Sunday, August 21, 2005


Originally uploaded by Wilson Swain.
It's been a while since I posted anything new. I've been finishing up a book, and starting up a new one. This is a quick sketch I'm not sure I'll ever paint. But I do love the idea of illustrating one of Houdini's underwater tricks. When I first started sketching, I intended to draw the outline of the key to the padlocks in the assistant's apron. I think it's still visible if you click to enlarge.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Ye Olde Sawmille

Originally uploaded by Wilson Swain.
'The Perils of Pauline' is an old silent serial in which Pauline finds herself stuck in varied precarious situations--always to be rescued just in the nick of time. My favorite is when she's tied to a log in a sawmill. The hero is in the bottom corner, striking a pose with his scarf flapping in the wind.

Cole Porter's song 'Friendship' has the line, 'If you're ever in a mill and get sawed in half; I won't laugh'---great inspiration for a drawing. Another one to paint...soon.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Originally uploaded by Wilson Swain.
I've been listening to Candide lately, so I've got lederhosen on the brain. I went to draw in the park today and they have this little stone bridge there. I tried to cross it, but a little kid wouldn't let me because he was pretending to be a troll. Once he'd handed me an invisible map, it was okay to go ahead. I left it on the edge of the bridge for him.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Originally uploaded by Wilson Swain.

I wanted to have fun today, but I couldn't think of what I wanted to draw. Then a finger slipped as I typed a message to Mari, and out came the word 'pigture'. Combine that with a random memory of Laverne and Shirley skydiving, and Voila!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Simple Simon

Originally uploaded by Wilson Swain.
This may well be the stupidest image I've ever done. But it makes me laugh, so up it goes. The pie's carrying a bucket of forks, spoons and knives to sell for a penny

Simple Simon met a pieman,_Going to the fair._Said Simple Simon to the pieman,_"Let me taste your ware."
Said the pieman unto Simon,_"Show me first your penny."_Said Simple Simon to the pieman,_"Indeed I have not any."