Sunday, September 15, 2019

Blue Fish


This is what happens when you start doodling with shapes and patterns. What was a random abstraction starts taking up an identifiable form. Quadrilaterals and triangles turn into fish parts. Blue marker turns into blue fish. In my childhood I used to fish for bluefish off a rocky breakwater, and I threw them back for the cormorant to eat. Now I catch ideas, and throw them back into the InterOcean for the cyberbirds to grab.

Markers on sketchbook page, 6" x 3", September 15, 2019.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bearded Art Gentleman 1975


My mother's life drawing group had only one or two males in it. As in all live model sessions, we drew each other as well as our model. This gentleman was Peter Plumb, a local artist and a regular participant. I drew his portrait here and for all I know my face is drawn in his sketchbook too. It is easier to draw a bearded face because beard is easier to draw than chin. Peter had an interesting background. Though not a rider himself, he came from a family of equestrians and his brother, Mike Plumb, was an Olympic horseman and renowned throughout the equestrian world.

Peter loved the color purple and he collected purple things. One time we asked him, is EVERYTHING you have purple? How about your underwear? At which he pulled his pants down and sure enough there it was, Plum purple undies.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 3" x 4", 1975.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Cubistic Random Stuff


This doodle is a mixture of random elements from my environment. You can see tote bags, shopping center architecture, a glass cookie jar, and a storage crate. I wish my environment had more interesting stuff to draw, like the "urban sketchers" all over the world who get to draw castles, monuments, churches, Fiat cars, and marketplaces, but this here is all I get, at  least for now. I have lost count of how many tote bags I have. Somehow, they're all useful, if not picturesque.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 5" x 6", September 12, 2019.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Male Model for Poet


When a male model shows up for your drawing session, it's a treasure. You can ask him to pose in positions you will later use in fantasy or action scenes or whole body portraits. For instance this fellow here, he is posed in a nice "Corelli boy" decadent position and he became the original model for my "Sah-Luma, Prince of Poets." By the way, if you ever have a notion to read this Corelli text, it's here at hathitrust which has scanned many editions of the book
into readable text onscreen. I dare you to read a chapter or even a few pages. This author was extremely popular during her day but the nature of literature especially pop literature has changed greatly over the years after Corelli's flourishing.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 1975.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Khosrul the Prophet


I was still drawing characters and scenes from Corelli's "Ardath" when I returned from Europe. This ultra-fanatic fellow is "Khosrul the Prophet," who shows up in many scenes to proclaim the coming of Christianity (in 7,000 B.C.!). As you can see from my frame layout practice, ("Ringo Kid" was a Western comic-book character) I was serious about making a graphic novel out of "Ardath" but that never got anywhere.  At the time, 1977, I was a struggling graduate student at Harvard and by the end of that year I had called it quits.

Ink and watercolor on sketchbook pages, 8 1/2" x 6", 1977.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Corelli Boy Costume 1 - 1975


I was really active in 1975, with writing, art work, and studies at college. These are two costume sketches from Corelli's Decadent Boys. The costume is draped over a live model sketch and follows the author's description closely. Much later I saw that this costume resembles male attire from what is now Afghanistan. Corelli, like other "Orientalizing" writers, incorporated "Eastern" cultural elements into a colonialist story.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 6", 1975.

Monday, September 9, 2019

642 Egg Beater


"642"s prompt said, "an eggbeater." I'm not just gonna go back into the kitchen and copy something. It's what author Terry Pratchett calls a "pune," (pun) or I would call "wordplay if you must." And....it's Number 5 beating the Egg at the line! Complete with multiple images! Humpty Dumpty scrambles in for second place.

Marker with some digital white-out, 3 1/2" x 4", September 8, 2019.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Reality Pots


I never got to put anything in my balcony garden pots this year. The cacti and succulents though are doing well and some of them need pruning. It's still quite warm on the balcony so I will wait a bit. This little study is in keeping with the 2019 theme "Domestic Still Life." The white things behind the terra cotta pots are decorative river stones or quartz chunks. This is also another exercise with my new Arteza markers. Since they are water based you can use a water brush or another marker to blend the colors.

