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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Charlotte and Winthrop

Charlotte and Wintrop
About 3 feet by 4 1/2 feet on cardboard.  I meant to finish this for NYSSSA this past summer, but it wasn't quite done.  Then I spent about 15 more minutes on it then realized yes, yes it is done.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Udvar-Hazy

curtiss vought f4u 1d corsair
The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is great, but tends to be a bit too crowded and filled with toddlers sprinting around.  The NASM Udvar-Hazy Center out in Virginia on the other hand is a huge facility with some incredibly awesome aircraft on display, and a much calmer space to sketch about.
curtiss p40e warhawk
You could return there a dozen times and never be lacking for a new interesting, fascinating, and awe-inspiring subjects to sketch, from the Discovery shuttle, WWII planes, aircraft from the birth of flight and every era of flight you can imagine.
covered
And the conservation facility shows a bit of the process involved in restoring and maintaining the amazing pieces at the museum.
discovery

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