Ditto (About the Love)

Then because I really feel best when I’m drawing I decided to work on a project I’ve had in mind for months. One day a few weeks after we’d been here we went to the Lazy K colt sale over by Chowchilla (don’t you love that name! Pronounced just how it looks.). There were a host of colorful characters there and I serreptitously snapped a few shots of terribly interesting faces. I saw this older man that I instantly fell in love with. He was with a younger man (his grandson?). They both had the same hats on. I was dying to go up to them and ask who are you you’re both beautiful and where are those hats from but I chickened out.

The photo I took, of course, was so, so bad but it had enough information for me to figure stuff out. I guess that’s the bennies of doing this for so long that you can know what is supposed to go where and you can put it in. The way is now in the DNA.

My dad said it just has to be convincing. I think this is. PS just so you know I’m actually going to put a little more work into his coat and the back ground but not much. His face is the interesting part.


Holy Smokes I Love What I’m Doing

Yes, dear friends, it’s been along time since I’ve posted. Moving is such an all consuming task for me. I’ve figured out that my insides don’t feel right unless my outsides look just right. Hey, I’m a “visualiste”. I see things visually. So I have been spending the last four months getting things to look right in my world and finally it is. In the midst of this setting things right I was tapped for a local job. A church needed some renderings of proposed changes to their altar and would I be interested in making those views for them?  Of course, I said yes. I need the bucks and boy howdy do I. It was a fun project though. Not like a creative project though. This was a illustration project. Here’s the difference: A creative project starts with oh my god am I going to be able to pull this off which segues into it’s not going so well am I going to be able to save it which segues into hmm it’s starting to look pretty good and next thing you know it’s hey this looks okay. I like it!

In illustration the challenges are this: keep the colors the same with each view. Keep the proportions and drawing the same in each view. It’s much more technical. It’s much more meditative in a way. I turn on the music and zone while I draw. I refer back to the previous for adherence to the “look” and I go. I’m not so “intense” as when I’m doing a strictly creative project.

Here are the drawings. Very, very different from my creative work. My dad always said I’m going to go build a painting. That’s pretty apt, I think. Illustration is really like that.

view #1
View #1 with “planters” the same size as they were but without stone façade.


view #2
View #2 with left “planter” shortened. Stone façade left on.


view #3
View #3 with both “planters” shortened. Stone façade removed.