Friday, December 9, 2016

City Bakery Challenge #2

The samdwich guy was very speedy today so I could draw only a cupcake with a chocolate sandwich cookie plopped on top, the lone gingerbread person, a "hand-shaped" bagel that actually was more butt shaped, and a lemon cookie.  Then my sandwich arrived, so I drew that.
Then two boules stacked on top of each other and finally another lunch eater in a pretty hat.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Manbuns Redux

Manbuns seem to be everywhere.  I spied this very messy one while in the car line at M's school today.  Then at Whole Food a very tidy curly one.  I did a little research on manbuns in history,  and then another popped up at the 
small local Whole Food/Greenlife. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Donnie Chooses His Team! If You Wanna Play, Put Your Potato In!

Remember the way we gave out baseball team positions in fifth grade?  It's a totally fair way!  Put your potato in!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Drawing with (gasp) Ballpoint

My friends all know that I'm a pathetic fanatic about pens.  My current favorite can't be found in the US and I am guarding my dwindling supply that a friend sent me from Barcelona and that Jacob brought me from Zurich.  So today I found myself in a workshop without a pen.
My friend M offered me a very nice-looking ballpoint.  I never draw in ballpoint and have several reasons that I could bore you with.  But I was desperate, and as I drew I thought of a dear former student who drew only in partially used cheap ballpoint pens.  He kept them in cans according to their amount of used-upness and corresponding color value.  His portraits were elegant and nuanced.  I noticed that I could actually control value very well with this ballpoint.  I didn't get the crisp black lines of my fave, but there is a very appealing softness to this ballpoint and the drawings I could do with it-- muddy shoes and boots and one pair of soft house slippers on this wet wet morning in a friend's garage studio.  Thanks, M!

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Squatting then sitting in the dry grass in the fading light in almost-winter is a lot more comfortable than crouching down in mosquito land on summer evenings.
The last colors in the garden, everything dry and crunchy, almost frozen--  drawing out here  huddled in a hooded coat and scarf reminds me of a friend years ago who lived in Toronto and did watercolors outside in winter using vodka in place of water to paint with.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Speed Drawing in Line at City Bakery

Today's challenge:  draw seven things from the display case at City Bakery before the samdwich maker finishes my two TABs without mayo.
Done! (Color added later at home.)