September 07

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 […]

August 16

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 […]

January 08

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 […]

April 12

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 […]

April 07

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 […]

April 02

Writhe

Because the snake around the figure model is real! This month’s Dr. Sketchy event featured another unique and lovely model (well, two, counting the snake), booze, prizes, and the great music and ambiance created by the organizers and the bar space itself. I also reconnected with three folks from Friday’s Drink-and-Draw, and my old housemate. […]

March 28

Oda

Ten years ago I bought a set of stationery cards called Goddesses. A set of twelve with four each attributed to a season. It never occurred to me to think beyond my writing desk and its curated pleasures to Mayumi Oda as a fine artist, or I would have known more about her significant contribution […]

March 12

Spring

Every year my town has The Big Fake Out. The rain stops, the sun shines, temperatures and good will climb day after day, week after incredible week … And then it ends until spring properly begins in 6-8 weeks. Despite the inevitable end, we love a good tease. I spent Saturday in my “sun park” […]

March 02

Hawai’i

It’s been a long time coming, but I began a visual travel diary. I went to Hawai’i for a friend’s wedding and had plenty of downtime and the luxury of penciling in, painting later, and/or returning the next day if I needed to. It was a satisfying first attempt and I’m keeping the new little […]

February 16

Open Collage

“Why did I stick that whale to that lady?” The Independent Publisher’s Resource Center (IPRC) hosts a monthly event Open Collage Night, where one has the opportunity to reflect on such decisions. I don’t remember ever doing collage, but suspect that somewhere between Kindergarten and twelfth grade, maybe lightly attached to intermittent Sunday school attendance, […]