Markers and ink, with a touch of colored pencil on sketchbook page, 4" x 3", September 7, 2019.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Golden Coffee


Caffe Amouri serves an unusual latte drink with turmeric and ginger in it. The flavor is exotic and delicious, and it feels soft and cream-filled as you sip it. When you get this drink the barista does a bit of coffee art with the foam on top. Here on this example, she drew an orchid plant.

iPhone photograph, September 6, 2019.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Prince of Poets Portrait 1976


I found this little portrait of Corelli's fantasy Poet. It isn't as bad as I thought it was when I painted it. There was a lot of damage on the surface which I had to correct in Photoshop, which of course didn't exist when I painted the picture. Corelli spends a lot of time describing his elaborate outfit and even his fluffy white feather boa drapery. This is showbiz 1880s style and you can see it in countless 19th century "historical" ancient world-themed paintings. I was just learning how to paint in acrylic back then. I was a graduate student at Harvard in Greek and Roman Classics at the time.

"Sah-Luma Portrait" is acrylic on illustration board, about 5" x 5", 1976.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Homage to Rothko


And now for something completely different. I decided to make a Photoshop "painting" using the textures and color blocks of modernist artist Mark Rothko. My choice of composition is not at all similar to Rothko's horizontal blocks but I do get to work with textured edges and rectangular shapes. Digital manipulation gives a look of liquid paint. The colors aren't as nice as Rothko's, though. If you have the kind of mind that sees patterns of shapes, and colors, this composition could be a face, but I didn't intend to put it there. 

Photoshop, 7" x 10", September 5, 2019.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lysia the Snake Priestess 1976

Lysia was the wicked villainess of Corelli's city, Al-Kyris. I did this portrait of her in 1976. I used to do a picture of Lysia every year as she reclined on her black crystal throne, (un)clad in transparent gauze. This depiction is rather stiff and upright for the Snake Priestess. For a whole write-up on this character, please clic here, just in case you want to know more. The green stuff on the ceiling is a malachite veneer, and the columns are mirror-faced so they look transparent. A snake shape jeweled in emeralds is mounted on two ivory tusks above her head. Like the Poet's character portrait this one is tiny, too small to add in her animal friends of Python and Tigress. 

Ink and watercolor on illustration board, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2", 1976.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Prince of Poets 1975

I'm re-blogging this image from 1975 because it belongs with my other Corelli drawings. I last showed it in 2008 when this blog was new. This tiny picture is one of my own favorites and the best of my Corelli work, so why not show it again after 11 years. I had a great time depicting the "Victorian Babylon" style that the author described in her overwrought prose. 

Ink and watercolor on thick sketchbook page, 7 1/2" x 4", spring 1975.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Corelli Harem Scene 1975


In Corelli's ancient world, the Poet Laureate was a national celebrity and was granted a palace to live in, complete with a harem full of beautiful young girls. Corelli the author has fun describing this scene as well as the intrigues and competition that spring up among these girls, all of whom are eager to spend time with the curiously inattentive Poet. Here you can see a bevy of these young things, waiting around hatching plots and doing their pastimes. To the lower right is the harem girl "Niphrata," an especially young and innocent harp player who adores the Poet but is ignored by him. Behind the harp is a standing painted screen in blue and gold. I put the screen into Corelli's imaginary palace because the real screen was my mother's painting and she had just finished it in 1975 when I painted this.

Corelli Harem is ink and watercolor on Canson textured paper, 10" x 8", 1975. Click on image for a larger view.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Amy Rothberg Brandeis Portrait 1975


Amy Rothberg was a fellow student at Brandeis University. I was always drawing but not necessarily nude art models. If someone was able to stay still for a few minutes, I could draw their portrait. Sometimes people would ask me to do their formal portrait, but usually they were casual sketches like this one. I don't know whatever happened to Amy and I can't find her on the media, I hope she did well.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 3 1/2" x 4 1/2", 1975.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

More Coffee Shop with Pastry


Properly keeping with the Coffee Theme for this year is a drawing of one of many coffee shops I frequent. This is a view inside "Pastry Xpo," an upscale European-style shop which serves not only coffees but a dazzling array of cakes, pies, cookies, and many other pastry delights. The Xpo is located in a recently built complex of shops, residences, restaurants, and offices complete with a plaza with outdoor seating where you can enjoy the good weather. Xpo also has a big window where you can see out to the street. Here you can see a coffee cup and a block of Xpo's ultra-rich cake on the foreground table.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 5" x 5". Note that this tech pen I'm using has a much thicker point than the needle-pointed Rapidographs I used back in the 1970s. August 30, 2019.

