Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Floral Color Rendering

From the day of 6-29.

Finished the piece from yesterday at 24th and Folsom. A beautiful day to be drawing, warm and pleasant in the shade from the trees lining Folsom street.

Floral Assembly

Work from the day of 6-28. Near the intersection of Folsom and 24th, to the side of Philz Coffee. Set to continue 'growing the flower' tomorrow. At one point while working on the drawing today, a large group of high school kids, I believe speaking french, stopped and stared at us.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Solar Contrast Definition

Continuing work from 6-23.
A day of drawing, working on a block where road resurfacing and contstruction was going on.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Solar Contrast and Flowing Arabesque

From the days 6-21 and 6-22, drawn on 25th between S. Van Ness and Capp Street in the Mission district.
A fun couple of days of drawing; much appreciation and support from local passersby.
A fairly warm, if a bit breezy, day. Found spots with decent surface texture and under trees. My first foray into drawing in this immediate area.
At one point police showed up because it had been called in that we were spraypainting. They stayed for a few minutes and talked to Estella and I, then left.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stars and Word Geometry

Yesterday, 6-14, it was a project of creating geometric stars in different places. Each had a poetry quote running around the outside of it. The first was at the muni stop at the NW corner of Dolores park, at 18th and Church. A seven pointed base and two concentric circles. The quote: "When geometric diagrams and digits are no longer the keys to living things.."

The second was at the pet store location at Market and Dolores. A six pointed base and three concentric circles. More of an inverted star. The quote: "You are the messenger who opens mysteries that unfold forever, but avoids words "

Both are attributed to Novalis, 1800.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lotus Flames Demimonde

Finished on the day 6-10.

Finished it off hanging out with a couple friends. Another challenging day of weather. Overall I was happy with it, but a bit exhausted. I could spend more time sharpening the details and adjusting colors, but felt I'd done enough.

Scored more free books. Better than the last round!

"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales"

Ray Bradbury "The October Country"

Samuel Delaney "Heavenly Breakfast"

Marshall McLuhan "Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man"

"Portrait of an Artist, a Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lotus Flames

From 6-8-10...

Upon starting a new piece today on Market Street, the intense wind made a blustery presence. What is an otherwise excellent drawing spot at Market and 15th often has days when a strong wind flows straight over the hill. Today was exceptionally windy even for this spot. It was tricky arranging everything so that nothing blew away, and trying to do a precise rendering was something of a battle. Nevertheless, I managed to complete the outline and am looking forward to finishing it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Portrait and Compass


As part of a yearly celebration, Berkeley hosts an event centered on chocolate and sidewalk chalk drawings.(Chalk and Chocolate Festival) It is a small contest and anyone can enter. The spaces around Shattuck Avenue become the site of the artworks.
An excellent day of summer weather. Took Bart to downtown Berkeley and drew a nice mural with Estella. Several hours produced a decent rendering of a woman's face with bluish purple hair, an ornate frame and a geometric star.
It was a lovely day to be walking around taking photos. The vines growing around a community garden, a large building being demolished, and a painted payphone all made interesting images.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Harmonic Fluidity

Color additions from the work of 5-31