Monday, May 26, 2014

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

F Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre
I had been interested in visiting F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre's resting place for some time, and finally found a good reason to as my sister told me their anniversary as coming up (the couple was married April 3rd 1920).  So the first weekend after we got ingredients together for some Gin Rickeys, drove out to Rockville, MD to a small church surrounded by commercial plazas and paid our respects.
We made a couple drinks for F. Scott and Zelda, but already there was a collection of pens, books, stones, flowers and coins left by other admirers with similar intentions.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Old Post Office Pavillion

Old Post Office view of Washington Monument
I'm a little late sharing, but this is a sketch from the tower of the Old Post Office Pavillion in DC.  We headed there for our most recent sketchcrawl (and later found out well we timed our visit, as the site was just a couple weeks away from a major renovation) thanks to the suggestion of Matt Malone.

The highlight of the sketchcrawl was the amazing view to be had from the clock tower, an open air space with 360 degrees of DC around it.  It was fricking freezing though, so I didn't manage much more than a few chicken scratches before retreating back to the main hall.  I have a few pages of unfinished drawings, but this one I managed to get done after paying it a little more attention at home.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Main & Scio

Main and ScioThis is a 3 1/2' X 5 1/2' piece I've been working on that's up at the Workhouse Art Center at the moment.  It still seems a touch unfinished to me, so I may fiddle with it some more, maybe add some color.  Who knows..

I Fixed Our Staff Picture

Corrected Staff picture (White Elephant gift)
We had our annual Holiday/White Elephant party at work.  I framed our staff picture as my gift... after fixing it first of course.

My backup pic was an altered Comedy Bang Bang ad I'm quite proud of as well...
white elephant self-portrait backup pic

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Dying Gaul

Ricardo pointed out to our sketchcrawl group that The Dying Gaul was on temporary loan to the NGA, and gathered a bunch of us to go sketch it.  While the crowd around the sculpture was deep, everyone found a decent unobstructed view or two to draw from.
The Dying Gaul at NGADC
It is pretty interesting how unaware people can be of themselves as the step directly in front of another person looking at the same artwork.  I don't mean just those of us sketching (though I will admit it didn't help) but people who will stand so close to the sculpture itself that the 30 visitors behind them can't see a thing. Whatever. At least no one knocked him over...
The Dying Gaul at NGADC

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Elizabeth Taylor Mural
As far as pop culture figures who make good mural subject, DC has a pretty good knack for picking them.  Marilyn Monroe, Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, and Frederick Douglas among others.  Well, earlier this season the Dacha Beer Garden opened up with a pretty spectacular mural of Elizabeth Taylor keeping watch over their beer drinkers down below.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This Site Is Closed Do Not Enter

This Site Is Closed Do Not Enter
Part of me just wants to say "presented with no commentary" and leave it at that, but I don't want this to be mistaken for some kind of libertarian protest or a complaint about park rangers like we've seen in the last week. I only felt as though it would be interesting to go check out the Mall and see how it looked when "barricaded". Now, if instead you want take this as a criticism of politicians not doing their job, go crazy. Especially those that instigated the shutdown then shamelessly postured in front of cameras to complain about it's results. Not that I feel like sketching those nincompoops.