Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Future: First Sketch of the New Year

The skies were beautiful today: big billowing clouds against blue or gray. This was the view out the landing window. It's the best view near dusk, but an awkward place to sketch.


'There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.'

Leonard Cohen, 'Anthem' 1992, The Future

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holiday Cheer

Surprisingly, the hummingbird stayed on the branch long enough for me to draw some light branches, outline his silhouette and then lay in the wash. Two days later, as I was adding the detail to the branches, the little fellow returned to the same branch!



The day after Christmas, sketching and reflecting on the holiday and memories.



Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tis the Season

Satsumas


Providore Flowers



Solstice 


Barb's Bird




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Creation and Destruction

I painted a few wreaths...


This was my first one, which has a loose feel to it, but doesn't look like it would hang well.


After painting them, I decided to add shadows, thereby ruining each of them. Luckily, I had scans and one of them became a Christmas card.
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I liked our freeform centerpiece and tried several times to paint it.  


The cedar seemed always to look too much like feathers...


Then, I made one that I almost liked. I made a scan, overworked the page and ended up gluing paper over the damage. Luckily, I had the scan.


This one, I haven't destroyed yet...

...except for eating the muffin.
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I'm not sure whether or not I liked this better before I added the apple tree branches on the right,  but it doesn't matter, because this is what stays. I didn't make a scan.

 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sketched the day before the election.


Saturday, the Urban Sketchers of Portland had the opportunity to sketch inside an old foundry. I sketched some of my fellow sketchers before tackling the huge press.