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On the Wing March 17 Details from a few recent doodles: The addition of birds is my bulwark against the indeterminancy of... Because September 16 Sorry, I'm just in a pessimistic mood. About everything? No: just about the good old Homeland™. Where are... miscellaneous sketchbookery June 6 Mixed-media scribbles from the night-time sketchbook. In thedaylight I draw water and ducks and such or do... Observations 2015 February 15 Above are a couple of recent landscape drawings. Last year, I made several hundred of these types of studies. Most... City Gardens December 29 The motto of the city of Chicago where I grew up is "Urbs in horto" (Latin for "city in a... Crystal Cities October 8 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... Progress Report May 21 In 2010, I steered my little art boat in the direction of children's book illustration. Enough personal work had... odds & ends April 3 Recent personal work here (paintings: January to March 2015). All done in in black books early in the morning before... Sketchbook: Dec. 2014 December 24 This is semi chronological for December 2014: I ping-pong back and forth between imaginary painted things, landscape... Before I go to work July 7 There were lots of animals hanging around the South Natick Dam in the last week or two. As the water level goes down... Another Orphan June 3 Orphans! My sketchbooks are full of orphans: pictures in search of stories and stories searching for endings. But... Bird Brain May 16 I draw birds a lot. Most of them are of the imaginary variety. Some of these doodles and personal works have... October October 31 Hello Drawgerville. I am still fogging the mirror! I'm the little guy on the right and I'm about to leap... Character Study July 24 Draw first, ask questions later. That's my operative principle these days. Or one of the major ones. I'm... War Games June 19 My older sister drew horses, the Beatles and, later, the dreamy lads in the Moody Blues. I looked up to my sister. I... Intimate Landscapes May 28 Most days of the week, I try to get in an hour or so of drawing the landscapes near my home. Often, I end up at a... The Merry Muddle April 10 I read an interview with Ryan O'Rourke yesterday. He's a children's book illustrator — among other... Deluded Doodles February 10 This is one of my favorite objects in the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). It's a fancy Yoruba diviner's bowl... Red & Black January 18 Here are a couple of birds hanging out shooting the breeze: I made this doodle early last year. It was part of a... Happy New Year January 1 Scratching the Itch December 3 I usually fill a black hardback sketchbook every month or two. Here are some snapshots from work in the latest one.... The Dam November 3 It's with some trepidation that I publish this blog post about the river near my house while thousands: friends,... The Short Form August 24 The Short Form: brush on some paint draw characters with ballpoint pen add... Bird Brain August 11 I'm drawing birds a lot this summer (no real surprise there). Most of it is for my own enjoyment but it goes... Summer Sketchbook July 17 I was in Iceland a few weeks ago for a family reunion (my wife is part Icelandic) and I sketched as much as I could.... The Red Castle June 27 I've found posterus.com to be an easy platform to post brief pictorials of my sketchbook work. This diversion is... Memorial Day May 28 Weeds May 18 I've been thinking about weeds a lot this Spring. All winter as a matter of fact. Back in September, I dug up... Birdman April 16 Errata March 24 If you're in Paris in April, besides whatever else that idea conjures up, plan to stop in at Galerie Petits... Here & There February 11 Hi! Good stuff, items here from my sketchbooks from January. All somewhere between "here" and... Happy Holidays December 25 Bird Brain October 11 I love looking at all kinds of art. And when I look at Art, I often draw it too. I'm like a vampire wanting some... The Blessed Event August 20 An old acquaintance contacted me out of the blue the other day. It was a short and sweet yet somewhat cryptic... Lighthouses July 21 Near Newport, Rhode Island there's a state park with a small museum in the lighthouse. And inside this... The Life & Death of a Pencil Tip May 27 News Flash: pencil lead breaks! I save these little things. I have collections of pencil stubs, scraps of paper... The Waiting Room April 10 Waiting for the phone to ring? Don't be sad, there's always: Studio work: check Doodle work:... Drawing Nature March 14 I've always thought that the only difference between illustration and what we call fine art is where the text... December Errata December 16 First: A recent passle of illustrations done for The Christian Science Monitor for their 2010 end of the year Gift... Payday December 6 destination: UNKNOWN November 20 Open publication If you really like this sort of thing a printed version is available here. Sleeping Beauty: A Rake's Progress November 5 To be continued… probably. Sleeping Beauty October 29 The End (or not) Drawing in the 'hood September 8 Somehow, it clicked this summer and I started drawing stuff around where I live. I've lived in South Natick... Red Sox 3 - Tampa Bay 1 August 28 Tired of bad analog television service in the new Digital Wonderland™ (we were warned by Harry Shearer), we... eleven hours August 11 The Massachusetts Turnpike, finally achieved 20 minutes into an eleven hour drive to Cleveland: "Oh no. I... Cabinet of Curiosities June 28 Tucked into a corner of a European Decorative Arts gallery at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is a curious... A fishing expedition June 17 Most of my pictures are fishing expeditions.  The good ones that is. However, when an illustration job becomes... A day in the life... June 2 The roads are really full in Pointyville. Most everyone drives  a souped-up something or other. Even the... Pointy People: cars May 25 Things with wheels: better than the domestication of fire, wheat and beer!  What better way to get around in... Pointy People May 18 Pointy People Portfolio by Rob Dunlavey     sketchbook spreads May 4 Had enough? Thanks for hanging in here for my indulgence. What's going to (not what should) happen to this... How are you? March 29 'sup? March 3 Pointy People February 22 A few new doodles. I often do them when I'm attending church. I call them Pointy People. Pretty cute eh?... 2009 - 2010 January 4 Petites FĂȘtes December 29 A mild case of schizophrenia September 22 Exploring July 9 Is exploration over-rated? Our muses and mothers tell us to stop and smell the roses, doodle and dabble. Explore.... Book By Its Cover May 3 "Book By Its Cover" is an excellent book arts (what's that!?!) blog written by New York based... Dunlavey/Bakal Sketchbook 2007-2009 April 27 2007? Was it 2007 when Scott Bakal and I first talked about sharing a sketchbook? Seems like it wasn't that long... 100 Crystal Cities April 10 This morning I posted my one hundredth Crystal City painting and I see no end in sight. I hope you don't get... March Madness April 4 March was an interesting month in Sketchbook Land. I've posted the more worthwhile efforts over at flickr. Doodles... Joy Ride March 30 The other morning my chair was occupied by the night watchman so I had to set up operation on the floor. No problem. It... Crystal Cities Portfolio March 13 Here's a portfolio (give it a minute to load) of thirty images selected from a current series: "Crystal... THINK small March 9 Over the past few weeks my studio has become infested with these small & insane bits of paper; each one with... Night Studio February 28 I'm usually up and in my studio well before the sun makes its way to this side of the Atlantic Ocean. This gives me one... Under the influence February 10 I told a friend this morning that I had stumbled into a "delirious detour" from the work represented in my... January February 5 In Sketchbookland: January's haul was good. I started doing these decorative architectural doodles and the torrent show... New Bike January 9 Like that bicycle, new art materials and their peculiar idiosyncracies fuel my creative process and usually keep me on... Catch of the Day July 28 Some recent scans from Sketchbook Land! Recent Paintings July 11 Here's a new gallery of recent paintings done since January 2008. They're on plywood panels or canvas and are generally... Independence Day... July 2 This recent series of sketchbook pages suggested an oblique (at best) and moderately sarcastic rumination on... Creativity is... June 24 A thoughtful thought for the month of June from a new gallery of sketchbook effluvia:"An artist could say that:...