Monday, September 8, 2008

Model T for sale (OK, so it's only a drawing)

Pencil drawing of a model T. Image size is 8 x 10, museum quality. Starting price is just $10. (usd) Click on the title of this post or on the link at the right to bid. The auction will begin this afternoon and run for 7 days.

I started to go to car shows a couple of years ago when I started dating a proud '70s Corvette owner. Much to my surprize, I liked it. Particularly the older models. I still know very little about them, but they just look so cool! So, of course I had to start drawing them. The pencil drawings were just for me, most of the paintings were comissioned by the owners of the vehicles.

I decided it was time to let go of some of the drawings I've done, starting with this one. Art by us is a possibly great auction site, all original work sold by the artists themselves. It's very similar to ebay, but free to use (supported by advertising), so the prices don't have to include listing fees unless you want to jazz up the listing . It's gotten so outrageously expensive to get your art listing noticed by even a few people on e-bay that I thought I'd give this a try.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Band Painting

"The Band" Acrylic mixed media painting on Board. 34" x 36"
Sometimes realism just doesn't show the atmosphere. This painting was done in a somewhat more expressive style as my interest here was to show the effect of the lighting on the members of the band I was watching one evening.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Hope" abstract painting

OK, so I know that this is really different from what I usually post. It started back in College when I was playing with styles. Inspired by movie special effects and some pretty obvious Christian symbolism. I called the sketch "Hope" I decided to make a final painting of it a couple of weeks ago and enter it in the Obama art contest.
Keep your fingers crossed!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Team

A painting of my son's Jr High baseball team and their coach leaving the field after a winning game. 36" x 24" Acrylic paint on canvas.

As I was putting the finishing touches on this one, I was told about Molly, a 16 year old student, softball player at the school and all around great kid. After a few months of going to one doctor after another, it was discovered that she has an extremely rare form of cancer and is now very ill. I can't even imagine what that family is going through. All profits from the sale of prints will go to her family to help with expenses.
You can help out buy buying a print at

Friday, July 18, 2008

I'm Back!

Through sheer idiocy on my part, I stopped posting in May. To be honest, I didn't think that it was a big deal as there were only a few hits here per day. It seemed like a waste of time since the majority of my business is local.

Here's the funny thing though, in my absence this blog actually doubled in popularity.

I had learned about an artist blog called and signed up for the newsletter in April. I started going there for tips on how to get my artist blog noticed and while I haven't been able to use all the suggestions, the few I managed to work in must have made the difference.......You found me didn't you :)

So, no new artwork today but hats off to Dan at Emptyeasil.....THANKS!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

December Bouquet Floral Painting

December Bouquet 16" x 20" Acrylic painting on paper. Inspired by a Chinese American woman who was looking for something a little more east-west in her collection. This was done mostly with a bamboo brush, but with Acrylics to give it a little more texture and color intensity. I enjoyed painting in this way, so continued on after her commission to paint a series of florals in this style. The above painting, "December" was third in the series (yes, I know that makes no sense) Inexpensive prints of this work are available at
(on the bottom right hand side)

Saturday, April 19, 2008


April 19

Today's flower is called Pencil Pansy it's 4" x 4". A graphite drawing done once again as an excuse not to have to come indoors on a glorious summer's day (I'm beginning to suspect a pattern here!)

This time, I was in Leichester, England. My former Father in law had retired and was spending a good amount of his time making a well-kept English garden into a showpiece. It was a simply wonderful place to spend time. The care he took was obvious. This little guy with the "cheeky" face was in the border of one of the flower beds.

Dick, former Father in law, engineer, ace gardener and WW2 hero (British corps of Engineers.....yep, one of the men who was rescued by fishing boat from the beaches of Dunkirk) is now 89 years old and in failing health. Makes me a little nostalgic I guess so I dusted this off to show today.

