Sunday, November 23, 2008
I finished reading Eleanor vs. Ike this weekend. Now, this is in no way a good likeness of her, and I'd like to try a formal, full, painting portrait of her at some point, because she is by far one of my favorite historical/political figures. She did so much. Plus, she said the most profound, eloquent things, with such economy.
Well, the book was fine. I'd never read one of those alternative history books before. This one had some really corny moments, like Eleanor meeting a childhood Hillary Clinton. Not one of my favorite books that I've read this year, but I finished it.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
This is a scene outside of the Newseum on the day after the election. Everyone was gathered to look at the headlines on the front pages of newspapers from all over the country, even all over the world.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
To put things in perspective about where we were. See that bright light below? That's where he was. He was under that bright light, and by our perspective, about 1/4th of an inch tall. I just have really good digital zoom, is all.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Went last week to the Board of Elections for early voting, because I'll be visiting my sister in Maryland on election day. It went smoothly(or at least I think that it did), and the pollworkers seemed genuinely happy to see voters taking advantage of early voting.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
This is a small open vase that is available from artist, JoAnne Arnone. My quick sketch doesn't give it justice, though. It's turquoise and burgundy and brown and bronze. It's just beautiful.
Flowers by Whole Foods. They sell just 3 flowers of many different varieties for a few dollars, and those are perfect for these types of vases. Otherwise, I'm not much of a vase person. But, I like these open types.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I got to the sketchcrawl 15 minutes late, because my tai chi class ended at 9:45. And, I couldn't find the group anywhere around the west side of the flats. After looking for probably 2 minutes, I just settled in with the seagulls, and started to draw. It was nice that once I got into something, I didn't have to get up and move on with the group to a second location.
I was in the nice warm sun near the river, even had a picnic table to set up at.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Now, I've devoured so many books, I've switched to the library to save money. I love going to the downtown Cleveland library. They always have what I want, and I can just run down on Sunday afternoon, park for free (unless there's a football game, I presume), and run in to grab what I want.
But, I will try to get some writing done. Maybe I'll do drawings on all of these books that I'm reading?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Enjoyed a quiet morning at the museum today. Not many people were there, except for a class, and a set of parents who were letting their toddlers scream bloody murder through all of the galleries.
I didn't do any sketching there, because I thought that the art history class would work it's way through my line of vision. Instead, I snapped a couple of photos to work from at home. Plus, that meant that I could to some watercolor wash as soon as I had my sketch done. I would have had to have done that at home anyhow, because only pencil is allowed in the museum.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Went to the sketchcrawl today, and did a quick drawing of the pods that are downtown right now. I chose them, because we had just been down to Mall A a few weeks before and drew the fountain, so I wanted something completely different. You can read the journaling inside the picture if you want to know more about the public art installation. But, for me, I definitely want to see them at night when they are all lit up. It was good to see the sketchcrawlers again today, after such a long absence (it seemed long). Hopefully I can get there next month as well. Will keep my fingers crossed.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
We went to Koko's Bakery in Chinatown yesterday after drawing in Wade Oval, and I saw what was a very funny sign above the sweet and savory bun case. It said, "Please select your bun carefully." As if either there was just reckless bun selection going on, or as if it was the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where they were trying to figure out which goblet was the Holy Grail. No need to be too selective, as all the buns are really good.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
So, I wanted to do a drawing today, but my hand just wasn't doing well. I had a couple days where it seemed to feel better and stronger, but today it was very uncomfortable again. But, I wanted to put something in the sketchbook, so I did this ink thing of Tom Petty.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This is a little dark, because I had to take a photo of it. All of a sudden, my scanner decided that it would just stop working. I've tried reinstalling the driver 4 times now, so I think that something may actually be wrong with it.
Here is a little sketch I did earlier today. My line work is a bit shaky, as my hand still isn't working, but I really missed doing little sketches in my Moleskine. I hadn't done one in there for almost 2 months. I want to do more, and I will probably just get used to my hand not working entirely.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wanted to give you an update on my hand. I saw a neurologisit today that said, "I'd have to be a complete moron not to be able to diagnosis you."
It's ulnar nerve damage, and he said that the nerve should grow back on its own. I'm supposed to come back in 2 months if it doesn't feel better, or sooner if it gets worse. I'm also supposed to stop resting on my elbows.
I should be drawing again later this week. I have a few projects in mind that I want to have done before the end of the August. Plus, I had a wacky dream last night that I want to do a sketch of in my moleskine.
See you soon.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I did this, because I just liked the idea of the really super-artifical and vibrant color candies on top of the more natural-looking chocolate. What I hadn't anticipated, but worked out well, was the really reflective quality of the chocolate.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
This is my latest big project. I actually took this picture of my sister as a joke, because she had the camera permanently affixed in her hand like this no matter where we went.
I'm going today to draw with a friend down in Little Italy, so I should have some new things to show later tonight.
The dog auction went very well. My dog went for over twice what mine went for last year. It really sucked that one person didn't turn in their dog. But, it figured. It was the same woman who shut down her gallery, and didn't tell the artists that had consignment work in it. She had just trashed all the artwork; seemed to take great joy in smashing some of it. I guess it's a lesson. Between what happened there, and what happened with Arts Collinwood, an artist has to always be on guard. It's hard to protect ones self, especially in the incident with Arts Collinwood, where it was just one guy who robbed the organization, the rest of the people are good, honest people with the best intentions.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'm working on a big project right now, so I haven't had any little drawings to post for a while. I might catch up with Illustration Friday tomorrow, if I have a few minutes. But, I just wanted to post to update things. The dog auction to benefit the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel is tomorrow night. Also, I'm not a reality show junkie, but I alternate watching Top Chef and Project Runway throughout the year. I'm thoroughly convinced that my liking a personality one of those shows is a sure-fire death wish. As you saw with my drawing, on the last Project Runway, Chris March was my favorite, human hair dresses and all. First Top Chef was Dave. Top Chef Sam Talbot. Nick Verros from Project Runway. Top Chef's CJ. Yeah, they were all cut loose. So, it was no surprise when Dale was cut this week from the current Top Chef. I really thought it would be Richard and Dale in the finale, and I like them both. Oh, well.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008