Friday, November 18, 2011

M DESIGN on Industrial Design

M DESIGN on Industrial Design

This is an interview I did about a year ago for Grumbacher/Chart tape.  They were talking to people with art related careers and thought what we do might be interesting to the readers of Thalo, their web-based magazine.

Saturday, November 05, 2011


beetle by Spencer Mackay
beetle, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Another water color sketch done this morning while painting with my granddaughter Emma.


wolf by Spencer Mackay
wolf, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Water color sketch I did while painting with my granddaughter Emma on our "date" this morning.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Dead tree at Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu, California. Painted plein air on 140 lb WC paper. Last session of my class. I will miss Joe Cibere's great inspiration and instrution. I might try a figure or head painting class next. Wonderful day and beautiful weather.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Last painting of the morning at Paramount Ranch. I love Eucalyptus trees. Even though they are Austrailian in origin, they seen so "California" to me.


Paramount-Ranch-Roughs by Spencer Mackay
Paramount-Ranch-Roughs, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Roughs painted today at Paramount Ranch during my plen air WC class. 20 minutes each give or take.

Monday, July 25, 2011

St. Christoforo su Naviglio, Milan

Did this sketch in 2009 on a trip to Milan. Done in ink and watercolor plaeina ir in my Moleskine sketchbook. It was fun to sit there across form the church and watch people come in and out while i was sketching.

Milan restaurant boat, Naviglio Grande, Milan

Sketched this back in 2009 on a trip to Milan. Cool Restaurant boat on the Maviglio Grande canal. Done plein air in my Moleskine 5x7 sketchbook.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Heber-C-Kimball-home by Spencer Mackay
Heber-C-Kimball-home, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Sketched in line and painted in water color (plein aire) from across the street in historic restored section of Nauvoo, Illinois. Was there with my wife for a few days on a great vacation, wonderful place to visit. Many other interesting homes and buildings from the period of 1838-1846 have been restored and are full of period furniture. My Great-Great-Grandfather lived here with his family from 1842-1846 before he left for the Salt Lake Valley as a pioneer/refugee.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I was fortunate to be invited along with my sons to gor to Santa Cruz Island on a friend's boat. They were going spear fishing, but I rented a wetsuit and spent my time snorkeling in this beautiful bay. I made friends with harbor seals and watched many fish swim through the kelp forests.

I started to paint this little water color sketch from the boat anchored in the bay, when the stern anchor pulled loose and we started to drift. It took an hour to get the anchor reset and I had to finish this sketch at home.

Wonderful trip and a great memory.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Corseaux-sur-Vevey by Spencer Mackay
Corseaux-sur-Vevey, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

I spent a few a bit of time last Wednesday sitting and sketching this view of the old church in Corseaux-sur-Vevey. This sketch was done plein air in my double spread Moleskine watercolor notebook. The famous silent film star Charley Chaplin lived in this town and the park to the right is named after him. Spring has just come to Switzerland and this day was wonderfully sunny but cool.


Vevey-Gare by Spencer Mackay
Vevey-Gare, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

I sketched this old electric train parked on a siding at the Vevey, Switzerland train station in my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Originally uploaded by Spencer Mackay
Alley behind the Regent Hotel off Orchard Street. Sat on a wall and did this in 45 minutes.


Old "One Price Store" store front on Emerald Hill Road off Orchard Street. Not much of the old SIngapore left. This is a charming island amid the tall sky scrapers. Sat across the street on the patio of the Alley Bar which was not yet open and sketched this.

Thursday, February 03, 2011


Originally uploaded by Spencer Mackay
The sketches below were all done in my horizontal format watercolor Moleskine. Thought I should post some before I get too many. Haven't had time to do a more formal painting, but I keep sketching whenever I can.


Originally uploaded by Spencer Mackay



Originally uploaded by Spencer Mackay



Originally uploaded by Spencer Mackay


Originally uploaded by Spencer Mackay
Giraffe at Santa Barbara Zoo.  Ink in Moleskine.