Day 3: Lines Across the Sky

More drawing outside today and I’m still focused on rooftop lines and the vertical walls that anchor them. It feels good to share these drawings here, so thank you again for looking.

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Finding the Way

In the past month, I’ve been drawing and painting daily and am excited to say that I’ll be participating in a group exhibit at the Collector Art Shop in Berkeley, CA from May 23rd through June 28th.  There will be a reception on the night of June 12th and all are welcome to attend!  Along with this, I’m continuing to look for opportunities to exhibit my paintings in the bay area and I’m developing my work with watercolor. I feel like I’m making strides with watercolor and that process has been the topic of most of my posts here, but I’d like to experiment with a new format.

My vision is of a blog where I share my drawings on a periodic basis.  Drawing is the foundation of all the work I make.  It’s the art activity that has always been a constant in my life.  And I want this blog to be a record of growth, discovery, and accountability.  As a start, I’m going to post a new drawing every day for the next week.  Some drawings might be simple and sketchy. Some will be more finished, but they will all show up here each day for the next week.

The first one is a building on Oak St. in San Francisco that I drew this morning.

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Gestures

I find myself thinking more and more about all of the things I see as I walk around San Francisco.  What do I want to capture about my adopted city.  I’ve played around with perspective and how the streets look as I walk and turn my eyes upward at intricate houses and the maze of wires that make everything go and light up like magic.  And this week I spent some time watching people.  I saw visitors in Union Square pointing up at landmarks and checking maps.  I watched people lawn bowling in Golden Gate Park.  Overall, I’ve been paying more attention to people and how we interact with our environment.

It’s interesting to consider how we’ve built cities like this one and what motivates us to build more.  Complex and geometric constructions with such a variety of purposes seem separate and distinct from nature, but are so likely inspired by natural and instinctual impulses.  People are very interesting and I enjoy trying to capture little snippets of our motions and motivations. Here are a couple of pages of very quick gesture drawings from the week. Hope you enjoy them!

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Momentum

It has been another very good week of drawing, painting, and figuring things out. I moved one step closer to setting up an online store with etsy to sell my paintings by finding a company that makes fine quality giclee prints.  I ordered test prints of 5 images to see how they look in person before offering them for sale. Once they are in my hands and I can attest to their quality, I’m going to open up my store where I’m planning to sell prints and original paintings.  It feels good to put the pieces together and keep things moving.

I spent more hours than usual on one particular painting this week and I’m happy with the result. As usual, San Francisco provided the inspiration.  The houses and streets in my neighborhood offer so many interesting shapes and colors.  Here are two stages of the image, as a drawing and a finished painting. Thank you for looking!

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San Francisco

Quite a bit has happened since my last blog post. In fact, my wife and I moved to San Francisco. Now that we are settled in, I’ve been drawing and painting often. It’s been very rewarding and I’m planning to keep this blog updated at least once a week. Here’s a few recent sketches.ShrimpSketchSketch2

Rome

It’s been awhile since I’ve had good Internet but I’m finally posting from Civitavechia near Rome. Our trip has been wonderful so far and I’ve been drawing whenever there is a chance. Again I’ll be checking in whenever possible and having a wonderful trip along the way.

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