Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Emily, May 8th.
 Here is a Smattering of my recent Tuesday night drawings.  
Jenny, May 22nd.

Alicia, May 15th.

Bridget, May 29th.

Bridget, May 29th.

Bridget, May 29th.

Bridget, May 29th.

Bridget, May 29th.

Bridget, May 29th.

Bridget, May 29th.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Freewheelin' Yo La Tengo

James, Georgia and Ira, of Yo La Tengo.  Drawn at the Mystic Theater,  Petaluma Ca.
 Yo La Tengo played a remarkable, relaxed and intimate show at the Mystic Theater, Wed May 2.  They played hushed versions of their own songs, and some choice covers, as well as taking questions and comments from the audience.  I wanted to ask Ira just how closely related he might be to Garry Shandling but did not get my chance!
First I drew their faces, then more towards their knees!

James's Danelectro Bass.
 Several audience members ask to see my sketch book during the show and one asked me to draw something on the back of an LP she had just bought from the band.  So I re-drew James's bass for her.  I think I liked that drawing better than this one.  Whoever you are, if you find this blog, send me a scan or photograph!

Ira, some notes, his guitar and my empty beer.

I liked my drawing of James's bass so much that after the show I tried Ira's "On loan" Gibson Guitar, it did not come out as well.  It's a hard shape to draw at the end of the night!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 12-15 I attended the 1st annual Plein Air convention, hosted by Plien Air Magazine and it's publisher, Eric Rhoads.  I sketched every day, in my way of taking notes, here are the results
1st day, finding my way in...

Some random notes during the 1st installment of the Marketing Boot camp.  6:30 am every day!

A demo by Peter Adams, a very funny and charming painter.  Mr Adams is also the president of the California Art Club. Riffing on the pallet decoration theme.

A three man Demo: Tony Pro, Jeremy Lipking and Alexey Steele.

They were the only figurative painters doing a demo during the conference.

Alexey Steele overlapping with a presentation by Clyde Aspevig, who gave a very  insightful presentation about painting and his thought processes.  He talked a lot about fractals in nature, repeating shapes from big to small all around us. When I went out painting several days later it was almost all I could think about! 

Drawn while listening to a presentation about John Singer Sargent, by Richard Ormond, a scholar and relative of the painter. 

Sketch of  a demo by Ulrich (Uly) Gleitner and some notes from the Marketing Boot camp.

More notes, and the beginning of a very impressive 1.5 hour demo by painter Ken Auster.  He painted a 60" x 40" San Francisco street scene from a photo, freehand and quickly!  A good lesson is just going for it and not being fussy!

Ken Auster painting furiously!  Then the stage was set up for Matt Smith, a much more restrained painter.  

Demo by Matt Smith.  His demo style was very different from Ken's.  

Matt Smigh during his demo and Scott Christensen beginning his.

Scott Christensen demo and presentation.  Scott is a former athlete turned painter.

Double demo by Camille Przewodek and Ned Muller.  They were the George and Gracie of the Convention, with the roles reversed!

Some notes on painting and more demo's.  

Nikolai Dubovik, Russian painter.  I was pretty much running out of steam by now! 2 full days of demo's, lectures and slide shows!

My quick sketch of some of the Beers I sampled at this years Firkin Festival, held at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, on April 7th.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday night drawing! Kreober Hall then Jupiter, Berkeley ca, March 2nd, 2012.

20 minutes. Drawing with Noodlers ink, black and Apache Red.

20 minute pose, from two angles.

15 minutes

Post Kroeber, beers and conversation at Jupiter, in the back garden.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday Sketch Pistols: Kroeber Hall figure drawing and afterwards at Triple Rock Brew Pub, Berkeley Ca.

Our model has great copper colored hair.  It made me wish that I had brought a red ink with me...

Turns out that I did!  Unbeknownst to me, I grabbed the "wrong" ink bottle when I was rushing out of the house.   Thanks Coyote, your always looking out for me, even when your trying to trick me!

My favorite of the night.

Afterwards, sketching in the Triple Rock brew pub, our post-Kroeber pub of choice.

One more quick face and I'm outta here!

Coyote is always there: Valentine's trip to Yosemite Park.

Yosemite Falls.

Half Dome!

Quick sketch of the Yosemite Lodge dining hall.

Drawing at the longest continually operating Bar in California, the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, CA.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday Drawings - 2012 - January

Merav.  January 10, 2012.

Signey, Jan 10, 2012.
Prudence, Jan 17, 2012.

Terry, Jan 24, 2012.