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Lyons Ave

Ink and watercolor, 9″ x 12″

A view down Lyons Ave, Houston, on a grey and drizzly day last week.  I had to bail on this drawing twice because of rain.  I started on a Friday and intended to do everything with black and grey markers because the day was so dreary. Only got as far as the marquee and the seriously leaning power pole before things got too wet.  
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4101LyonsSt

Ink and watercolor, 9″ x 12″

I sketched this abandoned shop in Houston’s Fifth Ward last week.  The morning was grey and dreary which influenced my color choices a great deal.  The teal of the sign and trim was what grabbed my attention and made me choose this spot to sketch.  It threatened to rain but I only caught a few drops.

This part of Houston is going through a major transition.  2 brand new townhomes are next door to this building.

 

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By Siver Black

When I wake up in the morning I almost always have a song in my head.  Does that happen to you?  Sometimes it’s music I do not like, but usually it is something good (good meaning something I like!) and it influences the music I will listen to that day.  I woke up January 7th with “Starman” by David Bowie in my head and proceeded to listen to Bowie most of the day.  The next morning turned out to be David Bowie’s birthday, so the music marathon continued and I made this drawing.
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LifeDrawing1

These drawings were done at a weekly life drawing session at Archway Gallery in Houston, Texas.  The first drawing is of the other artists.   I began before the model arrived and added to it here and there during the session.

LifeDrawing2

The drawing sessions begin with a series of 2 minute warm-ups and then some 5’s and 10 or 12 minute poses.  The above drawing was the first 5 minute pose of the session and I remember this because of something very specific.  The gallery manager came in and asked “Does anyone here drive a silver BMW?  You need to move it because it’s blocking the neighbor in.”  Our model, unmoving, smiles and says “Yeah, that’s mine.”  Wouldn’t you know it, the naked guy is the one who has to go move his car.

 

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