Friday, August 30, 2019

More Corelli Boys 1976


When I returned home from Rome in 1976 I was still drawing lots of Corelli pictures possibly with the idea of making a graphic novel from the book. I did some writing adaptations and page layouts as you will see, and populated it with characters who were debauched versions of Alma-Tadema's well-wrapped Roman aristocrats. Here are two more pretty boys waiting their turn to have a flirtation with the young, beautiful, and sinister Snake Priestess.

I was still using the very thin Rapidograph tech pen which was equivalent to an American 4-0. After 1976 I went on to draw with more visible penwork while still using red-brown ink made by Pelikan.

Red-brown ink in 4-0 tech pen on sketchbook page, 5" x 8", late 1976. Click for a larger view.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lantern in the Window 1976


I returned from Europe in the fall of 1976 and spent some time at my parents' home before going off to graduate school. This is the window of my childhood room, through which you can see the neighbors' house. You will also see a cylindrical lantern hanging at the window. I bought this lantern in Egypt, at the Khan-al-Khalili Market in Cairo, in 1975, and brought it back as a souvenir. I equipped it with an electric flicker-bulb and it is still with me even now, in my studio as I type this in the world of the future. The window, though, is gone, another house has been built on the site.

Reddish-brown tech pen ink on sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 5 1/2", 1976.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Peets Coffee Order Ahead


In keeping with the 2019 theme of coffee and coffee houses, here's a sketch of my local Peets Coffee with the busy barista in back. Peets is strategically located next to Trader Joe's. "Order Ahead" allows you to make your coffee order on your everpresent mobile phone, so you can pick up your coffee when you arrive, thus saving you at least three minutes in your caffeine-soaked life. Order ahead, Chaos behind.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 5 1/2" x 4 1/2", August 27, 2019.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Corelli Characters Image Cover 1978


I created this rather garish piece in the hopes of getting it published as the cover art for a new reprint of Corelli's "Ardath." I depicted the main characters, the two twin-like male lovers and the snake-handling evil Priestess. The top is blank so that the title would go there. But 1889 wasn't good enough, and I never sold the painting. I am not sure where it is, it might even still be in my own collection. In the background you can see the long-bearded Prophet who bursts into various scenes prophesying (truthfully) the destruction of the wicked City in a righteously deserved volcanic eruption. 

Acrylic on heavy cardboard, extensively restored in Photoshop, 10" x 18", summer 1978. Click for larger view.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Purple Arrangement


It's sort of a Geometrikon but mostly a texture and color study using my new Arteza marker set. I can get a lot of color mileage from these markers although as I've said they're all saturated with no pale or pastel tones. The texture on paper is like watercolor rather than the grainy quality of colored pencils. Red and purple are not my favorite colors but I wanted to use all the pens in the set and there are a lot of pink, red, and purple markers, probably to appeal to kids. 

Markers on sketchbook page, 3 1/2" x 5", August 26, 2019.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Art Model Sketchy Color


It's a challenge but a good one, using a sketchy technique for a model study. I always want to use my colored pencils and this one turned out well. By now you recognize some of the elements of the art space our little group rented: the oriental rug, the sofa, the crumpled fabric. I even drew her face. You should see my colored pencil collections now. There are more pencils than any normal human person (or even artist) should own. And I love every last one of them.

Colored pencils on sketchbook page, about 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 1975.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Corelli Fantasy Debauchery



















As some of you know I am a fan of the late 1800s fantasy author Marie Corelli. Her book ARDATH is a fabulous over-the-top journey into an ancient Middle Eastern world of intrigue, violence, and eroticism. These figures from my Corelli sketchbook of 1975 were drawn free-hand...all that life drawing was good for something. These are some of the debauched young men who go to the Snake Priestess's parties hoping to embrace her before her pet python or drugs finish them off. I have a trove of Corelli work dating back to the early 1970s. I'll be showing some of it off as my next blogification theme. I haven't drawn a new one in years and if I pulled the 1889 volume off my shelf the book would disintegrate into dust. Most of what you will see is digitized repeat work.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 5" x 9", 1975.

Friday, August 23, 2019

End of Summer


I decided to add in this last page after doing some good art at Rappahannock Cellars. This is what page 45 will look like in "Under Vine." I have Autumn remaining to number, and then start the page-numbering and printing for the book. I look back and think I have wasted my time this summer but on the contrary I've done a whole lot of productive labor and I hope that I can get it all ready for the Holiday gift-giving season. I wish I had some wine now but it would probably upset my stomach so I guess I'll settle for sparkling water.

