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You should be so lucky. (From my sketchbook)

Gimmie that old time religion,
Gimmie that old time religion,
Gimmie that old time religion,
It's good enough for me.

Let us worship Aphrodite,
Even though she's kinda flighty,
And she doesn't wear a nightie,
But that's good enough for me.


 
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I saw this. You can see it bigger here.


 
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Nude 3

Nude #3 - July 31, 2012

Here's another nude from a night of drawing at the Dupree Studios. You can see it larger here. This one took 40 minutes.

Alas, that's the last one for the summer. A summer that was too short and too hot.


 
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Nude #2-06.27.12

Nude #2 - June 27, 2012

Every summer for the past several years, I draw from the figure, one night a week, at the Dupree Studios. I started again this year, a couple of weeks ago.

The first batch weren't so great. I haven't done it in almost a year. This week turned out much better. You can see the last two drawings here: #1 & # 2. Each took 20 minutes and were drawn at the end of the session. Aside from the model's legs being a little too short in drawing #1, I thought these turned out not too badly. More in a few weeks perhaps.

 Nude #1

Nude #1 - June 27, 2012


 
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Here's the third, and final, drawing from the Janes Island State Park trip. Three is pretty good considering we were only really there one full day! My sister even got an illustrated postcard drawn the same day. Our trip was cut short by a projected three days of rain courtesy of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Kyle which reached the southern end of Maryland early in the morning last Thursday.

This drawing was drawn right after the tree nocturne presented last time. It was midnight. I had gone down to the fishing dock near our cabin to look out on the island at night. It was an incredibly dark, cloudy, starless, moonless night. It was hard to see anything even when your eyes adjusted to the dark. There was a bit of light on the water that came from a light about 200 yards away on my right. The wind was blowing at me from across the canal and I liked the way it made the water ripple.

I wanted to try and draw it. I went and got my sketchbook and flashlight. Since all of this was silhouette I didn't have to draw much, just get the shape. I couldn't see what I was drawing in the dark so I got an impression in my eye then turned on the flashlight and drew it in the book in pencil.  Then had to wait for my eyes to adjust to the dark to get more down. I then went back in the cabin and rendered the pencils with the brush pen.

The first version of the drawing didn't turn out so well so I went back out and did it again. This is the second drawing. It isn't quite the way I wanted but it was as close as I was going to get that night.

It only took a half hour or so. Through the magic of Photoshop I put some flat color behind the drawing to capture the mood of the scene as I remember it. The original is 11" x 14." You can see the drawing bigger here.


 
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janes_island-2

Here's another drawing from the Janes Island State Park trip. There weren't all that many of them considering we were only gone two days! Our trip was cut short by a projected three days of rain courtesy of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Kyle which reached the southern end of Maryland early on Thursday morning. We had intended to spend some time at Assateague Island National Seashore and Ocean City, Maryland before heading home but it was not to be.

This drawing was done between 11:00 PM and Midnight on Wednesday. I had gone outside to the screened in porch for a breath of fresh air when I noticed the trees between the cabin and the canal were being illuminated in an eerie way by the blue-white halogen light from the cabin next door. It was a drag to draw so late at night but I was going to kick myself if I didn't get it right then and there. I had let other similar sights go undrawn in the past and regretted it. I got my drawing stuff and a flashlight and went back out on the porch, sat on top of the picnic table and drew.  I'm positioned only about five feet away from where I was sitting for the first drawings. These trees are slightly to the left of those trees.

I'm really glad I did it. It only took a half hour or so. I drew with the usual suspects of fountain pen, brush pen and color pencil. Through the magic of Photoshop I put some flat color behind the drawing to capture the mood of the scene as I remember it. You can see the drawing bigger here and the unPhotoshopped version here. The original is 11" x 14." I may post yet one more nocturnal drawing from the trip.


 
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janes_island-1

Well, my wife and I just got back from staying a few days at Janes Island State Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The island is a marshy wetland just off the mainland with a labyrinth of small canals. It's mostly tall grass but does have a few clusters of trees on the larger land masses. It's popular with people who like to fish and crab.We stayed in a cabin and enjoyed a few quiet days in the woods on the bay. The park was almost empty aside from maybe a dozen people. Unfortunately, we couldn't kayak because of the small craft advisory from high winds so we biked around the local town of Crisfield for three hours.

