Tuesday, May 31, 2011

• Is Niall Ferguson a shallow and vulgar huckster, and why does the American media lavish such attention on him? (Salon)
• Do we now live in a Playboy world? (The Wall Street Journal)
• Who is the real Larry Flynt? (The Independent)
Model Looking at a Portfolio
charcoal and gouache
45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

The model was either looking at a portfolio or a drawing board which was resting against a wall.

There was an artist standing beside her. He's just briefly indicated.

Monday, May 30, 2011

• I never seem to tire of Montaigne. (The Weekly Standard)
• New and unpopular views of World War II. (The New York Times)
Dark Green Scribble
pastel on paper 30.5 x 45.7 cm (12" x 18")

Dark green scribble and more suspect anatomy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

• The key to a successful marriage: no sex. (The New York Review of Books)

Two Mannequins

Two Mannequins
graphite on paper
11.4 x 8.9 cm (4.5" x 3.5")

Nothing special about this one.

I do remember that I was sitting in a somewhat chichi store beside a rather grumpy looking woman when I did this drawing. I never got around to asking her why she looked so grumpy. Maybe I should have. It might have been interesting.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

• Connoisseur of the ordinary: G.K. Chesterton (The Telegraph)
• Connoisseur of uncertainty: Janet Malcolm (The Nation)
pastel and ink on paper
30.5 x 45.7 cm (12" x 18")

'Zigzag' refers to the red, green, and yellow white bands across the blanket that the model was resting her head on. I've rendered them more as scribbles than zigzags, but they were zigzags.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Crouching Figure

graphite and watercolour
17.8 x 11.2 cm (7" x 4.4")

This is a drawing of a sculpture, but I can neither remember where I drew this nor what the sculpture was called nor who it was by.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

• Shakespeare is responsible for everything. (The National Post)
• Are you a Nabokovian? (The New York Observer)

Wrist Band

oil on paper
45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

I couldn't think of an appropriate title for this one. 'Wrist Band' will have to do.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

• Bogie wore a wig. (London Review of Books)
• David Mamet's right turn. (The Weekly Standard)

Model with an Obscured Hand

27.9 x 35.6 cm (14" x 11")

Catchy title.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

• John Kenneth Galbraith. (The Nation)
Model with Garbage Can
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11" x 14")

Why is this man so happy?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Baby Please Don't Go: Big Joe Williams

Untitled: My thoughts exactly.

Friday, May 13, 2011

• "I try to minimize contact with unreliable, unpunctual people." - Geoff Dyer (The Threepenny Review)
• Rescuing Malcolm X. (The Chronicle)

Cad Red

ink and pastel
45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

With this drawing I was working with a limited number of pastels. The only reds I had were cadmiums. Guess it shows.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

• Need an Egon Schiele for the spare bedroom? (London Evening Standard)
• The strange case of Werner Herzog. (GQ)
• American literature and the Civil War. (The Boston Globe)
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11" x 14")

Not a pretty portrait.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

• Are there really 1 billion hungry people in the world? (Foreign Policy)
• How to write a great sentence. (The New Republic)
ink and gouache
25.4 x 20.3 cm (10" x 8")

This drawing might have been good given more time.

Monday, May 09, 2011

• 6,000 of the 20,000 Englishmen who refused the draft during the First World War were imprisoned. (The American Scholar)
• The new illiberal university - Yale. (The Chronicle)

Head Turned Right

45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

I'm neither happy nor unhappy with this one.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Back in business after a Turkish and Parisian holiday.

• For the love of Totalitarian Art. (Foreign Affairs)
• Maurice Sendak: not feeling so well. (philly.com)
• Bad girl tedium. (The Independent)

Seated Girl

45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

A lot has been left out of this drawing, especially in the background, which was not a simple blank wall.

A little editing isn't necessarily a bad thing.