Colored pencils, sepia ink, and Photoshop, 8 1/2" x 11", August 2019.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rappahannock barn colors


Color has been added to my view of the Rappahannock winery barn, but it isn't finished. After a few more areas of green, it will be ready for placing on the Photoshop page "End of Summer." I would like summer to last forever but if that happened, the grapes would not grow or ripen and we can't have that. In fact some of the vineyard sections at Rappahannock had already been picked and they were grapeless.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, colored in Photoshop, 7 1/2" x 4 1/2", August 2019.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Life in Perspective 1975


Back to the studio in 1975, a circle of artists surrounds the life drawing model draped over the sofa.  There were always around seven of us, and that number means that some of us didn't get the best view. This time it was me and you can see that the model is in what might be called "strong perspective," that is, the top of her head was facing me. It's a difficult drawing assignment for sure and I couldn't get the full body into the sketchbook, so I drew her feet separately (at bottom). I didn't draw her face because of the usual time constraints. It's still an interesting drawing despite the distortion of the position. This would be called "putting life in perspective."

Pencil on sketchbook page, about 5" x 8", 1975.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August at Kirkman Vineyard background


After drawing a successful vineyard scene at Rappahannock, I decided to place it with another landscape on an extra page for "Under Vine." This is the background, composed to evoke the warm, hazy last days of summer. It will be placed at the end of the "Summer" section of the book. Note the goldenrod blossoms in the bottom session. The background is inspired by a vineyard owned by friends of mine, the Kirkman family. They have a vineyard but they don't make wine. They just sell their crop to wineries.

Photoshop, 8 1/2" x 11", August 19, 2019.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Rappahannock Landscape


It was a very nice wine day as the Wine Team visited Rappahannock Cellars, a favorite winery. The weather was perfect (for me as I love heat), the wine was delicious, and the snack selection went well together. The foliage is taking on the golden tint of August and big billowing clouds drifted through the sky, spilling rain on somewhere else. The circular lantern at left is a detail from the newly renovated wine lodge. This drawing may be a late entry to "Under Vine," or maybe not. It depends on whether it looks good when I color it in.

Sepia brown ink on sketchbook page, 8" x 4 1/2", August 18, 2019.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

August Greens 2019


During August I try to do an accurate rendering of a "tree-scape" using a combination of media or digital. This year's "AugustGreen" is done mainly with markers, my new pen-style ones from "Arteza", a new online art store that markets just about everything for artists both pro and amateur. This is the view out my studio window in late afternoon, with touches of gold and a multitude of greens. It also features a small spruce tree that was unsuccessfully planted many years ago and has finally toppled over. I often see wildlife in this area such as foxes, rabbits, squirrels, and deer, as well as many species of birds, right in the middle of a big city.

Markers with some white-out and a touch of Photoshop, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", August 17, 2019.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Big Ear Dude


Now that a lot of men shave or close-crop their heads, we get to see all sorts of biological shapes. A week or so ago we got to see "Zippy the Pinhead," and now we see, in an upscale coffee shop, a guy with ears worthy of Disney or at least Star Trek. He's got a gadget on his right ear so he can talk on with his client instantaneously as well as looking at his computer at the same time. Don't you love the modern world. 

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", August 16, 2019.

Friday, August 16, 2019

642 Cinder Block


Remember the "642 things to draw" art prompt book? I haven't done a "642" in years! Here's one, chosen more or less at random. Draw a...cinder block! What, building materials? What I first thought of was a cat. Why a cat? Because long ago a friend of mine had a long haired black cat called "Cinder." And now some other friends have a long haired brown cat called "Cinnabar." Imagining Cinnabar as a block gives the fantasy image of a cinder block hollowed out so that Kitty can slither through the carved space. If there is a hollow somewhere, a cat will find it. The block doesn't look very comfortable but I have seen cats in odder spaces than this. Is "odder" a word anyway.

Black ink on "642" sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 6", August 15, 2019.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Art Model Pale Pencil 1975


You can never have too many art models, or drawings of them, at least if you're an artist. My mother left behind literally thousands of model drawings and I had to sort through them to see which ones I'd keep. This job isn't done, either. I still have more of Mother's drawings. This page is mine and these drawings were done while I was at one of her life drawing sessions. I was experimenting with two different ways to render the same pose: pale limited colored pencil, and light monochrome pencil. Mother scratched hers out in pastel, a medium I never tried then and haven't ever now. 

