

This exhibit  features four other artists whose work is focused on the discipline of drawing – Debra Beers, April Coppini, Megan Vossler and Samantha Wall.

Balanced #2

 

 

“Drawing Deeper” will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4 in the Gretchen Schuette gallery, located on the first floor of Building 3 on the Salem campus. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, or by appointment.

 

Balanced #2 detail

“Balanced #2″ (detail), charcoal on paper, 65″ x 17”

Treed

 

drawing "Large Oak"

“Large Oak”
charcoal and gesso on paper
36″ x 24″

I confess, the month of April slipped past me and I neglected to post an announcement of the spring exhibit, New Work by 13 Artists, at The Art Spirit Gallery. The show ends today, but many pieces are still available, including the drawing above. Now that it’s May and things are less hectic, I’m ready to climb down the metaphorical tree, and back into the studio.

 

The Great Ship Prichard

Prichard Art Gallery Benefit Auction- Noah Kroese Illustration“If art is a journey, the gallery is the ship.” *

The  Prichard Art Gallery Benefit Exhibition will come to a close Saturday night, February 8th, with a live auction that begins at 7:00 pm.  As a contributing artist, I appreciate how the Prichard manages their benefit exhibits:

  • artists are allowed to set a minimum price for their work
  • artists have the option of contributing 50%-100% of a sale to the gallery
  • prior to the auction, the exhibition is free and open to the public

It’s always an honor to be invited to contribute your work to an art auction, but I am not inclined to participate without the stipulations listed above. They indicate respect for the artists and their work, while offering some level of access to all community members.

Tickets for the live auction are $15, and available at the Prichard, One World Cafe, and Book People.

charcoal drawing "Field Burn #4"

Field Burn #4

I have two charcoal drawings and a “moon” print in the auction. You can view all available work at the Online Auction Gallery.

charcoal drawing "Bill"

Bill

*Auction illustration by Noah Kroese

Two Phobias: Of Mice and Moon

Two Phobias

Drawn to the Wall V Exhibit, “Two Phobias”
-photo by Christian Woods     

     To a phobic, the depth of fear is wholly out of proportion to the actual threat. Fear of the moon—why is madness called lunacy? Musophobia—even the thought of mice or rats can induce states ranging from panic to paralysis.  Two Phobias explores out-sized fear in an over-sized medium.

 On the work itself, the isolation of space has been enhanced by hand-rubbing charcoal into the chalkboard paint background. Features of the moon are charcoal over white gesso. The mice are drawn hair-by-hair with a silverpoint stylus, a technique I learned at a British Museum workshop in Elizabethan art materials; the images will change over time as the silver reacts to its environment.

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Here are some photos, taken in August, as I worked on my wall drawing:

Drawing from Memory

Heyburn

1440 Main, view from the front doorway, 1968

My hometown of St. Maries Idaho is having it’s centennial celebration this year, and in the nostalgic spirit of remembering the past, I drew  seven images of places and events…from memory. As I tried to remember specifics…was it four windows or five in a classroom…I found some details were clear while others were hazy.

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Highway 3 near Golf Course Road, Halloween wreck, 1969

These charcoal drawings of places and events, circa 1967-69, contain a degree of unreliability. I cannot claim they are completely truthful representations since they are based on memories that after more than four decades, are prone to exaggeration, misinterpretation and alteration.

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Six of the drawings are hanging as pairs in storefront windows on St. Maries’ Main Street, between 8th and 10th streets. They will be up through Labor Day and the Paul Bunyan Days Celebration. Thank you Les Schwab, American Title Company, and Pizza Factory for displaying the work.