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Observations 2015
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02-07-16 ink
02-07-16 ink, chalk
02-10-16 charcoal
02-15-16 charcoal, watercolor
Above are a couple of recent landscape drawings. Last year, I made several hundred of these types of studies. Most of the drawings are of a small area of the Charles River near my home. The philosopher says "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
 
am addicted to drawing this place.
 
I just self-published a small book of the 2015 drawings. This book is A5 format, full color, runs 358 pages and costs $22.00. Check it out here. There may be a few bad drawings in this book but the point is more my cumulative presence and a sense of Time in a specific Place. Sometimes it feels like civil disobedience to stop in the rushing flow of this anxious age.
City Gardens
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The motto of the city of Chicago where I grew up is "Urbs in horto" (Latin for "city in a garden"). I suppose many cities would claim this as a goal or even an accomplished fact of life. I've always liked the architectural mosaic that define cities. And when it comes to making pictures, I like to contrast the geometric forms of buildings with natural forms. It creates one of the most critical and important dialogues of all time: the relationship between Nature and Culture. Either one becomes the backdrop for our stories and the myths we tell ourselves about our importance as a species. It's all rather fragile.
In the last month, I've been doing more of these city views with mobs of little people milling about. Enjoy. And have a safe and happy New Year.
11/12/15: it's always Summer inside this house.
11/20/15: a doodle started on the bus ride from New York
12/03/15: Oh look, here come the military recruiters. Who cares!
12/19/15:St. Francis statue.
12/27/15a: Tell us the story about when the tigers came to visit!
12/27/15b: Seed bank
owl book progress
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Quick snaps from a work in progress for Schwartz & Wade. The text is by Laura Godwin. The project is caoably and lovingly designed & art directed by Rachael Cole and Lee Wade. Support by Elena & Holly at Pippin Properties. Go Rob!
Crystal Cities
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Making art is so much fun. I do these castle & city doodles while I watch the Red Sox. I do them in the car (not when I'm driving) and during meetings. I draw early and late and whenever I'm not sure what I probably should be drawing (procrastinating). It's just a great little workout. Anything goes. And I find a way to keep it interesting with different techniques, paper and media. I archive them in a flickr gallery which contains over 500 images. Some begin life as real dogs so I paint over them and do something else till they make a case for themselves.
That's it. Steady on.
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