Pencils on sketchbook page, 8" x 10", 1975.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Nancy Oseasohn 1975


This is a small sketch portrait of a Brandeis friend of mine, Nancy Oseasohn. She was one of the dormitory group I belonged to. I drew portraits of many of my Brandeis classmates and they often asked me to draw them. After college Nancy went to law school and became a lawyer in Texas, originally in Odessa but now in San Antonio. I am still in touch with her through Facebook.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 3" x 4", 1975.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Colorforms 14


I haven't done a Colorforms in a long time so here's one. This one fulfills the game that I devised for it. Four basic shapes, in four sizes. four basic colors on a black square background. Two deviations from the rules, here some shading on the blue circle to right lower corner, and that each green leaf is the same. Oh, what does it mean? Nothing but playing with color I guess under game restraints. But also the red triangle in the square is the shape of the famous Citgo gas sign visible from part of the stands at Fenway Park.

Photoshop, 5" x 5", August 13, 2019.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Brandeis Lecture 7 Yarmulkes 1975


Orthodox Jewish men often wear a little cap on their heads to show religious reverence. The cap is called a "kepah," or more colloquially a "yarmulke." The caps are handmade, usually by crocheting. Kepahs are sometimes made with symbols and colors, like blue and white for the flag of Israel. It is OK to have a whimsical kepah. I have seen them with a "Star Wars" theme. The caps don't stay on the guys' heads so they use a bobby pin to keep the yarmulke on.

This posting concludes my series on Nahum Glatzer's lecture.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 8", 1975.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Brandeis Lecture 6 Tom Friedman 75


After a relaxing interval at the Brandeis "schvitz" (steam room) Dr. Glatzer returned for the rest of his talk on "Judaism and Early Christianity." (OK, I made up the steam room thing.) I also switched to a softer pencil which gave my drawings more contrast. I drew Glatzer again and added details of the audience. Among the attendees was my casual friend Tom Friedman, who later would win two Pulitzer Prizes for his work as a journalist and international politics expert.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 8", 1975.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mundane Bag


The British sketch blogger and art counselor Michael Nobbs has been helping artists with limited space, time, or health for many years. He has changed his website a lot and it is now very nicely built. He is severely disabled but has been able to make an art career for himself. One thing he suggests for ongoing artists is to draw whatever you see, even mundane stuff in your house. Nothing to sketch? Not at all? What about on your living room floor? Your tote bag? This is one of my dozens of tote bags and now it's etched into eternity.

Sepia brown tech pen, 3 1/2" square on sketchbook page, uh, August 10, 2019.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Cloudscape 8 - 7- 2019


I always love summer cloudscapes. There are the big puffy cumulonimbi and lower down in the atmosphere there is a complex interweaving of white, grey, and blue sky. This scene is entirely accurate as to color, forms, and movement. Well, maybe not exactly, as I know, every cloudscape any artist does that is not from a fixed photographic image is from memory. But this one is as close as I'm going to get and it's nicer than being at the mall. The grey part was the rainy part.

Markers and colored pencil on sketchbook page, 5 1/2" x 4 1/2", August 7, 2019.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Crowded Mall Hall 2003


Sixteen years ago on this day, August 8, I went into the nearby Tysons Corner Mall and did a drawing of the environment. Malls are popular in the summer because there's air conditioning, the kids are still out of school, and there's plenty to do and eat. I park myself outside of Starbucks with a coffee and apply myself to the sketchbook. I haven't done a mall sketch in quite a long time. Maybe I'll do another session.

Black tech pen on sketchbook page, 5" x 4 1/2", August 8, 2003.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Brandeis Lecture 5 Warm Steam


We're still at Nahum Glatzer's Brandeis lecture and I'm trying to take down the words as I hear them. Something like this:
"This event testifies to the warm steam in which we hold this man. Having Professor Nahum Glatzer at Brandeis is like the good old days."
What..."warm steam?" I didn't know there was a spa and old-time steam room at Brandeis for visiting lecturers.
Oh, you mean "warm esteem." I guess the sound system wasn't so good in that room...

Pencils on sketchbook page, 5" x 7", 1975.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Radiant Doodle


The computer is giving me trouble again, or perhaps I am giving it trouble. I wanted a simple design aligned toward a central point, so here it is. I managed to post it even though I must have pressed the wrong button and the row of icons that launches apps on the bottom row has disappeared. It could have just been some damn random hand move that hit the wrong key but I won't lose more time about it unless it really starts falling apart. I like the "tropical" colors of the top half and I'm waiting for some thundery rains to be summer-like. I am actually doing Meaningful Activity this summer, that is, art, reading real paper books, and producing "Under Vine" which I am putting in order, almost ready to start business with the printers.

