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Howard is my brother and on day two of his visit, hilariously using our iPhones to suggest simple sentences which we then drew, we wondered why we never did this as kids…ah well…time to draw.

It began with me asking Siri for a simple sentence..

Bon 15

and then How…

How 10



Bon 13

Bon 11

and then Howard got really funny… (“Somebody else carries on.”)

How 11

“Joe waited for the train.”

How 12

How 13

…my pallid response…

Bon 12

and then, I’m sad to say, Howard and Amy jumped into the car to go to the airplane to head back east where the dialog will continue from afar…

last drawings

Bye How.  xxoo

Howard was here for three days and we had intermittent fun drawing in a free-associative way…He started off by making a little drawing on some scratch paper…


and on day one we started our riff off a title of a piece he saw in my studio “Little House in the Big Wood”

Bon 8

Bon 7

How said…

How 1

and then…

How 2

and I said…

Bon 3

Bon 6

and then How chimed in with…

How 3

How 4

to which I answered…

Bon 5


Bon 4

and How had the last words…

How 5

How 6

How 9

Having veered pretty far afield he changed the subject saying…

How 7

so I said…

Bon 1

and then…

Bon 10

How 8

Bon 9

and that’s when we knew it was time to make dinner…so ended Day One!





Well I have been wanting to do this for quite a while, and this afternoon, I finally got a little bit done. These guys are all competing in our usual Saturday afternoon tournament.

I know that this looks a bit like hear-no/speak-no/see-no, but chess players really do assume the most amazing contortions as they reflect on the unfolding action of the game. When one is in the middle of things, I think the building could collapse and no one would notice. So these gyrations are unselfconscious, and an authentic description of “lost-in-thought.”

I suspect more to follow – I need to take my paint box with me next time.




I haven’t taken a crack at drawing people for quite a long while, but I had a great time this afternoon. More to come.

Larger, but I am not sure if it’s any clearer.

It has been a long time. Love the Alaska sketch. More?

Just so you don’t think that I haven’t been doodling myself, here’s a a view of a bunch of sketches I did, and some my teammates did, during a daylong urban design charrette yesterday run by the RRCDC. We were in a southwestern city neighborhood called PLEX – Plymouth-Exchange. Our team looked at a variety of ways to create, and connect, neighborhood gateways. A terrific day of listening, drawing, learning.

Your turn.

Small sketch enlarged and then painted in preparation for Amy making it into a needlepoint. (That will be interesting, methinks).

Last weekend we walked the High Line in Chelsea. At lunch, I sketched this view on the paper table cover.

I’ve had to fuss with it to make it legible, and I had to scan it and then stitch it together because it’s quite large (it’s a table cover, after all), but there you have it.

I am so busted. I have scoured, but alas, no angels to be found. So, just me, singing away. Merry Christmas to your house, too!

We attended a lovely Christmas concert here over the weekend. The music was terrific, and I had a moment to sketch the altarpiece in this wonderful old place, built by German immigrants in the late 19th century.

Currently the Memorial Art Gallery is exhibiting the results of the 63rd annual Finger Lakes juried art competition. And so last weekend Assistant Curator Jessica Marten made a gallery talk about the annual show and competition as it was in the 50s, the jurors and the jury process, and some of the art selected in those years. While she spoke, I focused on a painting by Syracuse artist Gordon Steele (1906 – 1961), a work that won the purchase prize in 1957. It’s called “On the Porch”, and try though I might, I cannot find an image of the original. Anyway, here’s a sketch or two.

A woman leans on the porch railing while a man nearby appears to be reading a newspaper.

Kind of reminded me a tiny bit of a two story version of a Giotto we have parsed together.

Jessica Marten went on to offer an interesting recap of the reviews of the works in those days, with some pointedly lamenting the rise of ab-ex, and others defending same. It was a most interesting afternoon at the museum.