This story behind this is really sweet. My friend Evvan commissioned this quick illustration as a Christmas present for his Dad. The illustration is of an important scene in a book his Dad just finished writing. This is my ‘pen and spit’ style. I [...]
This is an oldie, from back when I was at RISD. My junior year i was given a studio, with no instruction or direction… and that was it. I didn’t know what to paint, and after casting around for awhile , I set up [...]
This is from another of my delicious sketchbook vacations. Drawing is a love affair for me, so when I draw, I’m in love. I think this was the best vacation of my life. I took the ferry over from Italy, rented a sccoter and [...]
Another moment from Venice… Early morning, when everyone was off to work. Such a wonderful contradiction, people rushing around on their way to work; business as usual... in a magical, improbably fairytale setting of a city.
One of my lifelong pleasures has been to go on vacations with my sketchbook. I wander around, finding hidden places to draw; sit down and get lost for a few hours. I have a whole collection of drawing journals. When I look at those [...]
WARNING: < rant > November, 2018, Longmont Colorado. Lys Anzia was in the process of opening the TRACE Art Center when, after much expense and negotiation with her landlord she told him she'd be holding figure drawing classes in the school (as all serious [...]
Meditation is a state of being, which descends through being alert, watchful and relaxed in the present moment. It's not something you do, it happens as a by product of present moment awareness. The key phrase here is 'in the present moment'. You can [...]
Learning to draw is not about reproducing something exactly with a pencil, charcoal or whatever. It’s about learning to see in terms of shapes, colors and values. It's about learning to see 2 dimensionally. This is the way babies see. The brain has a [...]