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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day 71: El Desierto

I have now embarked on the last 30 drawings of the 100. Yipee!

It has come to my attention that people are interested in the drawings for purchase. (Okay, I got one offer.) However, I thought I should let people know that yes indeed the drawings are available. Clarification, most of the drawings are available expect for, of course, the first thirty which went to particular people. And, available for cheap. Pricing is between $25- $50. If you are interested send me an email at and we can negotiate.

Thank you to all of you who have been following the drawings. Here is to hoping that they don't stop after a 100, wink, wink.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Day 68, 69 & 70: Los de Abajos O Perro de Rey

In our house there is only one of us that controls the remote and he guards it well. Too bad all he wants to watch is Animal Planet. I guess that makes us the underdogs.

I am enjoying taping old random photographs to my drawings as a starting point. Sometimes while in the middle of a drawing ideas keep coming and I never know when to stop. I over work them they get muddy and I don't achieve what I first set out to accomplish. In both of the following drawings I felt they needed more but actually didn't know what to do or where to go with them. So, I abandoned them. As I look at them now, I am glad I did. They would have been over worked. I really need to consciously realize when to stop.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Day 67: Luna Llena

So ends another week. Now, I may stick to not posting this weekend and just post three drawings on Monday. Or, it may rain and I'll be stuck inside. Although, I do have a commission piece to work on and some portraits to do for an upcoming show in September. Yes a show! I'll keep you advised on that as I find out more information.

Anyways, have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day 66: Los Árboles Otra Vez

I really like birch trees. Might have to plant one.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 65: El Río Bravo

I finally found the time to clean my studio this last weekend. It had become overgrown with books, paper, drawing materials and chain saws. I swept through the saw dust and found the table top which means I can dirty it up again. This has led to yesterday's and today's drawing with my good friend charcoal. Charcoal and I have known each other for a long time now, since high school. We love to get drunk and get sloppy. Or, in other words NASSTY. Enjoy.

What's up with that bird?! Go away bird!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day 64: Árbol

Una dedicación a mi bueno amigo, Ian.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Day 61, 62 & 63: El Fin de la Semana

I have given into not posting on the weekends. I find it too hard between working in the yard, walking & playing with my dog, hanging with the wife and our social calender plus trying to just plain relax and draw to take time and sit in front of a computer. Life is just to short. And, that is why weekdays exist. So here are the last three days of drawing.

My wife has asked me to submit suggestions for a graphic on her blog that she is trying to create, Krystal Clear. Both, so far, have been summarily rejected. My wife is the most difficult client I have ever had.

Saturday was spent helping my friend Kyle celebrate his 32 birthday. After being yelled at for not providing him with more free art especially on his birthday, I decided to do some more drinking and drawing and created this loving portrait of Kyle and his significant other, Cynthia. Not sure who I should give it to, Cynthia or Kyle. I guess which ever one reads this first and sends me an email will get it. Of course that is assuming Kyle even remembers the weekend.

Lastly, I have a new best friend, Emmett. We hung out all Sunday afternoon. We played music, read books, rolled on the floor, bounced, played crinkle cube, ate lunch, basically just had a wonderful time together. I even did a portrait of Emmett and he was so mischievous as to keep kicking my arm as I drew him and making funny faces. He is such a funny guy!

So, three different days, three very different drawings. It was a very different (and by different I mean wonderful) weekend.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Day 60: Todos Juntos, Ahora!

I had this idea to use some collage of Mexican newspapers in my 100 drawings but what I brought back didn't really spark anything. Here is my first attempt.

Well, this is number 60. Only 40 left to go. I am feeling like I really want to focus in on one idea but not quite sure what that is yet. Also, need to get going on some portraits. I need to repair a piece for a friend. I would like to do a series of block prints of Pugnacious maybe reignite interest in the Paw Prints of Seattle website. But first I really need to organize the studio. It's a shambles.
Oops, and there are a bunch people out there waiting for drawings I promised a month ago. Sorry! They are coming soon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Day 59: Santos de Partido

Had no idea where this was going but it went...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Day 56-58: Mas Lugares

This is the second post to catch up over the extended holiday weekend that I experienced. The first two drawings are the last in the series of rainy landscapes. I received a few compliments on these drawings and I have to say that I really like them as well.
I am currently having a love affair with graphite. We dated once but went our separate ways after I was tempted away by the seductress charcoal. I'm afraid to say that I cannot be loyal to my drawing implements.

