The old oak painting

Oak tree and Red Barn oil painting by Sterling Sheehy
before it was a white winery the barn was red

After a twenty year dry spell I’ve started painting in oil again. For a brief time in college I gave it a go but life on the road made it an impractical medium for me. Instead I spent the last twenty years with my nose to a computer. Over the last few months I’ve fallen in love with the medium again. It’s both a struggle and a joy remembering how to use it. I never had any formal training in oil so I’m I’m starting from scratch. I’ve been watching YouTube videos on everything from brush care to oiling out canvas. I’m having a great time. I love all the added complexities oil painting brings.

Down in the Mine

The old miner escapes into his mine, confident Dick and Don will be unable to track him in the dark labyrinth.

cave man
“They’ll never find me in the dark!”

Out Come the Wolves

Ezra and the wolf
call of the wild

I’ve sat on this painting for a few months, it wasn’t concept art for the show, just a fan painting I made while on my lunch break.  The wolves are one of my favorite elements of season four. The more I worked with them the more they bored their way into my imagination. I understand Dave’s obsession with them now.

Really looking forward to the second half of the season airing.  I’m so happy with how it came out.

Escaping to the mine

The old miner makes his escape drawing Dick and Don towards his mine.

i'll loose them in the mine.
He knows those mines like the back of his hand.

Desert Painting

Couldn’t sleep so I watched Super Troopers and painted a desert.

digital oil painting of desert
I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.

Chinatown Street

Thinking about my comic project with Dick and Don and how it winds its way around San Francisco.

San Francisco Chinatown alley
Avoiding the landlady.


Gotta Run

The boys stumble out of the poison oak. The old miner has a head start. Will they catch him?

poison oak
fly you fools

Best to Bail

There is a commotion in the bushes and the old miner catches wind of Dick and Don.

campfire side
One step ahead of the heros

Itching for a fight

Dick and Don were itching for a fight with the old miner, now they get to have an itchy fight. Bad luck, Looks like the boys stumbled into a patch of Pacific Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum).

poison ok drawing
Toxicodendron diversilobum