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Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 31: ONE MONTH!

Only eleven more to go. Seems endless...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 30: Bienvenidos a...

I have only received one address for a Valentine card. I think I may have been a little unclear. If you would like a Valentine card from me this year send me your address. Or, if you think I have your address just send me a note. I am starting my address book for free art all over so I may have your address but you will not get anything unless you tell me you would like it. Please send me a note to my email address... All are welcome, old friends, new friends, strangers. Heck, my wife may not get anything for Valentine's day if I don't hear from her.
If I don't get very many requests you may get drawings instead of a print.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 27: La Luna Amor

For a number of years I would make a "Valentine Suite" of prints but for the last couple of years I was too busy. Well, Valentine's Day is around the corner and I think I am going to start it again. I normally sent them out to patrons and close friends. However, I'm feeling very prolific these days.

I am wiping the slate clean...if you want a Valentine Day card from me make sure I have your address.
For those of you that I most likely have your address anyway...let's just say I lost my address book.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24: At the 45th Parallel

Where the something, something begins...
PS. Check out a new amigo in the side

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 23: Or maybe not.

I suppose all the erasing filés that get left behind add something, thickens up the drawing a little.

Day 22: Time to clean my scanner bed.

Day 21: Del Boca Vista

Matt, how do we get to Del Boca Vista? Do we float down stream or use a schtick to paddle?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 20: Shoving Off.

Lately, it seems I am going, going, going. I'm either driving here, flying there, going to this site meeting, and getting stuck behind trains. Like most people, obnoxious drivers really get under my skin. I got tired of cursing all the time and decided to go with the flow.

I have this theory. I call it, "Poop Kharma". When I got a dog, I was pretty good at picking up his poop. However, on occasion I'd be left without a bag and I would leave it behind. But, I noticed when I did so I would step in poop sometime the within the next week. I NEVER leave his poop behind and I haven't stepped in anything since.

What do these two things have in common? Well, I thought Poop Kharma might apply to Driving Kharma. I started being nice to other drivers. Letting people change lanes in front of me (when they clearly haven't the room). Letting other people go first and so forth. My consideration, I believed, would be given back to me or at least there wouldn't be any rude drivers crossing my lane.

Let me tell you...Poop Kharma does not apply to Driving.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 17: The Weekend End

Not much to say with these last few drawings.

My long weekend is over, sad.

Day 16

Day 15

Day 14: My Loyalist of Friends

I don't do enough drawings of my dog, Pugnacious D.O.G. With the new baby, it really is hard to keep him in the loop. He will forever, always be my first boy.

Day 13: The Weekend

Today is my Friday, yipee.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12: A very long day.

Today I worked a 13 hour day. I woke at 5:30 and got home from work at 8:00. It was so much fun to come home and draw.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

09 Enero 2011: Solitude?

A few of things to think about. First of all, this drawing is larger than my previous eight. Not by much but still bigger. It measures in at 18"w X 15"h. It is my first attempt at taking the things I find successful or that I like and incorporate them in a larger drawing at the end of the week.

The second thing is I spoke with a very old dear friend today, that I don't speak with enough. Always very encouraging he mentioned something that got me thinking...technique. In my opinion, there is no right or wrong method of drawing technique. It is all mark making-take it a step further, whether you do it with a pencil on paper or oil paint on canvas it all the same action, drawing. But, I digress. My point here is I don't ever talk about my technique. Mostly because I don't want you to know. I am a firm believer in mystique. So, to contradict myself a bit I have taken the photo of my drawing with some of the tools that I use to draw with. What I won't tell you is how I use them. Figure it out for yourself. I did.

Lastly, I wanted to share a notion that I have just begun to explore with these drawings, solitude. I have done quite a bit of driving across the northwest states and one thing that always comes to my mind is, what did this land look like without the touch of mankind and modernization. What did the landscape look like when just the First Nations occupied it? How was it viewed when other people started arriving? I find this very intriguing mostly because we will never know. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

And, on the 7th day he thought about resting.

It was very hard to do a drawing today. Not only is it the playoffs but the Seahawks are in the playoffs...still in the playoffs. However, I got it done.

I also wanted to change the way I do my posting. I was drawing one day and waiting until the next day to post it. I've decided to draw and then post as soon as I am done with it. So, with that being said, you get yesterday's drawing today and today's drawing today. Two for one!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Six Days: Mr. Xavier Santos-Mi Corazon

I think it is harder trying to think of something to write than it is to do the drawings. This is a portrait of my son, Xavier Santos. Cute little bugger. Oh and by the way just so you all know it is Hah-vehr not ex-ā-vē-ir. Anyway onward and upward!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Fifth A Day: Who is that masked man?

It has only been six days...hey, I am only posting the fifth day! Why am I behind a day. I think I am going to have to fix that.
Anyway, I am pretty proud of myself for staying on task all week. This is one great habit. I even had time to do other things, fixed the flashing on the chimney, go to work, play with the kid, make the dinner, workout, watched, "The Who: At Kilburn: 1977" (kicks ass by the way), and most importantly spend time with the wife.
Speaking of the little guy. He will be going on his first road trip soon and may not be taking his laptop with him. Needs to disconnect for a little while to reinvigorate himself. But, he will be making his father do his drawings. So, if I drop off for a few days don't think I have lapsed.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day #4: Puget Sounds Like Fun.

This drawing could have used more work. However, I really like what is going on it. It has led me to an idea. These drawings aren't very big, about 8" X 10". I've decided to make smaller drawings during the week and take what I like about them, if anything, and incorporate them in a larger drawing over the weekend. Sounds like fun.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day Number Three: A Mind Sweep

Went to see the Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. What a mad house! Went on Thursday morning but couldn't get in until 2:40. Instead got tickets for first thing Friday morning but it was still crazy. So many people!

It was a nice exhibit for SAM to have. One of their biggest, I'm sure. I've decided I'm not a huge fan of Picasso. His work doesn't stir anything in me. However, I did like his prints. I also found the fact that he didn't do just one thing very refreshing. He printed, painted, sculpted, etc. etc.

The other interesting fact to me was that he was very concerned about his legacy. So much so that he took control of it by keeping what he thought was his better work to himself.

Anyway, glad I saw it up close.

BONUS DRAWING: A Sleeping Xavier Santos.

Monday, January 3, 2011

El Segundo Día

I really have nothing to say about this drawing other than I'm just mark making right now. The media is graphite. Actually it is an Eberhard Faber, Design, Ebony pencil, jet black and extra smooth. There might be more to that name but I've sharpened it a few times.

These pencils are great for making marks, very soft and very smooth especially on bristol vellum paper. The paper here, though, is Strathmore medium drawing paper. These pencils smudge easily which I love and I am using a brillo pad to scratch and move the graphite around with the help of my fingers.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day One!

Definitely going to be interesting to see what I come up with this coming year (for me anyway). I have a lot of media that has gone unused for years. I figure it is time to use it all up.

I have always been fascinated with the lines of airplanes and boats. So, I figure that will show up in a few of these first drawings. Can't wait to see where it takes me.