Sunday, September 24, 2006

Quick study watercolor


Oktoberfest

This weekend, all over the world most likely, is Oktoberfest. Here in Des Moines, Iowa there is a little bar downtown in a converted old train station, Hessen House, which served it up this year. Maybe 10,000 people were there Friday night. A good time really. I met a lot of people and took a few photos. This is a simple little watercolor I did this morning of one of the german girls.

Now I have a blogger question, if anyone can answer- If you notice in the previous post, there is all this extra space, extra returns if you will. How the f#ck does one get rid of it? When you go to edit a post, the wysiwyg thingy opens and, geez, just breath, or click, and you have some extra space that cannot be deleted! I thought a wysiwyg was supposed to stand for "what you see is what you get." Not true.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Studio Centro


Pas de chef-d'ouvre dans la paresse!

Here is a shot of my recently acquired studio in the downtown area. I have been sick for almost two weeks with a bad cold/cough and, therefore quite lazy lately. This sick time has given me the opportunity to read for hours as I try to catch up on rest. You can see that my oil palette and easel are just sitting there waiting for me to embrace them once again. Finally though, last night, while viewing the Andy Warhol documentary and tired of the laziness, I pulled out some large format paper and did a charcoal drawing of my intern/girl friday, Crystal. I might go in this direction for a while, as I had quite a bit of fun with drawing. Fresh flowers always seem to brighten up a junky place too, but I also see that there is a bottle of Johnny Walker on the table, just for the sipping. There happens to be two new oil paintings behind me too. After I give them one last go over, I will post them for you.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Wine and Roses


Last of the summer wine
It has been a couple weeks since I posted. Settting up a new studio borders on the profane yet it is a good feeling to have a lot of new space to play in. Another knife painting in oil where the focus was to tackle water and reflection. Like a lot of painters, I get to the end and feel "I really don't have the hang of this". Such is the humility that comes with an avocation like painting.