Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great Blue Heron

He's baaaaack…
07-14-17
charcoal
07-16-17
ink, colored pencil
07-14-17
charcoal
07-13-17
ink
07-08-17
ink, charcoal, paint stick
detail
07-08-17
ink

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fanciful and Real Birds

I recently saw a wonderful exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum entitled "Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber." This show closes on July 9th just a few days from now. It consists primarily of Baroque Period religious art from Central and South America: Peru, Bolivia, México, etc. I focused on a number of works that included birds. They are very fanciful and are similar to some fine contemporary children's book illustration. It makes me wonder.

Below these are a few samples of my recent realistic bird drawings. These make me wonder too!
silver missal stand: detail, Peru, 1700's
detail from a painted desk, Peru or Bolivia, 1700's 
Swallows
ink
06-11-17

Great Blue Heron
ink
07-4-17
Moon and birds
ink, charcoal
06-14-17

Friday, June 9, 2017

Day to Day

Too many images! Are your eyes blurring? Darting to and fro? Me too.
Sometimes it's easier to make pictures than to look at them. I drew these last week and wanted to see them all in one place. Cross that off the list.
Carry on!
Grackle
06-02-17

Irises
06-02-17

The dam
06-03-17
The river
06-03-17
Trees
06-04-17
The Bridge
06-06-17
Trees
06-08-17
Utility Pole
06-09-17

Friday, June 2, 2017

Blue

The Island
crayon
06-01-17
When I was a kid, knowing the answer to this question was important:
"What's your favorite color?"
I always answered "Blue!"

Nowadays, I like all colors and I take pride in having an infinite number of favorite colors simultaneously. If you ask me today "What's your favorite color?" I will answer: "YES!" (But I still like blue quite a bit.) Here are some predominantly blue sketchbook pages --mostly recent work but a few date back further.


This book, as a matter of fact has a lot of blue in it
(but that's another story!)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Motivation


I dislike motivational speakers. And as you will see, thinking about them galvanizes me to do something in response. In this case I was looking through my recent sketches which feature trees and I remembered that a motivational statement had appeared on my daily motivational desktop.
Here's the statement:
“If you don't like where you are, change it. You're not a tree.”
—so says Jim Rohn who has turned telling people what they already know into a million dollar career.
As it turns out, movement, as we experience it, is a very limited attribute when one looks at all the living and nonliving things on this planet. So maybe "not liking where you are" is not a matter of getting up and moving like Okies en route to California. There are other time tested strategies. You might consider thinking like a tree: provide food and shelter to other living things, invest in your unseen roots, appreciate your tough skin and brighten the corner where you've been planted.

trees and wall
05-12-17
ink

The island
05-15-17
ink, charcoal

Willow tree
05-16-17
ink, charcoal, paint stick
Pine tree
05-17-17
ink, charcoal, paint stick
reflections of trees
05-25-17
ink, charcoal, tusche, paint stick
drawing gear
05-12-17

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