Tuesday, July 8, 2014

fashion magazine collages


slow start for maryann moss'
sketchbookery class

no color yet...

these are contour drawings -
some done without looking
at the subject itself -
'blind contour'.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

many drawings and the tools that made them

drawings of my rocks
more abstract still,
the linear quality of the first six below
the result of these dried grass stems
ive been harvesting.

like thin (but very fragile) bamboo, each lasts
for no more than a drawing or two
and toward the end they shred.
even that
is a revelation on the page.

then there are the ones using my fave drawing tool - the general's sketch and wash pencil. draws like a soft, dark graphite but responds to water like a dream... these, too, get used up quickly. sometimes i use them with ink and ink wash.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


straight from damp and chilly/warm and humid battery park city

and a rocks-ish abstraction

drawing outside

my first saturday back at battery park city,
happy among the rocks.
first in sketch and wash pencil - perhaps my favorite medium
and then in pen/brush/ink.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

drawing outside

at battery park city on wednesdays and saturdays i've been playing with line and wash - pencil, ink, hard, soft, wishy washy, strong. the usual suspects: rocks, shadows, leaves, shadows.

i dont know quite what to make of that anomalous one, the black and white sort of yin/yang shapes. it started linear then washy and i didn't like where it went so i went somewhere else.

the very last drawing is charcoal and was made at bryant park at a new, free, outdoor art venue called artcart.

the offerings are varied - hemp paper pads, colored pencils, charcoal, glue, buttons, zippers (?) old vinyl 78s (!!)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

so this is what it takes...

to get me to the blog these days it has to be special.
you know, like my mom turning 100. pretty special.
so this post is to tell you to get yourself on over to
maryann moss' latest online celebration sketchbookery
which, if her previous workshops are any indication, will be
entertaining, inspiring, hilarious, joyful, colorful, brilliant, witty
...much like maryann herself. no she didnt write this, silly.

click on the link and check out the video to get a taste of what's to come.
see you there!

Monday, May 26, 2014

today my mom is 100

 have a look here here at a book of her poems and drawings i posted here a couple of years ago.

Monday, May 19, 2014

it's always something

i had the best morning of uptown gallery hopping last tuesday - Soulages, Rauschenberg, Basquiat, Calder gouaches, Rothko watercolors and a fascinating a show of Basquiat, Twombly and Schiele works on paper.  I was on my way home but I had Phillips and Christies on my list - their contemporary auctions were last week. and I was so close ...


went into the wrong entrance of Phillips - a small gallery/room at the back of a courtyard - but there were some interesting pieces for an upcoming Latin American auction so I enjoyed those, backed up and walked SMACK into a glass wall I thought was the open door. whew. new meaning to the phrase on the nose. blood. scary much blood.
staff members were helpful with ice pack and water. the starbucks napkins that seem to reproduce of their own volition in my bag helped with the so much blood. my doctor's office suggested i go to a walk-in urgent care facility and from there i ended up at a radiology office for an X-ray. one of the women from Phillips was an angel accompanying me on the odyssey. results the next day: a fracture of some sort, some sort of displacement...couldn't quite translate the doctor's report. 

two days later the otolaryngologist said i will need some surgery once the swelling goes down so i see him in six weeks. as roseanne roseannadanna would say, it's always something. 


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