Last nights drawing is the third one posted below. Needless to say, my new lover and I did not agree on what we were making. Style, mood and concept all play a role in dictating what material should be used. My graphite mistress did not compliment my mid-century feel I was going for. I must remember to consider materials when trying to create a certain mood.
Could this be the end of my love affair? Tune in tomorrow to find out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day 53-55: Otros Lugares

Sorry for the lag in posts. I needed to spend some time away soaking up another culture, sample strange new foods and see places I could never imagine. I decided to take off at the drop of a hat to the very exotic beaches of Boise, Idaho. However, the drawing never ceases. Here are some interpretations of the foreign landscape.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day 52: Amigos

One of my favorite things lately, has been to go to intimate concerts and take a sketch book. It started with John Nemeth and continued with Iron and Wine. Well, last night my wife and I spent the evening with friends having dinner and drinks. Everyone was such a good sport to let me drink and draw, to let me stare at them while they enjoyed their pizza and swigged their beers.

Figure drawing is just about my favorite thing to do. I totally end up in another dimension where I am completely oblivious to everything but the pencil on the paper. However, in figure drawing the model is paid to be completely still and of course naked. I cannot afford the rate my friends would charge to stay still let alone be completely nude. I do not have cheap friends. So, their constant movement makes things a bit more difficult but that is a wonderful challenge I enjoy.

Here are a few of my favorite people...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day 51: PUMML

Today's drawing is a plug for my friend Drake Brodahl. Drake does wonderful work completely different than my own. He has a wonderful sensibility that is reminiscent of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
Drake has a opening this weekend in Astoria, Oregon at Lunar Boy Gallery. If you are in the area on Saturday do check it out. The title of his show is "Creature Feature" so here is my take on that.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Day 47-49: Notions

One thing I've learned about my-art-self is I am pretty automatic. If I get a notion about doing something, I do it. Whether it turns out good or bad, it has to be done or I will not be satisfied. In regards to how it turns out, I can be anywhere between happy and ecstatic when it turns out good but most of the time I just move on when it is bad.

I have been working on these three drawings for the last three days. The first one is the rocket ship drawing. I was fine with it and then the notion of adding the blue back ground came and I had to do it. It worked out fine. I was fairly pleased. The next two drawings I worked on in succession and I liked what was happening with the graphite drawings. Well, I thought the colored back ground worked on the previous drawing why not try it again. Not too happy. What is it that is working in the rocket ship that isn't working here...maybe I should move on, take what I like and discard the rest.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Day 44-46: Viva Mexico

Here are the last set of drawings from Mexico. Did I mention how I hate posting on the weekends?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Day 41-43: Mas Dibujos en la Arena

And here are more drawings in the sand. These drawings include more objects from the beach than the previous ones.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Day 38-40: Dibujos En La Arena

I'm not sure if I was being clever or drunk but the following drawings were done in the sand and photographed. It might have been my drunken laziness to not walk the 50 yards back to the room to get my sketch book. Either that or I would get detoured because the bar was between the beach and my room. Anyway, it seems to me that they got progressively better either over time, the more drunk I was or both. Whatever the case, it sure was fun.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Day 35-37: Mas Playa

Here are the next three days of loitering on the beach...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Day 32-34: La Playa

Okay, so I didn't have technical problems. My only problem this past week was deciding on what my next alcoholic drink was going to be. I confess I was in Mexico lying around on the beach. I thought it was hard to draw after coming home from work, walking the dog and cooking dinner. Try drawing when you are sitting on the beach drinking. Ahora, que es muy dificil.

Well, to catch up on my days of not posting I am going to post the drawings in threes. I should be caught up by this weekend to posting one drawing per day. Here are three drawings from my lounge chair on the white sandy beach looking out over the clear blue water of the Caribbean Sea.