Friday, April 30, 2010

• Struwwelpeter. (The Book)
• The menace of sucking. (Salon)


8.9 x 11.4 cm (3.5" x 4.5")

The joys of airport layovers.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

• Swindles and scams on the Boulevard Haussmann. (The New York Times) (@ Illicit Cultural Properties)
• Common misconceptions. (Wikipedia) (@ things magazine)

Girl with Arms Raised

graphite and watercolour
30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

This qualifies as a fun drawing, and we all know it's important to have fun.

I was playing around while doing some gesture drawings (one to one and half minutes). My gesture drawings are usually not something to write home about, but this one works.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

• The father of French president Nicolas Sarkozy is exhibiting his art work in Paris. (CBC News)
• Shakespearean sex. (The Guardian)
• U.S. Government debt. (The Washington Post)

Central Park Sculpture

digital image
11.4 x 8.9 cm (4.5" x 3.5")

This is a digitally coloured image of a drawing done originally with graphite, charcoal, and conté. The sculpture in the drawing is one of many around the south west entrance to Central Park in New York. It was a bright day when drawing was done. The sculpture was in the full sun and the trees behind were in shadow.

A little research would probably uncover the name of the sculptor. I just haven't found the time to do it yet.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

• 'Say it ain't so.' An artist with a blacklist of collectors and dealers. (The New York Times)
• Alice Neal at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. (slideshow) (The New York Times)
Blue and White
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

There's not much to this drawing, which, of course, is part, if not the whole, of its attraction.

Monday, April 26, 2010

• Is Canada a dumping ground for stolen art? (Art Theft Central)
• The Hotel Castelar in Buenos Aires. (BBC News)
• Enlightened instruction for us all from A. C. Grayling. (National Interest)
• A video of young moose at play. (

Green Girl

30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

This drawing of a sculpture was done in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I wrote the name of the sculptor down on a piece of paper, but I have misplaced the paper. I seem to remember that the sculptor was an American woman, and that the sculpture was made sometime in the 1920's. If I come across the name in the next couple of days I'll let you know.

Any guesses as to what the sculpture might have been called?

Friday, April 23, 2010


ink and gouache
11.4 x 8.9 cm (4.5" x 3.5")

I must confess to liking the ink sketch better before it was coloured. Mais, c'est la vie.

The drawing was done while wandering through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The two Kirchner (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner) works are Standing Female Nude (1919) and Self-Portrait as a Soldier (1915).

Thursday, April 22, 2010

• More good advice for artists when dealing with galleries. (edward_winkleman)
• The convoluted history of a stolen painting, Norman Rockwell's Russian Schoolroom, in which director Steven Spielberg makes an appearance as an innocent victim. (artknows)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

• The latest Japanese craze: maids. (Ryoko Uyama)
• Brazilian modernist architecture. (The Mid-Century Modernist)


27.9 x 21.6 cm (11" x 8.5")

This was a twenty minute study drawn directly with a brush.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

• Ryan McGinley, the new star of photography. (The Guardian)
• Goldman Sachs is everywhere. (Rolling Stone)
The Art of Choosing. (The New York Times)


30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

The model was in this yoga pose for most of three hours, more or less oblivious of everything until it was time to leave. When she went to move, not to her complete surprise, she found that her legs didn't necessarily want to go with her.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Grigory (Grisha) Perelman and the Poincaré Conjecture. (The New York Review of Books)
D.I.Y. culture. (The New York Times)
'There probably is a God.' Or so thought Antony Flew, philosopher and ex-atheist. (The New York Times)

Young Child

11.4 x 8.9 cm (4.5" x 3.5")

This drawing was done on a late night bus in North Bergen, New Jersey. I was sitting not far from a young mother with her child. The child, who was quite awake, seemed to have a keen interest in everything that was going on around her, while the mother, who was not quite so awake as her daughter, seemed to have a keen interest in getting off the bus.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lux Aeterna: the Kronos Quartet.
The Kronos Quartet performs Clint Mansell's Lux Aeterna from the soundtrack of Requiem for a Dream, live in Bucharest, May 11, 2008.

Friday, April 16, 2010

• Cartier-Bresson at MOMA. (The New York Times)
• Rethinking Russia's role in the defeat of Napoleon. (review)
• Farewell to Texas Stadium (the view from inside the stadium) (
Yellow Road Sign
oil on canvas
55.9 x 71.1 cm (22" x 28")

For any Manitobans who might be interested, the road in this painting is Provincial Road 204, the continuation of Henderson Highway north of Lockport.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

• Matchbook covers from Eastern Europe and Japan.
• Conductor Leonard Slatkin discovers the dangers of blogging. (The Wall Street Journal)
• Conversations with the dead. (The Chronicle)

Yellow Outline

ink and charcoal
30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

This drawing was done using a yellow underlining marker, a water soluble pen, and charcoal.

The shoulders of the model look a little funny, but then, they looked a little funny when I was drawing them.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

• Francis Bacon and photography. (The Telegraph)
• Does Mahatma Gandhi have something in common with Tiger Woods? (The Independent)
• Cruelty in the guise of compassion: pit bull bans. (Boston Review)
Raw Sienna
ink and gouache
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

This pose lasted twenty-five minutes, and it seemed to me that I spent fifteen of those twenty-five minutes painting and repainting the nose and eye. This might account for the sketchy nature of the painting in the rest of the figure.

Monday, April 12, 2010

• Spanish modern: Francisco Goya. (Guernica)
• "All the circumstances of my disasters are bound up in that fatal knot." Napoleon, the Siege of Cadiz, and the Peninsular Campaign. (Humanities)
• Don't worry about the future of the U.S. It will do just fine. Ask a demographer. (The New York Times)
• Sex in 1892. (Stanford Magazine)

Inclined Model

ink, charcoal, and pastel
30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

This drawing was done last week at the Spring Studio in Manhattan.

From where I was standing the view of the model's head was quite odd. It seemed something less (or more) than human.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

More TateShots today. Starting Monday I'll be back to regular posting with some new work.
TateShots: Paul Nash, Story of a Masterpiece, Totes Meer, 1940-41.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I'll be back with regular posts starting tomorrow or Saturday, April 10th.
Tateshots: Cy Twombly

Saturday, April 03, 2010

TateShots: Jim Dine (