Apr 20, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
The inside covers of my sketchbooks is always a weird place. It's not really a place to do a drawing. One side is cardboard and the other side is the first page of paper. Usually I just put my name and phone number in case I lose the book. Around that information is some kind of nonsensical art I've drawn. This is my latest creation minus my name and phone number.
Apr 13, 2017
One day when I was drawing at the Museum of Natural History, there were many students from Pratt scattered about drawing too. They were making large format drawings on paper taped to big masonite boards. It inspired me to do the same. So I bought some large sheets of paper and stained them. This is the first drawing I did live at the museum. They birds were not obviously in these positions. I used my imagination and drawing ingenuity to accomplish this piece. It's 24" X 22". It was so big I had to scan it in 4 sections and then retouch them all together. No easy feat. That was harder than doing the drawing. I have more sheets of paper ready for me to try again. Just have to find the time.
Apr 10, 2017
The gulf in Florida is very unusual to me. Everyday I go to the beach, the shore is completely different. One day there are conch shells washed up everywhere. The very next day they are all gone and now there are million of broken pieces of tiny shells. The next day, sea weed and clam shells. I never know what to expect. Seems to always be turmoil out in the gulf. One day there was these giant shells along the shoreline. I'd never seen them before and don't know what they are. They're about 8 inches long. So I decided to draw a couple. The next day they were all gone and I haven't seen them since. Maybe some money will wash up next time I go.
Apr 7, 2017
Apr 5, 2017
Apr 3, 2017
There are not just stuffed animals in the Museum of Natural History. They have displays of Native Americans, Inuit people, Arab and Asian peoples too. I stumbled into a part about China. Condensing my afternoon into one simple drawing was no easy task but I managed it. I'm good like that. Now you don't have to visit, I did it for you.
Mar 31, 2017
Recently Yun took me and her mother to Lincoln Center for a Yo Yo Ma concert. I must say it was quite excellent. With little to do but listen to the music, I turned it into a drawing session. Some spellbound folks approached me at halftime to see what I'd done. I was surprised to find out that there was a halftime at these things. Little did I know.
Mar 29, 2017
When I was a little kid growing up, I loved to visit my grandparent's house in Queens. My grandfather's basement was a wood shop. It was filled with ancient turn of the century hardware. Every clamp, screwdriver, plane and drill each weighed like 30 pounds. This drawing is of my grandfather's ancient metal vices. I've never actually used them but they are gorgeous to look at. Lifting one is not easy. I never found a reason to use them. At least they came in handy for something. I took them onto the street and sat down and drew them in the sunlight. My cousin Steven said he has some of his tools too. There were hundreds of them. I'm sure they are scattered throughout the family. Beautiful momentos.