Friday, June 17, 2005

View across the river, looking towards U of M East bank from West River Blvd.

The rest of the story: While I was sketching this from my car, a homeless transvestite collecting pop-cans came up to me and asked me what time it was. He had a strapless party dress, black stockings, tennis shoes and quite sizeable silicone breast implants. It looked like he hadn't taken a bath in awhile.

I told him it was 11:45. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Big thunderstorms in St. Paul today.  Posted by Hello

Monday, June 06, 2005

Mears Park. Between Fifth and Sixth. Posted by Hello

While running an errand over lunch the other day, my car went "KAPOW" and then started running like an Alice Chalmers tractor. I struggled into a Firestone, waving at the people staring, saying, "YES! I KNOW MY CAR SOUNDS LIKE IT'S GOING TO EXPLODE!" (like I didn't notice).

The end of the story - $350. Blown spark plug. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Market and 5th. Statue in the park south of Landmark Center. Posted by Hello

4th and Sibley. Tree and truck. Posted by Hello

Friday, May 06, 2005

Shed fix option 2. Chop height off the walls. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Detail of jacking the shed roof. It's how I'll keep from getting crushed under 500 lbs of shingles and wood (hopefully). Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

We had a backyard shed installed. And the thing is HUGE. My wife hates it. So we're thinking of some re-design. Posted by Hello

Mississippi where Sibley hits the river. Posted by Hello

Monday, May 02, 2005

Cedars - in a park off of Rice and Hwy 96 Posted by Hello

Friday, April 29, 2005

Water tower off Hoyt Ave on U of M, St. Paul campus. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Parking Lot Posted by Hello

Smoke butt. What's the deal with throwing these things on the ground anyway? Do smokers think that the birds come along and eat them or something? I mean, I know some people who would never throw a candy wrapper on the ground, but think nothing of throwing a smoke butt on the ground. I don't get it. Posted by Hello

Monday, April 18, 2005

U of M. At the river. Posted by Hello

Friday, April 15, 2005

Como Park Bandshell.

You know, as I proceed with this activity, I find myself thinking more about the nature of what I'm drawing. I suppose that's why I'm doing this, to perhaps recover some lost skills, but more importantly, to figure out what really appeals to me about drawing.

So, for example, in the past few days, I've discovered what most formally taught "artists" probably learn in the first day, that is, to think about the nature of what you are drawing.

Take trees, for example. I find that I can sketch a much better tree if I think about how a tree grows. It doesn't grow from the sky down to the ground. Rather, it starts out as a shoot in the ground, which gradually splits off into another shoot, depending on wind, sun, rain, etc. Which in turn sprouts another shoot, etc. Furthermore, this basic "treeness" pervades the entire tree. Another way to look at it, every branch of a tree is a sketch of a small tree itself, and every twig on that branch is another small sketch of a tree.

OK. Maybe too much philosophy going on here. They are just sketches, after all.
Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Korean War Memorial - State Capitol. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Waiting for the dentist. Parking lot of HealthPartners at Como and Hwy 280. Posted by Hello

Monday, April 11, 2005

Stone bridge in Mears Park. Sixth and Sibley. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Park Bridge - 4th and Sibley Posted by Hello

Monday, April 04, 2005

Little Tree

Little Tree... where Jackson meets the river. This was maybe the first comfortable day of the year. Posted by Hello

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Benny in the snow Posted by Hello

Benny and his rope toy Posted by Hello

Natalie at McCullough Park Posted by Hello

Friday, April 01, 2005

Benny sniffs his butt. Posted by Hello