Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fay Ku Folklore

Room For Only One II (2005)
Graphite, ink and watercolor on gray paper
38 X 50 inches 

From the artist's statement: "I never have any pre-conceived notion of what the work will look like, and I never sketch beforehand. I work to discover what I am thinking, and I have to find my way to the image." Represented by Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dr. Seuss Told Us To:

Speak For The Trees book website

A book project inspired by a bumper sticker that was inspired by Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax." Bunches of artists and writers (many posthumously) contribute to the cause.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rendering Motion

ennifer Pastor uses drawing to break down various systems -- in this case, the circulation of a rider on a bucking bull. (pencil on paper, 13 1/2" X 17", 1999-2000)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bee Keeper Girl, 2003

I saw this drawing in a gallery in Culver City about 3 years ago. The artist, Anthony Goicolea, is a photographer who began drawing to further explore some of the strange scenarios he deliberately composed for the camera. The ghostly effect is achieved with a semi-opaque mylar overlay. As I recall, the drawing was nearly life-size, and impressed me enough that I purchased the $50 companion book of prints, which I cherish.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Book Sale @ The Drawing Center!

Discounts on books & limited editions In-store only from December 1 - 23. How lucky are people who live in NYC?

Friday, November 27, 2009

This blog is attached to my website, "Drawings and Digressions." It has a link to my hiking/drawing workshops and to my Etsy store, which is still under construction. Stay tuned...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jim Houser is a genius

Did you draw anything today?

I was out walking the dog today near the canal. The wind was howling and the sun was stuck behind a cloud formation they call the Sierra Wave. The water flowing through this landscape is crystalline, and if you don't mind a little cow piss, almost drinkable. All the trees are barely holding on to their leaves. A bird -- I think it was a kingfisher -- flew right by me, and the dog alighted after it and straight across the canal, coming out the other side and running head on into a pair of mules. The surprise on his face was only a small part of the thing that inspired me. Next time I will bring a sketchpad.

(BTW, I also do this blog: