Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hibiscus Study

I have always been interested in the old "naturalist" style of botanical studies. This hibiscus was done on a plane trip to Tucson. The turbulence didn't cause too many unwanted lines.

A Friday Night @ the Coffee House

Last Friday night, we went to the local coffee house to hear a friend play an acoustic set and just chill out for a while. I had the latest issue of Audubon magazine and decided to sketch from the photos. So here is an effort at a Seriema (which I'd never heard of, but had a cool crest) by Andrew Zuckerman. Very bizarre creature (the bird, not Zuckerman).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm Alive

OK, I'm not dead, but it has been months since I've posted. I must do better.

So I have drawn a few times since I last posted, but too few. So this first one is from early October. It is from a photo ad in a bike magazine for a new style "motorcycle" with three wheels. It is called a Spyder from Can-Am and it is radical.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A New Sketchbook Project

Well, just what I needed, another project . . . but maybe it is. I never seem to make the time to post unless I give myself a deadline or an event of some sort. So I signed up for The Arthouse Gallery's latest Sketchbook Project Vol. 4 .

They assign you the topic of your sketchbook, which I was concerned about, but I got "Postcards" as my theme. I can work with that. I'll be ding the picture on one side, and the "postcard message" on the other. A bit challenging for using watercolor, because the paper is pretty thin, but that's the plan for right now.

So following is my first entry. I won't probably post them all, but I have to return the book by early December, so I'm going to try and crank them out.

Wish me luck, and enjoy.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Virtual Paintout . . . Ponte Vecchio, Firenze, Italy

I thought this was a pretty cool concept when I read about the Virtual Paintout the beginning of this month. Of course it took me until now to get an entry done and posted, but I did.

The concept is that you go on Google Earth and this month was Florence (Firenze), Italy. You find a picture someone has linked to the map of the city, and you sketch or paint the scene.

I liked the light in this view of the Ponte Vecchio, but I dont' know anything else about it. I had fun working on it at lunchtimes though. Hope you enjoy it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Home Depot for exotic flowers . . . who knew?

OK, maybe not so exotic, but I didn't know they had orchids. Really nice and really easy to care for, so far. Just add ice.

Colors didn't come out exact and the scan washed them out a bit more, but it's a close representation.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Year Old Sunflower - it held up pretty well.

I guess after waiting a year to draw this, it's not surprising it took me a week to post it. But I do like how it turned out . . .

Now the columbine is blooming and Pam bought an orchid today that is calling me to draw it. All I need now is some time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June SketchCrawl . . . finally posted.

So I finished the second sketch first, and the first sketch last . . .and that doesn't make a lot of sense, which is normal for me. This month we were down on Whiskey Island @ Wendy Park for our crawl. It was a perfect weather day with a cool-ish breeze and a bright sunny sky. Well attended with about a dozen sketchers/photographers, and I brought my uncle along, who was in from Colorado Springs. He is an awesome artist and I think he enjoyed this "crawl" concept more than a little.

Having gotten there a bit early, we both started sketching right away (hence my first sketch, which is the catamaran). But I didn't get too far when the group arrived and we all headed up the coast to the old abandoned coast guard station. We stayed there long enough for me to finish that one, and I'm pleased with it as a fair representation. Then I finished the catamaran from photographs over the next few days. Another fun crawl; and thanks to Josh for finding this out of the way little jewel. I'll be back . . .


Friday, May 29, 2009

New Sketch . . . Old Trip

. . . OK, maybe not an "old" trip, but over a month ago. I'm still working from pictures of the San Fran trip and filling in the blanks in my journal. Maybe someday I'll travel at an easier pace, but for now, I'll take a bunch of pictures and sketch when I get a chance.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

NAPA Revisited

So I have finally gotten around to starting some sketches from our trip to the coast last month. I took tons of pictures, but we didn't really slow down enough for me to do any sketching (excuse alert!). Anyway, I really do want to sketch some of the things I took pictures of with sketching in mind. This is the first of them.
Castillio de Amoroso was a very cool winery in the NAPA valley. This was our first trip there and we learned a lot. Found out this castle was used int eh Adam Sandler movie "Bedtime Stories", which we had to watch when we got back from vacation, " . . . yeah, we were there."

More to come in the weeks ahead.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May Sketch Crawl - USS COD Tour

So on a sunny Saturday, with a freshing breeze in the yardarm . . . oh wait, that's a tall ship. We were touring a WW II sub; and it was AWESOME! Thank you to the guys who lead our tour and were there to pose for the "life aboard ship" aspect. Great job.

Of course I couldn't participate in that drawing exercise, because I can't draw people, but here are a couple of quick sketches. We spent a good amount of time on the tours and got lots of info on a fascinating period of US history.

Thanks, as always, to Josh for setting up a great tour.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'll Play Along

So I saw this on Karen B's blog and thought I'd play along. Feel free to copy and paste to your own blog or e-mail to your friends.

