Passengers on the Fall Trek. Above, a very nice gentleman gets his first look at the Rockies.
Amtrak, Metra, CTA, Megabus, Trailways, Uber….as long as my hands aren’t glued to a steering wheel, I’ll make my way around the country and fill my sketchbooks. Fountain pens, juiced up with Platinum Carbon, Pitt Artist Pens, grease pencils, aka the white China markers, ballpoint, the rare color pencil, gel pens, whatever, in ledger books, watercolor pads, Stillman & Birn, Strathmore, Clairefontaine, Tomoe River Paper and then some. Drawing from life, from nudes, landscapes, urban environments, transit passengers, dead animals, cemeteries, laundromats, drawing out of my head and out of my mind….just answering the calling and feeding the obsession.
Still obsessing about the Nebraska State Capitol and richly decorated interior with architectural and decorative references to Byzantine forms, Attic figures, and the Persepolis double bull capitals. Pitt Artist Brush Pens in Stratmore toned sketchbook.
The slice of German Chocolate Cake at Back Alley Bakery in Hastings, Nebraska. Looked like some downtown developments aimed at creating a hubbub to the town of 25,000, Hastings College, and birthplace of Kool Aid. Additional excitement was a brand new art department building that professor and former chair of the department, Turner McGehee, played a role in creating an beautiful and inspiring facility.
Dropped into Madison to visit Madison College, The University of Wisconsin, and Edgewood College, and received the offer from Barry Carlsen to do a print. Worked on a two color lithograph over the weekend. Above is the proof. It’ll be editionedÂ later this fall. Worked from a sketch (below) done about 8 years prior.
Master printer Barry Carlsen above. Sketch of the studio done with Pitt Artist Brush Pens in Strathmore toned sketchbook.
The relocated Megabus stop. Five blocks from Union station. Five blocks from restrooms. Five blocks from shelter. Five blocks from food. Five blocks from where it out to be. This is gonna feel really isolated at night and in the winter. Our mayor and his planning commissioner are clueless or they’re engaging in pay to play.
So we’ve had the first debate and still this Buffoon has his apologist.
A drawing from the bus ride to Madison from Chicago where I had to replace a travel suitcase that had lost a wheel way back in Fargo. While the rooster tail of sparks was cool and made me feel like a low rider, it just became a matter of public safety that the old bag had to go.