Chrisfield is a sleepy town that time forgot. The town's main business is crabbing and times haven't been good there for fifty years. It's trying to be a boating/vacation spot with all it's new, mostly empty, condos but it ain't happenin'. I passed block after block of unsold homes. Old buildings that have been there since the town's founding still stand, largely untouched. The town is mostly populated by the poor and elderly and is small enough so the local drug corner is located across the street from the police station. We sampled some of the local delicacies such as crabs (natch') and the multi-layered Smith Island cake. I also enjoyed having scrapple almost as far south as this regional food goes.

I love this place! I like to go to places where other people aren't. Things are usually dead after labor Day and are more dead here than most places.

Here's a drawing I did there from the back of the cabin we were staying in. I needed to get up higher than the ground to get the canal in the picture so I put a beach chair on the roof of my ancient Corolla, sat there and drew for three hours. I started around four in the afternoon so by seven I was just about out of light. I was facing west, looking at Janes Island. I was treated to a spectacular pink hued sunset over the marshy island.

I drew with the usual suspects of fountain pen, brush pen and color pencil. The original is 11" x 14."  Drawing fatigue stared as I entered the third hour. I couldn't believe how many damn pine needles I still had to draw. This was drawn on Wednesday afternoon.  Click here to see it bigger.

I'll post at least one more drawing from the trip.


 
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What you see before you is not some fairyland or storybook paradise but the view from my roof of nearby backyards. We are looking approximately North by Northeast. If you scroll back to the drawing of Thursday, June 5, you may picture me on the upper left side of the drawing with my back against the dormer, scribbling away. I dare say that nobody walked by and asked me what I was drawing or why I was drawing it. No one yelled out the window "what the hell are you doing on the roof?!?" either. This drawing was done with the usual suspects.

Ahhh. It's good to be back!

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Manayunk Avenue & Roxborough Avenue

This is the view from Manayunk Avenue, just off the intersection of Roxborough Avenue. It's two blocks from my home. This is a line of store fronts with apartments above them. I like the fact that these stores are imbedded in a neighborhood within walking distance and not in a strip mall on the main drag. The businesses are a hairdresser, an upholsterer and dry cleaner. These buildings have some hard miles on them yet they still have a lot of their original architectural details. Frankly, I was starting to get fatigued drawing all the #$@%& details. While I was drawing this, a woman who lives in a house to the left of where I was sitting, wanted to see my drawing. I showed her. I got the sense that she was wondering why on Earth I would want to draw this line of buildings. Why indeed. 'Cause it's REAL, man! This drawing was done with the usual suspects.

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The Back of My House

This is the back of my house as seen from the back of my back yard. (back! BACK! BACK!) It was drawn on yet another rainy type day. I added the tone on a sunny day. The house is a typical Roxborough twin built in 1903. The third floor houses my studio. It can be detached and jettisoned in case of emergency. This drawing was done with a fountain pen, brush pen, china marker (to give the roof a little texture) and a color pencil.

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View from my backyard

This is the westward view from the stoop of my back door. It was drawn on a rainy day when I couldn't go outside to draw. I added the tone on a sunny day. I left out quite a bit of the crap in the other yards. Ahhh, simplicity. This drawing was done with a fountain pen, brush pen and a color pencil. I do rough these drawings out in pencil first.

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Fleming Street & Lyceum Avenue

This is the view from the corner of Fleming & Lyceum. This section of Lyceum Avenue is part of the so-called "Manayunk Wall," a very steep section of road that is part of a bike race route. This style of home is very comon in Roxborough and it's the type of house I live in. This drawing was done with a fountain pen, brush pen and a color pencil. It took way too looooong to draw. There is just a crazy amount of detail.

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View of the canal just off Main Street

This is the view from canal in Manayunk, looking north. Manayunk & Roxborough are on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The old canal parallels the river. We're looking at the backs of buildings on Main Street. I drew this while sitting on the long dormant train tracks on the other side of the canal, This drawing was done with a fountain pen, brush pen and a color pencil. It took over two hours to draw. (Yikes!)

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Roxborough Avenue & Tower Street

This is the view from the corner of Roxborough Avenue & Tower Street in Manayunk, looking south, down Roxborough Avenue.  The road slopes downward to Pretzel Park. This drawing is almost the reverse of Tuesday's drawing.

I always liked the look of the house on the corner. As I was drawing, a woman walked by and told me about the woman who used to live there. Apparently she was a "son of a gun" but she died "in her own bed." This drawing was done with a fountain pen, brush pen and a china marker. I skipped the slate blue color pencil this time and used a china marker, which is like a crayon, instead. I'm not as happy with the results. It took an hour and a half to draw.

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