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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.

 

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.

 

Ink on paper, 5.5" x 8"

Ink on paper, 5.5″ x 8″

I am back in Texas now, and mowing the backyard this morning I sorely missed the cool California weather. Our first couple of days of family vacation in California we spent in San Diego and we stayed at a great little hotel called Mudville Flats in the East Village, Gaslamp district. Above is a drawing I did on our back porch while having my morning coffee. Read More

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