Succulents and Cowboys

Random drawings for the end of the year in Scottsdale. Without my regular art supplies back in San Francisco, these are done with a ballpoint pen.

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London and Cambridge, the photos

This is before I had a digital camera. These pictures were taken with an old Minolta and pieced together. The stained glass was from Pembroke College in Cambridge. The statues were from the sailors memorial in London. The rest are cathedrals and houses in the area surrounding Cambridge.

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Sketchbook of a trip to London and Cambridge

Back in 1998, Andrea and I went with a group from University of California at Irvine to study art and architecture of Cambridge and it’s surrounds. Also spent a week in London with Erika, Andrea’s friend. These are sketches, collages and photographs of a two week period there. A couple days ago I found an envelope at the studio with photographs and slides that I had forgotten about. Thought they were really cool and I had a sketchbook to go along with it. I’ll be posting these over the next week or so – hope you enjoy.

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Final Sketch Session 2012

Final drawing session for the year. I don’t know why I do what I do – I just do it. Something tells me to pick up a brush or a pen or paint on cardboard. Last night was a great night, I found out I really dig drawing beards.

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Thought I would post some portraits of me done by other members of Mark Chester’s Gay Men’s Sketch Group. Sketchers Dan Becker and Steve Davis were generous enough to give these to me. The profile of me on red paper is by Steve Davis and the other ones are by the notorious Dan Becker.

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8:10 33 bus from studio. 8:53 Geary bus to 34th. 9:06 walk/coffee/walk. 9:30 Legion of Honor opens.

Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette

The French decorative arts are amazing. I was stunned by some painted doors saved from the Tuileries. At the end of the show is a small room with a few of Marie-Antoinette’s furnishings. I was captivated by a small Sevres porcelain bust of Marie-Antoinette from 1782. As I was standing there drawing her, she came to life to life for me on the page. I left wanting more.