Friday, April 29, 2011
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The walnut ink drawing is nearly done. There are a few tiny problem areas I'm looking for a way to resolve; one of the easiest will be to make sure the bridge supports appear a little more vertical. I might not be able to fix all of it, but I can live with it even if I can't.
I'm quite happy with the outcome.
I also need to erase the pencil lines (in case you are wondering why I have numbers written over the bridge, it's because I had to number the vertical support beams in order to keep track of them as I drew them and shaded them. It was very easy to get confused as to which beam was which as I looked back and forth between my drawing and the reference photo.
One of the last things I did was lightly brush in the buildings of downtown
Monday, April 25, 2011
(1) 52.15 ft on 01/27/1937
(2) 42.10 ft on 03/08/1945
(3) 41.70 ft on 02/16/1884
(4) 41.20 ft on 03/12/1964
(5) 39.50 ft on 02/16/1883
(6) 39.40 ft on 04/02/1913
(7) 38.76 ft on 03/07/1997
(8) 36.40 ft on 01/22/1907
(9) 36.00 ft on 04/19/1948
(10) 34.10 ft on 03/23/1933
(11) 33.40 ft on 03/04/1962
(12) 33.00 ft on 05/10/1961
(13) 33.00 ft on 03/23/1943
(14) 32.40 ft on 02/22/1882
(15) 31.90 ft on 12/14/1978
(16) 31.80 ft on 03/10/1955
(17) 31.60 ft on 03/29/1936
(18) 31.50 ft on 03/13/1967
(19) 31.50 ft on 03/22/1963
(20) 31.40 ft on 02/07/1950
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Attached is a photo of some panels I've gessoed in preparation for painting. The raised one, which is a birch painting panel I just bought, is for the portrait commission that I must start. The other two are particle boards that I wanted to have ready because I really want to get some other painting done. The scenery has been so pretty. I also had the idea that I might simultaneously work on another portrait on my own for additional experimentation and practice—it might help smooth my way, since I don't want to screw up the commission, and I haven't done a portrait in a looooong time.
I don't know why, but yesterday I started thinking about fishing. I used to go pretty frequently, but I haven't been in a long time. Now it's been five or six or seven years. There is no way that I'd be able to go very often, but I wonder if I should try to go a few times this year? Should I get a fishing license?
I have fond memories of combined fishing/painting trips with friends. The combination never really worked out too well: As long as there was a line in the water, it was hard to concentrate on painting. I did, however, manage to get some painting done, including some good ones.
It was fun fishing for catfish that way. I'd have a line out on the bottom with a nightcrawler, and a bell attached to the pole. Then I'd set up my easel close by. I could paint, and as soon as I heard the bell ring (ding-ding-ding), I'd drop my brush and run over to the pole and crouch next to it, ready to pick it up.
Usually, nothing would happen, so after a few minutes I'd walk back to my easel. I'd pick up my brush, and then: ding-ding-ding…
A good way to spend an afternoon.
Most of my friends and family don't like fishing, but there are a few who do. There's one in particular I used to fish with a lot; now I want to call him to see if he's been lately.
My favorite thing about fishing, by far, is the excited, tense feeling that comes right before a fish takes the hook. I love how it feels, for instance, to be fishing on the bottom for catfish, and to see the pole jerk or bend slightly, telegraphing some unknown fish's interest. Or watching a bobber, after a long period of stillness, suddenly begin to bounce or move.
I find it hard to justify the time for fishing now, though, because I should be working on art. I already have other hobbies: metal detecting, coin collecting, gardening. I don't have enough time for those. But I guess fishing doesn't need to be a hobby, it can just be an occasional excursion. Hmmm.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
I got my first sunburn of the year yesterday. It's not bad. They rarely are for me, but I can feel this one a little on the back and sides of my neck.
The girls and I worked in the garden for a while. We planted some snap peas, chives, and asparagus, but most of the time I was out there I was just trying to prepare the soil. Since I've been quite lax in the past about using mulch, grass and weed roots pervade my designated garden spots, and I try to get rid of them as I go.
I've never tried to grow asparagus before, and I'm looking forward to it: Not only do I like eating it, but I think the plants are attractively large and interesting. I hope they do all right.
I still need to plant some garlic bulbs and spinach, and I need to get the tomatoes and broccoli going in the starter trays I just bought.
After we worked in the garden, we all went to