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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.