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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Peru & Chicago

The flight from the west coast to Chicago is about four hours. The timeless “right brain” state feels good, shuts down the mental chatter, and transforms long trips into wine and pretzel blips. I finished one of my earlier Scott Schuman fashion portraits with some Derwent Inktense blocksticks that I’ve been keeping in a pouch […]

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Ukulele

Still doing daily practice … but not exactly in art. Earlier in this blog I posted vacation sketches from my first trip to Hawai’i. It created in me a certain hankering for playing music. Easy, laid back Aloha pleasure. So different from the forced march of my jr. high school days of clarinet. The uke […]

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Blockhead

Actually, from Blockhead to Bruiser. Creating fluffy kitten fur has a learning curve. As I continued ever-outward with my dry brush, this kindergarten cat’s head swelled to Sponge Bob proportions. I couldn’t let it go. X-treme fur required an X-acto solution – one more anxious point-of-no-return in art-project land. Cutting and pasting, I felt good about this […]

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Two Wednesdays

Five former colleagues, four glasses of wine, three schmancy cocktails, two beers, two creative spaces, and two Wednesdays later, I have brought my collage total to four. 100th Monkey Studio is an open art space that feels very cozy: two group tables ringed wall-to-wall with art supplies of every kind. For a scant twelve bucks each, we walked over […]

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Rocket Man

I met him because he took a picture of my drawing of his whimsical wood and metal rocket ship perched on a rusty old wheelbarrow. His name is James Todd Rouse, a sculptor in the applied crafts program. I wish I’d at least pursued the artist names of the other two pieces I drew at Saturday’s Pacific Northwest College of […]