Monday, September 29, 2008

On its' way out

Pink wallet with a broken zipper.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Bean

Wednesday afternoon, I cracked open a sketchbook and took a second shot at "The Bean," also known by the more formal name of Cloud Gate, by Anish Kapoor. Chicagoans, or those familiar with Millennium Park in downtown Chicago will recognize this new landmark. It's been around since about 2004, and is a popular destination for tourists, photographers, and people who like to look at their distorted reflection.

I saw a man sitting with his easel and canvas in this spot earlier in the summer, and I thought-"Why not?" Turns out, drawing The Bean is quite a challenge. This is my second attempt this summer, and it still isn't entirely accurate. Anyone familiar with the Chicago skyline-don't look too close at the reflected buildings along the edges. With the exception of the Aon Center, you might not find what you're looking for!
For those unfamiliar with this sculpture-the top photo is me shooting a self-portrait in the reflection, and the bottom is what it looks like when you stand inside the concave center.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

still, life

This is actually a very cropped area of a larger still life I've been working on this week.

A few years ago, I read a music review in The Onion that described a particular band's music as being similar to "listening to the sound of a plastic spoon hitting a pile of mashed potatoes." That sound has been the sound I'm hearing inside my brain this week. Last week I was at the top of my game, ready to take on anything. This week, there's just a lot of dust rolling around up there.

However, in a few short hours, I will be embarking on a bit of an extended weekend break. Here's hoping I find my missing pieces!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


The artichoke (below) was overworked. I am now concentrating on not letting my hand (or my brain) get out of control. Keeping it simple.

This is a tomato from the garden of my mother-in-law. EDM #176, something summer. Although this is something summer, yesterday was the first day I put a long-sleeved shirt on in about three months. I also started teaching my fall session classes yesterday, and my son went to his first day of preschool. Summer's over, at least around here. It was a good one, but I can't say I'm entirely sad to see it pass. I'm an autumn person.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


...foreshortened from the stem end. I'm having mixed feelings about it.