On the platform

Hadn’t made it to the old Palette & Chisel much this year so dropped in for proof that I should be working from the nude figure more regularly. Turned out some clunkers especially on the quick stuff. The model who I’ve drawn many times before was her usual steady subject but my focus was dulled by a self-consciousness.

5/1/15 a 5/1/15 b 5/1/15 c

The above are 10-25 minute poses, Pitt Pens and some white grease pencil on Strathmore tan toned paper.

 

 

 

 

May Day

  • May 2nd, 2015
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Dome of Co capital

Went to Denver for work and nosed about the city for a few days. Standing a block away from  the capitol building with it’s refurbished gold dome, I grabbed a morning sketch before heading off to Meininger’s to put in several hours demonstrating at a terrific art store. Started by current owner Henry Meininger’s grandfather, the strore’s customers included Frederick Remington and Charles Russell. As I drew the golden dome that morning from my vantage spot by a bus stop on Broadway, I got to witness the comings and goings of a few of Denver’s street dealer’s in an open air exchange of the recently legalized herb.

Airport cabbie Capitol view

Got lazy and grabbed a cab ride with fellow artist, raconteur and long time amigo Franz Spohn from Denver International airport and rode into town with a clear panoramic view of the Rockies out the cabbies’ windshield. A couple nights later, went to an evening event at the Denver Museum of Art and took an hour to sit by a large window and cop a sketch of the capitol dome stretching above a wing of the museum.

 

 

 

Dove into Denver

  • April 27th, 2015
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Calvary Easter Sunday

Sunday afternoon in Calgary Cemetery, looking east towards the lake.

Detail

Easter Sunday

  • April 5th, 2015
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Pan 1 Pan 2 Pan 3

Sorry for the low res but I thought this was a quick way to compare the panoramic views I try to get using a wide format Moleskine watercolor sketchbook with a relatively negligible gutter.

 

Panoramaniacal

  • March 19th, 2015
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Cly Sta over Ashland

Shot down to Wicker Park where I met up with a dozen Urban Sketchers to draw in the Den Theater building. One of the USkChi crowd is an architect who is working on renovating the building which has at least 4 theaters and 2 bars and has been gaining notice as a playhouse putting up plays of note.

I rode the Metra in from Evanston and got off at the Clyborne station which sits on the edge of the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods. I like not only the convenience of this station’s location, but the physical bearing of the massive concrete and steel raised platform. The following 2 drawings were drawn from previous visits and displayed in prior posts.

View frm Cly Sta Cly Sta south

Clyborne Station is the first stop north on the Kenosha/Waukegan Line and a mere 18 minute ride to the Davis stop in downtown Evanston. The station straddles Ashland Avenue and both Cortland and Armitage avenues and running beside the Kennedy Expressway.

Den Theater

Chose to park awhile in the dimly lite main theater at Den where the stage was dramatically lit while the rest of the room was dark, punctuated with a shaft and sliver of ambient light. After an hour of drawing, someone came in and turned on a slew of lights so I threw in the towel. Following the event, I grabbed some fried chicken from Harold’s and had lunch in Wicker Park where I sketched the woman below. Back up on the Clyborn platform I waited by the pedestrian shelter for the train headed north.

WP biker Cly Sta north

WP gear

Above are my roll up pen wrap and the gear I took out for the day. From the top to the bottom, various Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens, a black, white, 2 shades of warm grey, and a cool grey, 2 Pitt Pens, a brush nib and a 1.5 nib, aSailor brush nib fountain pen, a Pelikan M205 with a medium nib, a Faber-Castell Basic with a leather grip, and a Faber-Castell Ambition. The fountain pens were filled with Platinum Carbon ink.

Sunday in Wicker Park

  • March 16th, 2015
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