Saturday, December 04, 2010

figurative show, santa rosa

Before it ends, I should mention that I have a few works on paper in the show "Figuring Out the Figure" at the Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery. The show goes from November 4 through December 11 and includes figurative works on paper by a number of California artists. An exhibition catalogue is available at the gallery for $15. More info at srjc art gallery.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

skyhawk, hornet

A4 D Skyhawk attack bomber, flight deck of the USS Hornet, Alameda, CA.
More at Urban Sketchers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

cafe philosophy

My cover for the August/September 2010 issue of Cafe Philosophy, a non-academic magazine about philosophy, published in New Zealand and available now. The current issue also features interior illustrations by my fellow urban sketcher, Lapin.

Featured in the foreground are Friedrich Nietzche and Arthur Schopenhauer. Also depicted are Sartre, Plato, Aristotle, Berkeley, Descartes, Spinoza, Vermeer's geographer, a Yagua Indian, a woman as the Sphinx, a man who may be Kierkegaard, and a tribute to the destroyed Klimt painting, Philosophy.

Monday, August 02, 2010

sketchcrawl 28: crissy field, sf

The usual cold, slightly foggy summer morning in San Francisco. We met at the Warming Hut in Crissy Fields - seems to have been about 50 of us - and sketched our way to the Palace of Fine Arts. Click the images to see them larger. For more sketches from San Francisco and around the world, visit the forums at

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Feeding ducks and swans, house with half-dead willow and swan, treehouse by the creek.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

the gallery girls: midsummer night's dream

Drawings from the Gallery Girls' Midsummer Night's Dream drawing party held at the spectacular Westerfield Mansion in San Francisco. Great music and atmosphere and a whole lot of talented artists crowded into little ornate rooms. Click the images for greater detail.

More sketches from the night by Marc Holmes

Friday, May 21, 2010

sketchcrawl 27: san francisco

Some images from last saturday's World Wide Sketchcrawl. We met at the ferry building in the morning and again later at union square. A few of us kept drawing into the night at the top of the Marriott hotel overlooking the city. For more sketches from San Francisco and around the world, visit the forums at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


From the recent bay area models marathon. This grouping was from the 20 minute stage but I only turned around to draw them for the last few minutes. There is the suggestion of a story here, almost a song. Click to see bigger.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Friday I went to a drawing party in San Francisco featuring the butoh performance troupe Bad Unkl Sista in spectacular costumes, moving and posing to live music at the Bus Stop Gallery. Here are some of my sketches from the night. Click through the images for greater detail.

More sketches from the night by Marc Holmes and Jackson Dryden.

Monday, March 08, 2010


found object on the sidewalk, berkeley

Friday, March 05, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

sketchcrawl 26: the waterfront, sf

We met in an industrial part of town along the waterfront south of the ballpark. The skies kept threatening rain, but never quite delivered. Here is the view from the patio of The Ramp restaurant with heavy skies looming, fellow sketchers and a frenzy of pigeons attacking some leftover fries, graffiti-tagged cranes along the harbor drawn from a sheltered perch, a lone parked motorcycle drawn from the same perch, and factory towers. Click on the images to see larger.

For more sketches from San Francisco and around the world, visit the forums at

Monday, February 08, 2010

the new yorker's eustace tilley contest 2010

My piece won:

This is the third year the New Yorker has invited the public to submit their own takes on the magazine's iconic mascot, Eustace Tilley, originally drawn by Rea Irvin for the magazine's first cover in 1925.

12 winners were chosen from over 300 submissions. You can see a slideshow of all 12 on the New Yorker's website here.

This is also the third year that I've won. One of my pieces won in 2009 and two won in 2008. You can see all of the winners from the past couple of years at the New Yorker site as well.

Special congrats to Claire B. Cotts and Marcus Thiele, also among this year's winners.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


A seat made from a willow stump next to a creek where I spied an otter swimming, peace sign made of Christmas lights on an old aermotor windmill, child sleeping at the Graton neighborhood potluck.