Mar 17, 2007
My friend Butch Belair has really taken to this drawing business. He is now heavily into watercolors. Unlike me, he reads books about techniques. He studies, where I just plod along on my own. It's an interesting difference between us. He called me the other morning and said he was going to draw and would I like to come along. When I draw on the street, I always use my little camping stool. Butch has his own way of doing it. He owns a mini cooper. He parks it in front of something he wants to draw and draws sitting in the front seat. The music blares from his car stereo. We were in Brooklyn under the above ground trains. There was a lot of snow and everything was melting. Water poured continuously onto the windshield. I could barely see a thing. Also I was very unused to drawing sitting in the passenger seat of a mini cooper. I struggled but never gave up. I like the result. The place Butch picked to paint was very reminiscent of the old Edward Hopper paintings.