This week's choice

We are currently taking an indefinite break, but feel free to take a moment to look through our past themes and pieces of art. There will be occasional updates about our artistic endeavors or events posted here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Man, The Legend.

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    Back when I was attending Carson-Newman University, I had the privilege and pleasure of being taught by many great professors. One of these fine individuals was William C. Houston. He not only taught many of the courses I attended, but I also was lucky enough to have him as my advisor. This past Spring, Mr. Houston retired after teaching at Carson-Newman for 38 years.

    Mr. Houston is the kind of person who really invests in people and really goes the extra mile to help them out. He is also known for being pretty hilarious. As a very small way of thanking him for his great impact on my education, career, and life, I made him this comic strip that refers to one of his more widely known ongoing jokes.1

   The tale goes roughly something like this, while at some sort of faculty get together or while sitting at lunch, many other professors were discussing how much they had to grade and how much work it was. One of them, whether out of genuine curiosity or sarcasm said something to the effect of, "How do you grade your classes?" Mr. Houston responded something like, "I just walk into the classroom. Look at all the paintings and say, 'NEEDS MORE BLUE!' and leave."2

   Of course, I can't tell the story as well as some. And he may have actually said, "More Blue!" in the story. But ever since then students, alumni, and teachers alike will occasionally comment, "Needs more blue," or shout it across the campus lawn when they see him. The whole thing stuck. Some fellow classmates and I even named the weekly art blog we used to run, "NEEDS MORE BLUE."

   So there's the story. Now maybe the comic strip above is even funnier? Be sure to check out the grand artwork of William C. Houston sometime. And THANKS MR. HOUSTON! God bless, everybody. Talk to you soon!

1 That's a lie. It actually refers to two inside jokes, one classic sci-fi film, his love of music, and his own artwork. You can see more of the second joke in great photography by another fine individual, Michael Alvis. 
2 I think he only graded this way on rare occasions.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Group Alumni Exhibition at Carson-Newman

As some of you may know, many of the artists who have contributed to this blog since its beginning are graduates of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tn. You'll probably be excited to hear that a bunch of us who graduated in 2010 are having an exhibit there soon! Check it out!

 Two Years Out; Group Alumni Exhibition, Class of 2010.
13 October through 20 November 2012.
An exhibit of recent artwork in a variety of media, made by Carson-Newman Art and Photography graduates of the class of 2010, including Daniel Aisenbrey, Philip Buck, Gretchen Hill, Cory Jones, Sarah Lynch Jones, Meg Lynch, Alex Smith, Allison Smith, and Kourtney Kelley Smith.
Opening Reception: Homecoming Saturday, 13 October, 9:30am to Noon.

I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you there!!! :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Keeping his head (and other body parts) above water.

Haha, it's not meant to be good. I just wanted to contribute this week :)
At work, so I didn't have anything to color the bubbles in with :( Except for a yellow highlighter? Haha.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Keeping Your Head Above Water- Philip A. Buck

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Thanks for lookin'! Have a good rest of the week!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Viking Cats- Philip A. Buck

click to enlarge cats!

I did this last week but just now got a chance to scan it... so its a little late, but here it is! Great topic!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oldest Piece of Your Art You Can Find- Philip A. Buck

crayon on paper
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Sorry it is a week late, but here is one of the oldest drawings I could find that still had a subject and wasn't just scribbles. This is (I think) a really really old self portrait I did as a lad. Apparently "U love I?" Hope you guys enjoy. Great Topic! Very fun!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Daniel Aisenbrey's choice for this week's theme is....

..."share your oldest piece of art you can find!"
This is a really cool idea. It should be a very fun topic. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's posts!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Octopus- Philip A. Buck

bic pen on sketchbook page, click to enlarge

Sorry, just a very sloppy, quick sketchbook sketch this time :P
This was a fun topic though. Many cool possibilities!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

This week's choice by Cory Jones is...

.....OCTOPUS!!! Enjoy making and posting art for Cory's fun theme this week and remember if you ever miss a week you can always post the image late.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Patterns/wallpaper 2- Philip A. Buck


Just a little experiment with pattern and wallpaper making. A very very rough piece, but it was fun!

You draw something (I drew a lil man,) and then cut it into four pieces.  Then tape or glue the pieces on a piece of paper diagonal from their previous spot and draw more (I drew random junk.) All this can be done digitally as well. Then put it together on the computer! MAGIC!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Return of the KETCHUP WEEK!

It is Ketchup Week(s?) again here on the NEEDS MORE BLUE! That means all of our participating artists will have time specifically set aside to get caught up on any past topics/themes they didn't get to post for or any they want another go at.  So, my artistic friends, let the KETCHUP BEGIN! (again.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Story of Clouds- Philip A. Buck

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Sorry about the low quality image this time. Just got this one drawn, cut, scanned, put together, and adjusted really quick. I wanted to make sure I got one posted this week.

Monday, September 26, 2011

This week's topic chosen by Stacy Hawley is....

...Tell the Story of Clouds!!
Sounds like fun! And just like in the past, you can post your art anytime this week (or any other week for that matter.)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mayhem by Philip A. Buck

Click the image to SEE IT MOVE!
A tad late but here it is! :) I did it really quick in the ol' photoshop.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This week's pick by Sarah Jones is...

As always, just do a lil something that deals with this theme and post it sometime this week. Have fun amigos!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Daniel Aisenbrey - Landscape

Mt. Kephart at sunrise, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Landscapes- Philip A. Buck

I was hoping to do a lil watercolor landscape for this theme, but I haven't gotten a chance. So, I'll just post this lil photog from last Autumn. Maybe if I get to do a painting after all, I'll post that too!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Heat- Philip A. Buck

When I saw that this week was "heat" I thought it very convenient because the illustration I am working on for The Amplifier is also about heat.  Here is the work in progress. -a simpler, more design-y one this time as apposed to the usual drawing heavy illustration I do for the paper. To see the final image, look for next month's issue anywhere on the streets of Knoxville or keep your eyes on my website. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Ok, so it is incredibly hot here in Texas (today it got to 105) and I'm sure it's pretty warm where y'all are too, so my theme for this week is heat. I figured that I would leave it pretty general so that it would leave lots of room for creativity. :) I hope that everyone is doing great!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tattoos- Philip A. Buck

"Whoa, those are some realistic tattoos you two have." hahaheheClick image to embiggify.
 Great topic, Laura!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

This week's theme chosen by Laura Harris is...

....TATTOOS! There is lots of creative room to go crazy on this one, so let have fun with it! I'm excited to post my own lil peice, but really excited to see what you folks come up with. :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hair- Philip A. Buck

Just a real quick and tiny drawing this time. Its inspired by the Kayleigh Clark's drawing of  "a frog with 70's hair, but like Rupunzel's." :)
Have a good weekend, Gang!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Patterns- Philip A. Buck

Good topic this week! I had something more elaborate planned, but didn't get around to it. Oh, well. Still a fun one! Have a good weekend gang!