Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30 work in progress

Slow slow slow toooooo sllllooowwww progress.  I should be done or close to done.  It's just one of those months...  I wouldn't normally post this at this weird stage where the undertones are showing but I know the future owner of this piece is very anxious to see it, and I have to leave for a couple days.

Monday, April 29, 2013

upcoming art show!

I will post all the artwork here before the show starts, and give you the info regarding how to purchase one if you would like one of my drawings but are unable to visit the gallery.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 18 works in progress

Brown Red Japanese Bantams
colored pencil and graphite on cream Stonehenge paper
10 by 12 inches
custom, sold 

Cape Buffalo engraving on Winchester Model 70 floorplate
 oval is about 7/8 by 1 inch
custom, sold

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 16 works in progress

It's worth noting that on these "WIP" photos I'm usually taking snapshots late at night and I don't bother color-correcting stuff too much, so nobody should get too hung up on whether the colors seems a little "off."


Brown Red Japanese Bantams
colored pencil and graphite on cream Stonehenge paper
10 by 12 inches
custom, sold

Cape Buffalo
engraving on Winchester Model 70 floorplate
oval is about 7/8 by 1 inch
custom, sold

Friday, April 12, 2013

kickin' up their heels!

A few of Jen's Gypsy horses after moving to fresh pasture the other day...

Tuesday, April 09, 2013


There are a few months in every year that are particularly busy.  January, April, September, and December come to mind.  It usually has something to do with art shows, being on the road a lot, and sometimes tax paperwork (gag!)  I'm juggling a lot this month.

I was gone for a while over Easter, and I got a chance to visit with a whole bunch of people and that was SO nice.  I'll be making the drive two times this month, lots of family stuff going on.  It's an easy drive, I think my car knows it by heart, can I try autopilot?  ;-)

The weather has been all over the place.  It was warm, and then it rained a lot, and there was an impressive thunder/lightning storm complete with my phone sending me a flash flood warning (wow!), and then it got really windy, and now I think it's going to warm up again.  The first rattlesnake of the season was found about two weeks ago.  OMG I am so not ready for summer again.


My first batch of chicks will hatch in about a week and a half.  It's kind of a learning curve this year figuring out what the new coop is going to be able to hold.  I have fewer pens and smaller pens here, so I have to limit numbers.  That's totally fine, I know how easily I can let the chicken thing take over my life, and it's pretty crucial that I keep things very simple because I don't have time to deal with a complicated setup.  I'm thinking 100-150 chicks is probably about the right number, and considering the tremendous number of eggs that they are laying, I may get that in half the time I estimated.  And that would be AWESOME!!!

I'm going to be in an art show next month in Redding at The Studio Experience Gallery.  The show opening is on the 2nd Saturday, and I'll post more info as I get it.  I am doing 20 small drawings for this show, and they are REALLY fun.  :-)  More later...

I am engraving metal.  It's a collaboration on a Winchester Model 70 rifle floorplate.  It came to me with the scrollwork and inlay already done, and I am to engrave a Cape Buffalo in the blank oval.  Okay, I've had my crazy reasons for resisting doing metal engraving, but here goes.  ;-)

There's a chicken drawing taking shape over on the drawing table.  This will be a trio of Japanese Bantams.

Okay, it's 11:30, I think I'll do another hour of work and call it a night!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Cape Buffalo Knife finished!

Whew!  A "black" animal that used 12 different colors of ink!  And three colors on the back.

This knife will be going off for engraving soon (I'm not doing that!) so I'll post pics of the WHOLE knife after that is done.  For now, you can see my scrimshaw.

"Chancellor Cape Buffalo Knife"
multicolor scrimshaw on pre-ban elephant ivory
by Katherine Plumer, 2013
ivory scales are 4-3/8 inches long
sold, custom