1-4 Minute Gestures

A lot of times the gestures I do at my sketch group don’t turn out, but when they do…  it’s kind of amazing what you can get down in such a short amount of time. I don’t know why but I always grab a blue pencil for these. Here are a few of the better ones.

Sketchbook Project 2013 continued

I’m working on the Sketchbook Project 2013 for the Brooklyn Art Library. These are the latest drawings that appear in the sketchbook project. I will update every time I get a few pages done. This is an ongoing project that is due in January. I’m trying to say … this is who I am, this is what I like, this is what I do. Look at the earlier post for previous drawings. I wish I didn’t have to censor but I don’t want to push it with Facebook and WordPress.

The Book Collages

I wanted to share some of my Photoshop work. I collect old photography, medals, anything I find antiquey and cool. I started with a leather-bound book that became the basis for a series of collages. I overlaid images and objects trying to create some kind of story. Something about old photographs has always spoken to me and here I try to artfully construct an idea of someone’s life.

Guillain Barré Syndrome Drawings

Since it’s been a year I thought I should post this. Last year around my birthday I got sick with the virus that causes Guillain Barré Syndrome. I did not know this at the time. The very last thing I did before getting symptoms was march in The San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. I marched with the GLBT Historical Society in a pink wig and glitter shirt ever so gay. The very next day I had excruciating back pain, numbness in my hands and feet. I didn’t know what was happening to me. Over the next two weeks it got worse and worse until I was paralyzed from the waist down. I wound up at the Emergency Room at SF General Hospital.
I was scared because I didn’t know what it was and was just losing bodily function. Once I was in the hospital,  I found out there was a cure. My immune system was attacking my nervous system tricked by the virus. A week of medication and physical therapy helped and I was able to go home. I went from a wheel chair to a walker to fumbling around with a cane. I coordinated a show after this and showed these drawings of me trying to regain my skills. At one time I couldn’t sign my name on a check, let alone draw. This is my story.

Sketchbook Project

I’m working on a sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2013 that was started by the Brooklyn Art Library. (sketchbookproject.com) I think it’s been around for a couple of years now and I am new to it. I found out from a member of my sketch group. The books are returned to the Brooklyn Art Library and some go on tour around the US. Mine has to be returned by January. I started with a concept in mind, but it’s taking on a life of it’s own. This is what I’ve done so far, hope you enjoy it.

Figure Study for a Painting

I decided to treat myself for my birthday and have a model pose for me. I have an idea for a painting that I want to explore. I’ve drawn another model in this pose before but wanted to do a larger version of it with more time. 

Martuni’s the Watercolor

I’ve been taking photos of bars for a while now and have planned to do something with them. This watercolor is the first in a series of bars that I’m working on. Martuni’s is a piano bar that I frequent in San Francisco. Something about lit up bottles and martini images has always appealed to me. I’m new to watercolors and doing something like this 22″ x 30″ was ambitious. Basically I bought a book on watercolor and one of the exercises was: draw it out before you paint it in outlines. Prior to this I just started painting and winged it. I’m learning and this is what I do…   also I’m not sure this is done. I have to go over it more carefully but wanted to post it anyway.