Sunday, December 29, 2013

The usual kind of treasures. Altered signs and randoms and a train.

New York Street Art!!! Nov 2013

 I tried to grab some shots from our trip to the east coast. Mostly in the city, along the highline. Some weird little details and signage. One of this awesome old mural with the "Bode wizard  guy", from Brooklyn right by this little coffee shop called Lincoln Station, and the last shot is from a copy of spray can art that I found in this book shop under the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Monday, September 16, 2013

How to paint a very grumpy lion

Start light, choose a few complimentary colors, reds and yellows. As you add detail you revisit darker areas of the image and fill in the details with lion shaped lines.

 I try to keep the background soft and out of focus, cause that part is really hard to draw, and there's a lot of leaves and sticks on all the trees and that is just too much junk that nobody really cares about. Nobody has ever been like "wow that lion looks cool, but the trees in the background are amazing!"
Then with the lion I just keep drawing fur all around its head, longer fur for the mane, cause that's where the long fur is on a lion mostly, and short fur lines on the face part. Then just keep that up until the lion gets this big sourpuss scowl going on and looks all mad about life.

Add darker lavender hues and be all like "I didn't mean for it to turn out this way, all drippy and purple and squiggly, so drop it. The world doesn't need another big grouchy jungle cat going around complaining about how the art is turning out. What do lions know about water color pencil anyway. Forget you. " If this lion is going to be such a whiner I am done. I'm not even bothering with the paws. Take an attitude lesson.
How to paint a grumpy lion part 3

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jet Jet!!!

Left this Jet Jet in the secret tunnel hedge at Lewis and Clark. My kid calls it the "party hedge" and it definitely seems  like the kind of place Lewis Carrol and Tolkien would have chilled out and snuck beers at.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Is it ok to laugh at death?

You know how everyone is always talking about keeping Portland weird, well finally someone is doing something about it. The weirdest sign of the year award goes to the saddest hippies in the world. I just wanted to scrape my barbeque into a ziplock bag and shoot them a text, I feel so awful for them and even worse for laughing at their sign all the way home from Irvington.

How to do Bobcat art.

Bobcat Tutorial, for Bobcat Art Enthusiasts!

1) Find a picture of a Bobcat on the internet.
2) Find your Derwent water color pencils.
3) Draw the Bobcat all night on Friday.
4) Have your son do the fill in parts during breakfast on Saturday after cartoons.
5) Walk everybody to soccer practice.
6) Draw your Bobcat some more with details and hairs and all the spots and stuff.

Viola! or Booya!, depending on your tastes.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jet Jet, low risk street art hobbyist

Dropped this off at Vancouver Lake. It was a great swimming day.

Left this one just north of Otter Rock.

This drawing was inspired by my second best camp group of the year, who accidentally named themselves "NEVERMIND"

This sign still totally does the job.

A whole bunch of unfinished work just dying for some attention. I can hear these lousy paintings in the garage all night.

Embodied cognition, Painting and Heartache.

This last year has brought me all kinds of opportunities for growth. At this ripe old age I would say that heartbreak ...