99 Things.
Here are the rules: Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band - well sort of with a band - and out on my own.
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt - helped
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle -- One of my favorite places to be.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby - well, I helped . . .
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Trinity Cathedral - March SketchCrawl

Another interseting, if not overwhelming, place to sketch. Josh continues to find unique places for us to fill our sketchbooks. This month was no exception.

The cathedral was built between 1901 and 1907. A classic Gothic structure, the high ceilings and ornate carvings in the Indiana Limestone are simply amazing. Containing many many unique elements like an oak "boss" (decorative knob) carved in 1457 from
Southwark Cathedral in England; a 15th century Flemish stained glass window and many many others. One of the most impressive things was the pipe organ, built by Flentrop of Holland in 1977.

I spent a solid hour on the pencil sketch and another hour inking and coloring it at home. Not precise, but a fair representation. The coolest thing was, when I was about half done, a man walked up behind me and was watching me sketch over my shoulder. He actually startled me, but said how much he liked it. I said how impressive the organ was and he said, "well just wait until you hear it". He then proceeded to climb the spiral stair and fire it up! It really was a religious experience; sketching in this vast space, surrounded by this awesome spiritual history, and hear the pipes ringing. Amazing!

I had started my sketching on some of the symbols in the stained glass windows. There was quite a mixture of them, and trying to sketch a whole window was just too overwhelming. So I took little pieces to focus on. Next month is at the Old Stone Church on the square.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Old Skool

The trip was supposed to be down the Amazon . . . never sold enough spots for it to go.

So while looking for something totally unrelated yesterday, I found an old sketch book. I had started some of the sketches in '98 and the most recent probably in '06. I was supposed to lead a Zoo travel group to Peru and I was getting my "sketching hand" ready on pictures of animals and Peru. I was in my "pencil and paper stump" phase.

Funny how you get busy with the little things (in this case I think it was building a house and moving . . .), you know minor things, and just set something aside and forget all about it. One of the joys of being old and forgetful, I guess.

So here are a few.

Machu Pichu

Two kids in a boat made from giant leaves. (from a photo)

Study from a photograph.

Gestural Study - Orang

Old Man of the Forest

Aldabra Tortise

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Feb. SketchCrawl . . .plus

So it is not a good habit to only be posting here once a month after SketchCrawl . . .but here I am a month later doing just that. I have actually been sketching a bit more, but not getting them scanned and posted. Something to work on, I guess.

So the SketchCrawl at Playhouse Square was awesome!!! I had no idea that they ran tours of the theaters on the first Saturday of each month. Josh is doing a great job of getting us around town and I'm learning interesting things every month.

So, very cool going into each theater and hearing a bit of history. I didn't do much sketching, but lots of touring. That's OK though. Tom R. did a great tour and is so knowledgeable. We did get to "appear live on stage" at the Allen Theater; and I sat right in the center on the front edge to sketch this. It was much darker than this, and we only sat there for about twenty minutes . . . which isn't much time for this much detail. Thank God for digital cameras for quick reference photos. I really wanted to finish this one . . . such a cool place.

My "Inaugural" posting of a portrait

So moving back in time to a more historic day; I was driven to do something in my sketchbook to commemorate this historic occasion. That I chose to try a "portrait" is a stretch, as you can see. I liked the pose and the set-up, but it would be nice if it a least resembled Obama. Oh well, we don't have to love everything we try, right? It serves as a memory of the event and that is enough for now.

Monday, January 5, 2009

West Side Market . . . a great crawl ! !

So January's installment lead us to the West Side Market in Ohio City on a cold, bright Saturday morning. There was a large crowd (which I have conveniently avoided putting in my drawing . . . New Years resolution opportunity - learn to draw people) of shoppers throughout the market. I had trouble finding Josh and the group, mostly because I hadn't read the e-mail carefully. Eventually connected though and off we went our separate ways.
Sketching in a crowd, standing up, adding watercolors (even with the excellent Jet Pens) proved a new challenge. Also picking out specific elements to draw in the visual cacophony of sights . . . all a bit mind boggling. But the 10 + of us who showed up all gave it a shot. It was nice getting together a couple of times during the session to share ideas and perspectives with each other.
I learned there is a balcony (which I never realized) and although somewhat crowded as well, it gave a unique perspective on the space. Since I already had my "long shot" of the market, I went downstairs for the second half and drew individual items of interest. I'm not sure the shop owners appreciated it, and I'm sure the other shoppers didn't. I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible, but that's not easy for a guy my size.
After the crawl, we all stood around and shared our sketches. Josh said mine was a "fair representation" of what the market looks like . . . at 7:00 in the morning (before the people come in). Yeah, I gotta work on that. It was a great crawl and afterwards, he took us around the corner to "The Glass Bubble Project", which is a cool little artisan glass blowing shop tucked behind the market in an out of the way corner. Another fun discovery and successful sketchcrawl. Next month, down to the Theater District . . . can't wait!