Sunday, September 24, 2006

Quick study watercolor


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.


Blogger Windy Lampson said...

Love the portrait- I'm sorry about the space thingy- I'm not really sure what you're talking about... I haven't encountered that problem yet- What kind of computer do you have?

9:24 PM  
Blogger Pammie said...

Hi Argos, aren't we lucky, two posts so close together!

I had no idea it was Oktoberfest. Isn't it like Septemberfest? When I was working in Tanzania, our mine was the country's biggest consumer of Castle beer, a South African brand brewed in Tanzania. So Castle hosted our annual Oktoberfest. One year they were a little late, and they held it in November. They closed the normal mess and put on a huge spread of free beer and food, sauerkraut, pork done in about 45 different ways, etc. Fantastic. Except, it was also Eid, the festival to celebrate the end of the fasting of Ramaddan. And about 30% of our guys were Muslim. Hmm. Bad planning hey?!

I haven't had the dreaded extra space problem at all, although sometimes no matter what, it won't let me post a photograph. Have you tried going to edit the post, then go to the HTML tab and see if there aren't any spaces you can frack off there? Good luck with it, it can be frustrating!

11:08 PM  
Blogger argos said...

Hi Windy
Well, i have a couple computers. Empty shells from IT friends. This keeps me from buying a macbook pro which I really want and, frankly need, due to the business travel. Anyway, if you look at my last post, studio centro, you will see a bunch of white space between the title and the image. It just does this on its own. I never, never hit enter/return while posting. Basically, one has to delete the entire post then re-publish to correct. Oh well. Blogging is free and wonderful. What am I complaining about with friends like you?

11:23 PM  
Blogger argos said...

Hi Pammie

I think its strange too that a lot of Octoberfest celebrations are in September. Who decided this? Some guy in lederhosen probably.

Yeah, great timing from Castle. But you know Pammie, every time we are out having a good time, someone is fasting somewhere. This is the biggest reason I try to get all my fasting done while sleeping.

Hey, good luck loft hunting in Vancover. Probably, one cannot get a loft there without a great view.
I look forward to seeing it.

btw, the html editor shows nothing regarding the space. But I will say this, as I mentioned to Windy, I ain't gonna complain too much about something as wonderful as our silly little blogs, with friends like you. I never dreamed I'd like people I've never met. But I do.

11:40 PM  
Blogger atenea crisoelefantina said...

hi Argos!
very interesting about the oktoberfest...
i love the drawing, please, draw more human figure, i like more than the landscapes... :D
the face is really really beautiful!!!!!! i like it very very much!!!

1:44 AM  
Blogger argos said...

Hi Atenea

thanks for the visit and for the kind words.

I see now that I did not finish her ear. It just looks like a small bean attached to her head!
Oh well.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Daniela said...

Oh, Argos!
Now that you mentioned the ear, yes, i agree :)
But looks nice anyway.

I also have a problem with my blog. Every time i post a comment, it doesnt show in the front page, only when i click to read...dont know why...

8:11 PM  
Blogger Daniele Marioli said...

Ciao Argos!!
VEry beautiful job!

5:39 AM  
Blogger marcaliope said...

Da que preguntar en qué estará pensando esa mujer. Su mirada es serena y su rostro tiene carácter.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Windy Lampson said...

Well didn't you just brighten up my day- I just read your comment back to me- and after a very emotionally stressful day, you have managed to lift my spirits- Thanks for the nice comment- I've really enjoyed learning more about you, and I've appreciate all the help and advice you've been giving me. I encourage you to keep on posting- space or no space- I just like hearing more about you and seeing more of what you're doing-

6:28 PM  
Blogger Mauricio said...

Hello Argos!

All ok?

I link your blog, ok?

6:29 PM  
Blogger Ali la Loca said...

Hi Argos!

Lovely portrait, I like the idea that you sketch strangers that pass you by in places like the market or Oktoberfest.

Not sure whether we celebrate Oktoberfest here in Mozambique, but they sure did do it up in Blumenau, Santa Catarina state in Brazil. I lived close to there when I was in high school and - wow - what a party!

9:17 AM  
Blogger paolat said...

your work is great,
more when is in acuarelle, because you have to be so patient. beso de rep.dominicana


2:00 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

I have taken a look at your art, it's very impressive, you have a lovely talent, thanks for sharing this over the blog world!

1:26 AM  
Blogger Checha said...

Lovely and sad, to me.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

love the expressiveness in her face!

1:34 AM  

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