Posted April 10, 2008 to

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Floral Oil Painting, Red Chrysanthemum with Butterful Wing

16" x 24" oil painting Red Chrysanthemum with a Blue Butterfly wing.
I painted this a few years ago as a challenge. It was mistaken for a photograph from a distance of about 10 feet!
This one is still with me and is for sale, please contact me for details.
Prints are available at

Published April 16, 2008 to

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Kaysie's Daisies

Kaysie is a wonderful young woman who made me feel welcome by giving me Daisies. I was so touched I painted them using pastels. 11" x 17" pastel painting on canson paper.

Inexpensive prints of this work are available at

Monday, April 7, 2008

"May" a spring flower bouquet

16" x 20" Acrylic painting on paper. Inspired by a Chinese American woman who was looking for something a little more east-west in her collection. This was done mostly with a bamboo brush, but with Acrylics to give it a little more texture and color intensity.
I enjoyed painting in this way, so continued on after her commission to paint a series of florals in this style. The above painting, "May" is the second in the series and is for sale at auction on
Inexpensive prints of this work are available at

Thursday, March 27, 2008

And now for something completely different

This is a pencil drawing that I made one beautiful summers day in Delaware Park, Buffalo. I sat on the grass, looking up at a copy of Michaelangelo's David. I liked the angle of his face (and wanted a good excuse not to go back inside) so brought out the drawing supplies and had a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine!
This drawing is for sale, contact me for details. You can also get a print at if you'd like.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another boat

Another beautiful Summer day on the canal. By the way, everyone who has purchased the artwork which is displayed on any of my sites has granted permission to do so. This is 16" x 20" and was painted on comission.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A boat

The perfect summer day! We are fortunate to have several fresh water lakes here in central NY. This scene is at the point where the Erie Canal meets Oneida lake in the village of Sylvan Beach. I liked the color of the boat against the water and the trees, also liked the cats:) The boats owners were kind enough to pose and the whole painting came together!
16" x 20" Acrylic painting on canvas. This painting has been sold. Prints are available at

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More motorcycles

8" x 10"Watercolor painting of a rider on a 1940's Knucklehead Motorcycle. The original has been sold, prints are available here:

8" x 10" pencil drawing of the same motorcycle as above. This drawing has also been sold, but once again, prints are available.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Motorcycle Art

March 11, 08
Today's piece is a huge (24" x 36") pastel painting of my brother on his customized Harley Davidson. The original was given as a gift, prints are available through Their quality is good, prices low and you'll get your print quicker as it comes directly from the printer! If there's a problem getting the size or image you want, let me know.

Friday, February 15, 2008

More cars

Feb 15

OK, so I said I'd post more cars, here they are. The first is a 1957 Corvette. It's done with acrylic paint on canvas 21" x 16" .

Another nostalgic piece, I added a man in typical James Dean pose (complete with cigarettes in his sleeve) just for fun.

Another Pastel piece, 36" x 24" pastel of a customised 1974 corvette in front of Kewpee's diner, that Utica landmark that lives on in the fond memories of it's former customers.

Another car painting in Acrylic.

Cars are fun, so I made a series in watercolor and one in pencil.

Other vehicles next time!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A car pic

Copy-right notice:
If you right click on this image and use it on your site or print it out, you will be hung, drawn and quartered! OK, so that's a complete lie, but these images took me a long time to make, so if you do take it, please give me credit, a simple by K.Shetler will do. It would also be appreciated if you would email me to let me know where my images travelled - just curiosity, I won't harass.

Feb. 15, 2008

I thought I'd start with a painting and a story.

The man who comissioned this is an ace mechanic who owned the black car in the foreground and who had "souped up" all the others. Back in the day, he'd done drag racers and a little street racing. The place to meet your street racing opponent was called Kewpee's in Utica, NY.

This particular cultural landmark had been torn down in the late 70's but I found a photograph to work from. Being mid-winter, I also used photographs for the cars (they were all nestled snugly in garages) I enjoyed the old timey feel of the sketches when I had put it all together, so used pastels which didn't quite come to the edges of this 24"x 36" painting to enhance the effect

This was the beginning of several more car paintings, I'll post them soon.