Friday, August 3, 2012

Out in the west we have lots of cows. We live on 64 acres and surrounded by cows. We kinda like it though as they just mind their own business and give us a bit of enjoyment as well. I was out and about a few days ago and finally caught this mother cow cleaning up he baby. It was pretty cute and because the mother cows protect their young I thought it best to get this picture while the getting was good. I got a few pictures before the herd circled round to protect the baby. Enjoy.  Mac

Friday, July 27, 2012


Hello to everyone viewing this post. Yes another dog portrait. Can't seem to stop drawing these little furry guys. I guess I could draw dogs all day long and not get bored. This one is an Aussie that belongs to a good friend of mine. They will always have something in remembrance of their beloved pet and I think that is important. Anyways, enjoy the portrait and thanks for dropping in.  Mac

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


         Here is Joey. Yes he really smiles just like the portrait. When he runs his smile goes from ear to ear. Not sure he knows what a smile is but he sure has a good one. He is full of life and brings my wife and I much joy. He is a dog worthy of a portrait. Hope this puts a smile on everyone's face and finds you in good health. God Bless.  Mac   

8x10 color pencil titled Little Joey.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Slave to the Wagon

 While down in Old Tombstone this last fall I got the opportunity to ride a wagon, pulled by two gentle creatures. They were small draft horse. Stood some 16 hands with very large hooves. One of them was very friendly and I had the pleasure of spending a few moments with him, his head in my chest while I scratched his ears. As always I took a few dozen pictures of the horses as well as the wagon. If you have never been to Tombstone I recommend it. Getting back home with a hundred pictures or more I decided to draw a series of Tombstone using sepia pencils, much like charcoal and fun to work with. Here is one I did of the draft horses.  Enjoy, Mac  Presently hanging at the Prescott Trap and Skeet club. This original piece is for sale.   9"x12"

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Just finished this drawing for a client in Tenn. This is Blue. Cute little guy and fun to draw. I think the best part of drawing pet portraits is the reaction of the owners. I received an e-mail shorty after she received the portrait and the joy it brought her was a reward in it's self. Sometimes I sit and just think about what I am doing, were it will take me and what will be my next drawing. It's moments like this that reminds me of how lucky I am. Doing something that is enjoyable and putting smiles on peoples faces. Leaving something behind that says I was here and did this drawing.  Mac

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Well I did it. After waiting for my wife to get over the loss of her little dog a year and a half ago I finally did what I knew all along need to be done. I brought home this cute little dog to fill her life with joy. The kind of joy only a lively little guy like this can bring. He is two years old, a rescued dog with more energy than we both bargained for. His name is Joey. So now my wife and I are both pretty busy getting him settled in and use to his new home. Here he is, all 8 1/2 lbs of him. A real charmer for sure. Good day to all and thanks for stopping by.  Mac

Thursday, February 23, 2012


It is a beautiful day here in Prescott Valley, AZ. doesn't seem like winter and I am grateful for that. Up to now I have just been giving you some of my background so you will understand what I do and why I enjoy it so much. I have always been a dog lover. How any creature can show such a strong bond to man has special meanings to me. To be able to capture the spirit of the animals I draw gives me great satisfaction. I hope you will join me in this journey, share your work and thoughts as well. Some of the greatest rewards in life are free. Together we can search them out.  Mac

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Well I have shown my first portrait and just how bad I needed lessons in art. Thought it only fair to follow up on what I am currently doing these days. As I said in my first post, pencil drawing has become a passion for me. I just need to find more time. Time management is always a problem for new artist. It all comes down to making a commitment. I find it is easy to let personal matters disrupt the time I need for my art. That is the part of commitment I need to work on and ingrain into my life. Anyway, here is a portrait I did for a friend of mine. This is Gunnie, silver lab that just loves to hunt. He is a sweet dog and worthy of a portrait.  Hope it brings a smile to your face as it did mine.

Monday, February 20, 2012


How it all started.
 Back in April of 2011 I decided to draw a portrait of my wife's little dog, Jake. We had him for 13 years and his loss came pretty hard. I wanted to give my wife something that would be special, something that would show her that I too missed this little guy. So with a 2h pencil and a plain piece of  paper from my printer I set out on a mission. I had no clue what I was doing. I decided to use a grid so as to get his eyes and nose in their proper place. Not knowing anything about blending or using erasers I must say it was a challenge. Being determined to complete what I started out to do and a week worth of experiences I will never forget, I completed my first drawing. Although not my best work, I am very proud of it as it is why I am here today. Little Jake lives in my heart and is with me every time I pick up a pencil. I love what I do and drawing has become my passion.