Marker drawing colored in Photoshop, 3 1/2" x 3", August 2019.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Brandeis Lecture 4 Glatzer 1975


This one in the lecture sketch series was quite hard to restore and I'll quote what the Professor was talking about. "....tremendous amount of mystery religions...Tammuz, who survives, you know, as a Hebrew month...he is the god of vegetation..." Two bearded devotees (not of Tammuz, but the real thing) sit pondering. I forgot to put in the eyes on the one at lower left, probably because he moved. 

Pencil on sketchbook page, about 4" x 6", 1975.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Summer Fantasy 2019 Re-mix


Here is my recent modernist study done up in a conventional non-digital "re-mix" using watercolor markers and colored pencils. The dark gold streamers are done with metallic colored pencil and ink design overlay. I used copper and gold metallic pencil but it just didn't come out shiny enough in the scan, hence my simulation in digital medium in the original posting of this piece. With digital re-mixing you can "fix" what you don't like in a piece but is that "cheating." That question is still being argued about by artists as soon as a new medium appears.

Markers and colored pencil, 5 1/2" x 3 1/4", August 2019.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Head Shape Coffee House


I can't help it. If I'm there, I draw. If I don't have the time, I do a tiny wire frame like this one. He had a weird pointy head like Zippy the Clown, but all bald with no tuft and ribbon. Can figure-recognition artificial intelligences recognize this man and track him down? I sure hope not. Can they track ME down for posting this? Someone is watching you. Everywhere. Have a coffee re-fill -  Don't mind the monitor cameras at the coffee house.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", August 2, 2019.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Brandeis Lecture 3 Attendee Face 1975


This gentleman was listening so intently to Glatzer's talk that I could draw him in close detail. I'm following in the pencil marks of Leonardo da Vinci (Sure! Except I'm not left handed) capturing character faces at random. I want to try this again and see if I can still draw a face rather than a wine bottle.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 3" x 4", 1975.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Virginia Under Vine Cover


It's August! The grapes are ripening, a process winemakers know as "veraison" or "greening." In just a few weeks they will be ready to harvest, and the aroma of wine will drift through the air. I have just finished the final cover for "Under Vine," and here it is. I used my portrait of the "Honah Lee" winery grounds for the image. A few more details, and then it will be time to start the printing action with the press in Queens, NY that produced "Earthly Paradise" 6 years ago. This is your preview for your wine book, coming in fall 2019! 

Colored pencils and Photoshop, 8 1/2" x 11", August 2019.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Brandeis Lecture 2 1975


Here are more folks attending Nahum Glatzer's lecture on early Christianity and its Jewish roots. Note that the gentleman seen from the back at left is wearing a "kepah" or orthodox Jewish cap. The annoying black area down the center is the shadow of my sketchbook on the scanner, I wasn't able to edit it out so thanks for your patience.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 10" x 8", 1975.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Summer Fantasy 2019


I'm testing out my new "Arteza" watercolor markers again, this time with blues and greens. I like the mint green, which is rarely found in nature. The simulated gold strips and yellow suns were added in Photoshop. So far these markers are doing well. The only thing I would ask for in this line would be more pastel and earth colors. Arteza seems to have lots of resources as an online art supply store and they advertise aggressively. I'm not sure whether I will make a larger version of this design - probably not. 

Markers on sketchbook page with some Photoshop, 5 1/2" x 3 1/2", July 2019.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Early Harvest

I'm testing out my new "Arteza" watercolor markers with this little color study anticipating the upcoming harvest. The yellow ochre and cloud grey markers are especially lifelike and natural. The markers are blendable on the paper. I am not sure how lightfast these colors are - I could make a sun exposure test I guess. I suspect they are fade-able dye colors but that doesn't make a big difference as long as I can scan it. "If you like what you drew, scan it." 

Markers on sketchbook page, 2 3/4" x 2 1/2", July 28, 2019.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Brandeis Lecture 1 1975


I didn't just draw nudes for my sketchbook in 1975. There were plenty of clothed models available wherever I turned. This series of sketches was done at a lecture I attended at Brandeis, where I was a student in my senior year. The lecture was on early Christianity and its Jewish background. Brandeis is a "historically Jewish" university and it has hosted the very best scholars over the years. The lecturer here is Nahum Glatzer, a renowned expert on Jewish history and theology. People sitting at a talk are a lot easier to draw than people at a coffee shop, because they don't move around so much.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 5" x 5", 1975.