Thursday, June 25, 2009

view of main street from "the garage" restaurant

This view had more vegetation than I usually like to deal with, which means I had to deal with it. Them's the rules. It was also different to do an urban sketch where the buildings were the third-most-important portion of the composition. I'm very lucky neither car moved for the duration of the sketch. I still wish I could've included some of the table where we were sitting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

San Antonio Travelogue

I already posted these at Urban Sketchers, but I thought it would be nice to have a post with all the sketches from my trip home to San Antonio over here, too (at least the ones good enough to share).

bozeman airport at 5:45 am


bill on the sofa, san antonio

mike and dave at karaoke

historic house at hemisfair park

arneson river theater

at the bar following the rehearsal dinner

hastings bookstore cafe area

Of the chain bookstores in Bozeman, Hasting's might be the seediest. I don't know exactly why, but this place is a little on the trashy side. I don't want to sound like some sort of elitist snob (thought I almost certainly am), but between the semi-interested employees, the general disorganization and clutter, the inclusion of "creation science" books in the natural history section and the omnipresence of video game/nascar/hot rod/metal/"Left Behind" books and otherwise conservative cultural indicators the place just bugs me. That and they call the fiction section "Novels".

Not that I'm particularly fond of the other chain stores, but they at least pay lip service to the idea of literacy and are kept a bit cleaner.

Yet Hasting's is the only one that stays open 'til 11, so it's a decent place to draw.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

break room at my new job

Fittingly, this was drawn while on break at work. This room has no windows. Why am I the only one that seems to mind?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

drawing in rockford coffee again

The fun thing about doing a drawing that includes my entire field of view is that looking at the drawing sometimes helps me understand the space far better than physically being there and trying to see it all as I sit. Seeing so much space condensed to within the confines of a small Moleskine has really simplified and organized my visible world. Strange as it sounds, it's even changing the way I drive, or at least the way I think about the space I drive in. I always loved the way the shapes of the lines on the road transformed as I drove by them-- that phenomenon is the same type of distortion that happens to objects on the periphery of my field-of-view drawings.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Another show in Butte

The more time I spend in Butte, the more time I want to spend in Butte. The city is full of beautiful old brick buildings, the landscape is spectacular, and the art scene, while small, isn't too self-conscious. I've been showing work in Butte lately with the help of Ray Campeau, and had the opportunity to have another opening there at Studio 41 gallery last week.

show at studio 41, butte, montana

show at studio 41, butte, montana

show at studio 41, butte, montana

While Linda and I sat in the gallery I had the opportunity to draw the space as well.
studio 41 in Butte

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

camper on 10th ave


camper on 10th ave, originally uploaded by paul is just dandy.

I used to want one of these for my little pickup truck. Now it just looks like a headache. I'd rather camp under the stars (or a tent).