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Cement blocks

They’re doing construction in my neighborhood. There are piles of Belgian blocks for the curbs, wood and other building materials. The pattern of these stacked concrete blocks appealed to me so I did a drawing. I must admit I’m rather pleased with it. 

This is the photo. I did the drawing at work and didn’t have the right colored pencils to catch the color nuance but I think I caught the pattern. Have a great weekend!

Grey Sweatshirt

I take screen shots of photos I like. This one is from Instagram @declanmcarty. It attracted me for the good composition and the way the water swirled around his ankles. 

His photo. I liked his comment “Pay attention to detail”. Very astute. I did change the somewhat muddy water to blue: poetic license. 

July landscape

Some mountains and the landscape below. Holding the fort while Kerfe is offline and I miss her poetry. Maybe I’ll try meeting with the oracle for Magnetic Poetry Saturday. It’s another beautiful day in paradise aka New Jersey. Have an A-1 day. 

Young Beethoven

I came across a picture of Beethoven at age 13. It’s the earliest known image of him and I attempted to paint him.  The music behind him is his piano sonata Op.14, No.2, which I studied and enjoy playing. 

Beethoven was born in 1770 in Bonn-on-Rhine. His musical education began at age four, taught by his father. At eight he played the violin well; at eleven he played Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. His career is well known. There’s a great app available of his magnificent Ninth Symphony, with four versions of it each with a different conductor. You can scroll and see the different instrument parts playing. It’s very cool. 20,000 people attended his funeral and I would have been one of them. I’m a fan!

Cliff Town

A view of the village of Roussillon, France. This is a lovely place known for its cliffs of ochre in varying shades. 

A little house typical of the region–a tchotchke we picked up while visiting this area of Provence, France. 

Colorful bird/7/8/17

A bird using all colors in the watercolor paintbox. Happy Draw a Bird day!

Rorschach painting

Another one done by folding the paper and getting a reverse image. Have a great weekend and 4th of July!


Sorry I’ve been missing. We took a few days off and went to see my cousins in Florida. 

We hit the Ringling Museum of Art and the Big Top Circus Museum. The art was mostly the old masters stuff. They need to work on their contemporary collection. 

The grounds consisted of 66 gorgeous acres where John Ringling lived. The Circus Museum was separate and really interesting. The main display was a huge 3800 square foot model of the 1919-1938 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus by Howard C. Tibbals. This thing really blew my mind. I took a picture from above but you can’t really tell the scope of this. 

I didn’t do any drawing. Sorry, Kerfe. It was really hot down here which is no excuse. 

My cousin’s lovely and very pregnant wife wearing the Star Wars necklace I made her for the baby shower. All in all a very nice weekend!

Two Panels (for Jane)

My sister would have been 64 today. She always said when she retired she would be my agent. I wonder what she would think of the large pile of paintings I’ve done since she died. (Jane died in 2013. Kerfe suggested doing a blog as a way for us to share art with each other in 2014 so my sister never saw it). 

This is another blot, then cut in half. These are an enjoyable way to knock off an abstract. 

Saturday drawing

This one reminds me quite a bit of It was just two shapes connecting with each other. 

In the first version I wrote some quasi poetic lines right on the picture. I didn’t like it and painted it out with black ink. 

I’m making a Star Wars neck piece for my cousin’s baby shower. Can you tell how cheesy it is?