Friday, June 9, 2017

Day to Day

Too many images! Are your eyes blurring? Darting to and fro? Me too.
Sometimes it's easier to make pictures than to look at them. I drew these last week and wanted to see them all in one place. Cross that off the list.
Carry on!
Grackle
06-02-17

Irises
06-02-17

The dam
06-03-17
The river
06-03-17
Trees
06-04-17
The Bridge
06-06-17
Trees
06-08-17
Utility Pole
06-09-17

Friday, June 2, 2017

Blue

The Island
crayon
06-01-17
When I was a kid, knowing the answer to this question was important:
"What's your favorite color?"
I always answered "Blue!"

Nowadays, I like all colors and I take pride in having an infinite number of favorite colors simultaneously. If you ask me today "What's your favorite color?" I will answer: "YES!" (But I still like blue quite a bit.) Here are some predominantly blue sketchbook pages --mostly recent work but a few date back further.


This book, as a matter of fact has a lot of blue in it
(but that's another story!)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Motivation


I dislike motivational speakers. And as you will see, thinking about them galvanizes me to do something in response. In this case I was looking through my recent sketches which feature trees and I remembered that a motivational statement had appeared on my daily motivational desktop.
Here's the statement:
“If you don't like where you are, change it. You're not a tree.”
—so says Jim Rohn who has turned telling people what they already know into a million dollar career.
As it turns out, movement, as we experience it, is a very limited attribute when one looks at all the living and nonliving things on this planet. So maybe "not liking where you are" is not a matter of getting up and moving like Okies en route to California. There are other time tested strategies. You might consider thinking like a tree: provide food and shelter to other living things, invest in your unseen roots, appreciate your tough skin and brighten the corner where you've been planted.

trees and wall
05-12-17
ink

The island
05-15-17
ink, charcoal

Willow tree
05-16-17
ink, charcoal, paint stick
Pine tree
05-17-17
ink, charcoal, paint stick
reflections of trees
05-25-17
ink, charcoal, tusche, paint stick
drawing gear
05-12-17

Thursday, May 11, 2017

La balaustra

I use to call this thing a "railing." One of my Italian correspondents referred to it as a "balustrade." I like the word balustrade. It reminds me, alliteratively of "ballet" and this matches the animated twists and angles of the old railing. It will have to replaced some day and the lines of the dance will be erased. I enjoy it every day.

05-08-17
ink wash, charcoal
02-19-15
charcoal

03-12-16
ink, charcoal
04-27-17
charcoal, ink
12-18-15
charcoal
12-04-16
charcoal, ink

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Grackles

I think that birds are very useful things and I use them liberally in my paintings as actors in my little pictorial dramas. They complain less than people do. So I draw birds. But to draw birds in "capital A" Art, one must draw them as they really are in Nature to become a natural bird drawer. So here is a sheet of quick sketches of grackles in a tree. The artist at work!
Grackles
charcoal
04-19-17
The grackle's tail has an interesting way of flattening out as it flies. The tail is long and straight and then it folds itself into a v-shaped fan at the tip. It's a bit sporty. Well, I'm impressed.

Black and White Birds
mixed media
04-23-17
detail
detail

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