2009-04-02 09:32 am

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Yes! I'm so relieved I don't have to clean out my car this weekend!
2009-04-01 10:23 pm

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It's National Poetry Month! In honor thereof, a quote from Lu Ji's Wenfu (On Literature): "We poets struggle with Non-being to force it to yield Being; we knock upon silence for an answering music."

That's the best description of improvising I've run across.
2009-03-27 11:18 am
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2009-03-16 09:39 pm
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2009-02-19 05:46 pm

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Monet had water lilies, Degas had ballerinas, I have Facebook profile pictures. Katie with Oliver, graphite on paper, 11x14:

Katie with Oliver large

Big enough to see the squirkles. )
2008-11-30 11:03 pm

Work in progress

This is a work in progress:

Anneth in curlers

Bigger, bigger, bigger! )

One thing I need to make progress on is getting permission from the subject herself, who seems to be occupied with other trifles. I hope she won't mind the liberty; no offense is meant. (ETA: as Buffy fans will recall, drawing portraits of people without their prior permission, and then leaving them where the subjects could find them, was a habit of Angelus's. Good role model, that!)

I really need to "push the darks," as they say, laying more graphite on the page and heightening the contrast. I could even stand to add a layer of black to the smock, perhaps get more of the folds in there. I might spend more time on the right side of the hair, making the level of detail match that on the left. And I'm not sure I yet understand the nose.

But the eyes are perfect, which is what most matters to me.

(You might want to be careful what pictures you post to Facebook, as I'm trolling for subjects. However, this may be it for blonde curly hair.)
2008-11-26 09:50 pm

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Hey, baby, want to see a picture?

sam and her kitten

Hey, baby, want to see that bigger? )

Sam and her kitten.
2008-11-24 01:29 am

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After a picture in the October Smithsonian of the bust Bernini carved of his mistress, Costanza Bonarelli, reputedly the first marble sculpture ever created not for commission, but for the artist's own pleasure:

bernini's mistress

Yes, we're taking this larger. )
2008-11-22 04:11 pm

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Look! A drawing! Joseph and the ass from a Mexican ceramic creche my mother has had on her mantle since last December:

creche drawing-2

Let's see that bigger! )
2008-10-17 11:23 pm

Stuff I'm up to, in pictures (2)

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I've enrolled in a drawing class through the Cleveland Museum of Art. I hope you don't mind if I share the fruit of my labor. )

flyer 11-15 color

Also, Improv update! Monday I start commuting to Chicago for a weekly class at the Annoyance Theatre. This is notably insane. Meanwhile, y'all should look into your transportation options Cleveland-ward because four weeks from now I have another show going up at the Centrum Theater )
2008-02-20 09:53 pm

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Tiltowait!
2007-10-01 01:32 pm

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If you carefully look all the way to the right, you can see the back of my head and my left shoulder.
2007-08-07 04:30 pm

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Video of me crossing the finish line at the Cleveland Triathlon can be viewed, over and over again, on infinite repeat, here.
2007-08-06 09:07 am

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I hope to write up my triathlon write-up some time today. But I am feeling pretty lazy about it. Prescribe something for me:

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2007-08-04 06:18 pm

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The gear, everything but my sunglasses and Pam, is packed up. I still don't know how I'm going to manage to remember to get all this stuff on in the swim-bike transition. It may involve another checklist. But if I'm biking down the shoreway and I'm still wearing the wetsuit, I'll probably remember.

I'm not expecting to tear it up out there: my bicycle, frankly, just isn't made for this type of event, and I'm not that much better constructed. I figure maybe 20 to 25 minutes for the swim, an hour and ten for the bike, and 25 to 30 minutes for the run. With unimaginably smooth transitions, that's about two hours and change. This puts me behind competitor John Gwin, who was born without the left hand he won't need to kick my ass.

Assuming all goes well, and my bike doesn't break down and I don't drown, if you watch this page tomorrow between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, you might catch a glimpse of me crossing the finish line.
2007-07-25 12:20 pm

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And now I am an official registrant of the 2007 Cleveland Triathlon, Individual Sprint category (800 meter swim, 16 mile bike, 5 kilometer run). I must remember to try riding my bicycle sometime between now and the event. Just to see if I can do this without the training wheels.