Effort vs. Success

Effort is more important than so-called success because effort is a real thing. What we call success is just the manifestation of our mind’s ability to categorize things. This is success. That is failure. Who says? You says. That’s all. Reality is what it is, beyond all concepts of success and failure. ~Brad Warner, Think […]

March 30

Resist

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”  Before this quote was on every greeting card and coffee mug this side of 1995, and generally considered not to be from Goethe, it was a little  photocopy in a locket that I […]

March 21

Malibu

The only frame of reference I’ve had for Malibu, until just recently, was Malibu Barbie. I had a cool Barbie house that opened flat to become a beach house, or doubled up on top of itself to become Barbie’s ski chalet.  My significant’s parents live there, and when a parent fell, broke ribs, and punctured […]

March 05

Musing

#oneweek100people 2017 drawing challenge starts tomorrow. That’s daunting, but I thought I’d give it a whirl. Inspired by the writing challenge, NaNoWriMo, Urban Sketchers Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel  created a challenge to draw more from life. I find myself in coffee shops a lot these days anyway.   I also have a journal-notebook-paper-products-in-general stash (A.K.A. […]

January 31

Circe

I think Circe is next. That’s what I wrote in a May 20th, 2014 post of a Romare Bearden study of Poseidon. And she was. But after the difficult figure was on paper – the simplicity and elegance of his execution with paper cutting is deceiving – I stalled out – for over two and […]

January 25

Backwards

Everything about this effort was backwards. It began with lazily copying a flower motif from a throw pillow onto craft paper in my sketchbook: low effort, low attachment. I counterintuitively added the cat after and behind the flowers.  I then began my descent into art supply free fall. Darkening it with peerless water colors, then […]

December 08

Avatar Dog

A friend visited last weekend and we went to the Apple Store and cooed over the iPad Pro. The drawing apps and pencil were really amazing.  I’ve wanted an iPad off-and-on for years, but couldn’t really justify it. Still can’t, actually.  Not for awhile anyway. I decided I didn’t need it to do “looser, painterly’ […]

December 04

What?

In the original photo by Scott Shuman (of  The Sartorialist), this man is clearly laughing at something. Hopefully that translates. Throughout this study I felt he was yawning – politely trudging along with me for the two-plus-months’ journey of lunch hours, stolen moments, and problematic-hand-abandonment. I finished it tonight sitting in front of a fireplace […]

November 12

Mr. President?

Quick and dirty is showing. Mine and Donald’s. Based on a sticker on the back of my notebook that was, well, unflattering to begin with, I have created the Pig Man.  I drew directly with a set of gradient gray Pitt markers onto the craft paper in my  Midori Traveler’s Notebook.  This grotesque lunch hour […]

October 28

Amoeba Church

Immaculate Heart of the Protozoa. Holy Order of the Microbial. There’s enough of a stained-glass-teeming-with-tiny-life vibe to this fancy doodle for a very, very small scale Dan Brown novel. It was a good morning meditation piece from Creative Bug TV. Lisa Congdon has a series of materials and sketchbook explorations on CBTV that I’ve followed […]

September 11

Westward

It was time to go home. I am not made to sleep upright. I envy people who can immediately power down anywhere, anytime, and for any duration. When I’m abandoned by such people on long-ish flights, audiobooks and doodling are the paths through sleep-deprived resentment. I would draw them, but somatic geniuses always want the […]