Jul 20, 2016
In order to make a drawing like this, you need to have lots of free time. On our recent trip to Europe, my wife and I went to Portugal, Spain and Morocco. We spent a lot of time on planes and trains. There was stays in Lisbon, Tavira, Madrid and Tangiers. When I would spend time making this drawing in the last page of my sketchbook, my wife would look at me like I had a screw come loose in my brain. She could clearly hear it rattling around while I scribbled. It gives me something to do because I don't like to be idle. It's the catholic school upbringing. Looking at this in person would really hurt your eyes. Mine got blown out on this trip. I am back recuperating from jetlag and all around beat-upness.
Jul 18, 2016
Jul 4, 2016
If you read the newspapers, there is constant buzz about me being one of the most amazing artists in the world. I try to tune it all out but it's hard. I'm struggling to stay above the fray. This new video tour through my latest sketchbook will not help tamp down on all this attention being given to me. In fact I suggest you NOT watch this film. It might be best to just move on from here otherwise you could get sucked into the vortex. I gotta say it is AMAZING though and silly.
Jul 1, 2016
Everyone and their mother is now a sketchbook artist. My interweb is flooded with the drawings people do. It's nice and all except everything looks the same. Most days I have to tune it all out. The images are usually of buildings and landscapes. Artists sit and do them onsite or work from photos they found or took. It has become hard to tell one drawing from the next. My approach is to attempt to stand out which takes a lot of energy. This is a sketch I did of New York city. It is a combination of very close up details, mixed with very wide shots of Manhattan. I'm sure in 2 weeks everyone will be doing this, so I'll have to come up with something else for all to copy.
Jun 29, 2016
I'm not sure if people know it or not but humans are natural herbivores. I was not always cognizant of this fact. Our digestive system is like that of apes who live only by eating plants. When Jane Goodall lived among the apes she never observed them grilling hamburger patties on a Weber grill. Our intestines are very long (carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all that rotting flesh they eat). We don’t have sharp claws to seize and hold down prey. And most of us (hopefully) lack the instinct that would drive us to chase and then kill animals and devour their raw carcasses. We are fruit and vegetable eaters by design. Our meat eating is a major cause of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I now just stick to the basics.
Jun 27, 2016
Recently it was Yun and I's 10th anniversary. We happened to be in Seattle at the time. I was down at the Pike market and noticed the joint was full of peonies for sale. Yun loves them so I bought her one. The problem though, it was 10 in the morning and I wasn't going to see Yun for another 9 hours because she was working. So I had to lug it around with me all day. I thought it would look cool in the hotel room and make her happy. The problem was, it began to melt and die as I handled it hour after hour. So I sat by the Puget Sound and drew the flower for posterity. At one point I ate lunch at a fancyish restaurant and the peony had a chair to itself. The waiters thought I was nuts. Not sure if Yun knows what I went through for my little gesture. When I got to the room, I stuck it in an ice bucket with water and it came back to life. At least I try. 10 years of me is no easy feat but somehow Yun has done it. Clearly I'm the lucky one.
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
Something odd happened to me in Seattle. This was a first. One morning I went to breakfast at Pike's Market. I sat at the counter of a restaurant called, Athenian. A lot of places don't have vegan meals so I usually cobble one together from items on the menu. I asked the waitress if I could order plain toast with lettuce and tomatoes on it, a side order of home fries and a fruit salad. She seemed perplexed, especially about my lettuce and tomato sandwich. Off to the kitchen she went. Returning I was informed that I could only order the pre-set breakfasts as they appeared on the menu. No mix and match. Everything contained bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, butter or yogurt. I informed her that I was vegan and never had a restaurant turn me down before for trying to order healthy food. I wanted to clarify the situation with her. I could order food that causes cancer, heart disease and diabetes made from murdered animals raised in horrible conditions. No problem eating endless amounts of dairy which is taking a horrible toll on our environment. But if I want to eat food that will be extremely healthy and help make the world a better place, I would have to go elsewhere? She said yes. Luckily close by was another restaurant. The name of this one was Lowell's. They had an amazing vegan breakfast on the menu. Veggies over potatoes. I was a happy customer.
Jun 16, 2016
I have not posted anything since the Orlando massacre. It seems silly to me to put up pictures of my parakeet, an avocado sandwich, or some pretty sunset. So I thought of something I could draw that would help to visualize how I feel. At some point I will go back to my normal life. Posting inane things and dumb drawings but it seems to matter a bit less. Having a large Irish family, I have gay relatives. They always seem to be the best and the brightest. Not sure why that is but it always seems to be the case.