Monday, January 26, 2009

Right outside

This drawing is a misrepresentation of the apartment building next door to our condo. It really isn't that bad, just a standard brick apartment. Nothing fancy, but the whole of the building is not as bad as this single window. Unfortunately, this is part of the view from our dining room table, and it's not especially beautiful. It's a jumble of wires, and the lower half of the window has a stained piece of plywood in it.

Next time, I'll draw the view from the north side of our building. It looks out onto a beautiful courtyard, and the architecture of our building is charming.

For today, here's the south side. Until I draw the north side, this is "to be continued...."

Friday, January 23, 2009

Red Hot

In all honesty, we don't eat here. We have been here a handful of times since we moved to the south side almost seven years ago, but we probably haven't been there in at least four years. The shakes really are "famous," though, at least in this neighborhood.

That said, I really got sucked into this drawing. I did the initial drawing while sitting in the parking lot across the street, and added the color at home. And at Starbucks. And at work while my students were working on a still life last night. And then at home again. I really got sucked in. In the spirit of full disclosure though, I must add that this sign is supposed to say "red hots," not "red hot." There was a stoplight blocking the "s" while I was drawing, and I didn't realize it was there until I pulled away.

Now that this sign is done, I have a few new spots I've scouted to sit and draw signs from. I have a feeling this could turn into a slight addiction...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Just a bite....

A chocolate glazed, slightly "sampled."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Interior view

This drawing has been sitting in my sketchbook for a long time, unfinished. This weekend, I finally added some color and detail to it. It was one of those drawings (actually, most of them are) that becomes meditative-a calm, focused effort.

As it turns out, I needed the calm while drawing. Dan and I were watching The Dark Knight while I worked on this. Visually, it was wonderful, especially since there were so many shots of Chicago. Heath Ledger was great. However, I have a have had a hard time with violence since I had kids. I know, I'm a little lame. I had to stop watching the Sopranos (which I loved) when I was pregnant with the first guy, and I haven't been able to take anything remotely violent or disturbing ever since. Nature/parenting does that to you, I guess. I know I'm limited now in terms of subject matter, but the fewer frightening things my brain has to process at this point, the better.

This couch has been featured before.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Blue Moon

A quick sketch from the coffeehouse.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Two cold-weather related posts in a row. It is 20-below here, with the wind factored in. Tomorrow will be warmer-it's going to be 2 degrees.

Here I am in warmer times; last Friday night, to be exact. My "Saf-T-Pop" (and the photograph above it that is obscured by the camera flash) were in a show called "Evolving Artists."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


It is truly freezing here. In fact, it's beyond freezing.

Yesterday, in an act of absolute foolishness, I locked my children inside the car. It was running and warm, and they were all buckled in to their carseats, very comfortably. I was the one on the outside, shouting through the window at my three-year old to crawl to the front seat and unlock the door. It took about 20 minutes of intense discussion, but he figured it out. Totally saved the day-and saved me some stress.

The mitten in this drawing belongs to my daughter. She's two, and her accessories are all way cooler than my own.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A slice

Just a little slice of the cake we celebrated my birthday with last week. I've been waiting for this EDM challenge for a while, and it was delicious!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Miscellaneous Michigan Ave. Facts

Drawn on a cozy and snowy Monday morning in the Starbucks on Michigan Ave. at Pioneer Court, downtown Chicago. Some fun facts about this drawing-

1. The Hotel Intercontinental is across the street. This is the hotel where guests of the Oprah Winfrey show stay while in town.

2. The Tribune Tower also across the street, in Pioneer Court. This building is not only the headquarters of the Trib, it is also the home of WGN radio. For a radio fan like myself, this is big. Dan and I crossed the street after we left this Starbucks and took a peek in the Showcase Studio at WGN. This is a ground-level radio studio where the current on-air personality is often broadcasting. I like to see all my favorite radio "people" in person, so I can match the voices with the face.

3. The "ticker" you see in the bottom left corner of the drawing (the black and red sign) is part of the NBC Channel 5 news studio, which is located directly below the sign.

And that's all for my informal tour of this section of Michigan Ave. Thanks for joining us, and enjoy the rest of your stay!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A mighty good line

Small scenes from the Rock Island Line. I did the drawings on the train, and added color later, when I was no longer in motion.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Drawing with Joanna

My friend Joanna and I met about once a week to draw at a local coffeehouse. This drawing was made at the Starbucks in our neighborhood, a cozy little place with good window seats. While we drew, the two of us would chat about anything and everything. She's from Poland, and is full of interesting stories and life experiences. Every time we met, I learned something new, like how she taught herself English when she arrived in Chicago, or how she was hosting her own radio program on a Polish station here.

On this drawing date, she told me all about packing her Honda with her possessions and dropping it off to be shipped back to Poland. And that's where she is now-back home. Perhaps only temporarily, perhaps for good. Either way, I enjoyed our drawing dates together, and our conversations.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The final Sunday of 2008

I was an hour off on the time for the Sunday evening Yin class I take. I guess they changed the schedule recently. In any case, I used about 20 minutes of that time to sketch a nearby building. And then I went inside and got all Yin-ed out. Wonderful!

Monday, January 5, 2009

I'm back, and I have a chair!

Oh blog, I apologize. I haven't forgotten you, and I haven't stopped drawing. I just sort busy. I hope you understand.

I am fully recommitting to our relationship, I swear.