Thursday, November 5, 2015

NY state of mind

A brief trip to NY solely for the purpose of sketching with my London friend. We had a busy weekend of walking, sketching and refreshments. The Ace Hotel put us up in hipster style and we could walk or subway to every location on out list. Of course, our list turned out to be more ambitious than we could possibly cover. But trying was fun. Pictured here: taxis in front of the hotel, Madame X and Dr. Pozzi by J. Singer Sargent at the Met., and yet more taxis. Yes the Guggenheim is a wonky sort of building, my rendering adds to the effect.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Back from Honduras

 Found this piece of wood on the beach and used it to document our trip to Honduras.
 A lot of people in our group means a l-o-t of luggage.
A few years ago when I was last in Honduras I had some fantastic sopa de pescado (fish soup) and have been searching for the same flavor ever since. At last one of the first restaurant stops was at the original location of the soup I was seeking. Almost as good at the original visit. Lots of bones in a whole fish.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Southern Makers are southern awesome

Southern Makers in Montgomery Alabama - May 2-3, 2015.

Live music stage with seating made of hay bales. You end up straw britches after sittin' a spell.
Food demo and tastings: honey, moon shine, craft beer, pickles, pimento cheese, etc. Makers of: brooms, clothes, letterpress art, painters, re-purposed stuff like speakers made from suitcases, boats, jewelry, furniture and more. Road trip was worth every mile traveling with my D.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Camp bike repair

This weekend we took S out for a short Spring Break camping trip. With 4 bikes strapped to the back of the truck along with all our gear we headed out early-ish on Sunday morning headed up to Tyler State Park. That site was chosen for its hiking/biking trails and the fact that it had a spot open. S had fun ripping up and down the hilly trails and both of his bikes were in need of repair by the end of it all. Hardly anyone in the park and once the clouds cleared a pretty nice day. I caught this sketch from my hammock, hanging in the shade, while the guys did a little bike repair.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

More S!ngapore!

Just a quick post on my return from Singapore. Tagged along with D on a trip to Singapore. My first trip to an Asian country. Sweet people, tasty food and colorful sights. Lunar Chinese New Year was going on during our stay, celebrated by lots a big family gatherings. And just like home, lots of traditional family holiday favorites. Here is a sketch done at the Sri Mariammam Temple. A nice teen girl, dresses in jewel-toned silk dress, from India came and visited with me. She wrote the name of this goddess on my sketch in English and Hindi. I stayed a few hours at the temple there was a lot to see and far to much to draw.

S!ingapore sketches

I started a fresh new sketchbook (Stillman & Birm Beta) on a trip to Singapore a couple of weeks ago. I am happy to say that it was almost completely full when I returned. I made a connection with Urban Sketchers in Singapore thru their Facebook page and spent a day with them sketching in the Arab St. area. Chris shared her lunch of bringal and treated me to the local ginger tea. The perfect way to go out sketching with locals off the tourist track. Here are just a few from my book - movie time on the looonggg flight, lunch, and a view from a very modern library located above a mall on Orchard Street. The library was a great quiet place to sketch the view out the window.
My busy work schedule keeps me from posting more frequently. I will try to get more active with posts.