Friday, January 20, 2017

Women's March

Tomorrow is the DC/StL women's march (this Saturday). Here is a mural being created by Henryk Ptasiewicz and Bryan Pease in honor of the event.

I will be down there with Richard Vigil and will no doubt take a sketchbook and camera to take some notes. 

Labor Tribune: Women’s March on St. Louis set for Jan. 21

"Hundreds of St. Louisans will take to the streets Saturday, Jan. 21 as part of a march and rally organized by a group of local women to show unity in the fight for the rights of women and other marginalized groups."


For 2017, this will be changed to a Spanish language blog about art and drawing :

Since the 20th of January will have us a new president, and also will be simultaneously the 10th anniversary of the Saint Louis Drawing and Painting Group on, it will be a most auspicious time to do something meaningful and different. I have been thinking about this for a while. I am going to try to blog about art again for 365 days in a row, but with a twist. In the interest of understanding our neighbors and people who are different and in order to protest/celebrate a nation indivisible, the blog will be published predominantly in Spanish with some translations in English. Let's take down walls instead of putting them up!
Stay tuned for postings!

Monday, December 5, 2016

frank hilzerman: An example of comic simplicity

sunny morning

On a recent trip to the used book store I found some inspirational material.

I was looking for some books to show a variety of things that can be done with drawing. The book on comics was especially of interest since it showed how a few well placed lines can convey such humor and emotion.

On a recent trip to the used book store I found some inspirational material.

Inspirational Gestural Sketches

I was searching ad found this Tumblr page with an inspiring number of expressive gesture sketches. Please check it out.

This makes me want to get a good pad of cheap newsprint and a Prismacolor Ebony pencil and really get into such gestures again. There is a joyful minimalism to it.

It reminds me of the simplicity of some sumi ink drawings that I did in 2009.I have been wanting to re-explore that too. So, I suppose it was a good coincidence that I found the previously mentioned Tumblr blog.

Colleen the Dancer


This post is about changes. I have dealt with some personal loss and pain  recently and without going into details, it feels like a good time to return to center in order to deal with emotions productively. I have depended too heavily on individual persons for support or conversation and need to find a way to sit with feelings and just own them to resolution.

I remember back in 2006 I put a description on my YouTube page that still applies.

"I enjoy drawing and painting, bicycling, reading, languages, monkeying around with a guitar and hanging out at coffee shops. Also, hanging around odd ends of the city drawing whatever is in my head or in front of my eyes at the moment."

I think in the world, we loose track of what is important to us. Also, the politics of the day can scare us into getting off center. I just want to add three more things to that list of things above to focus on now. That would be:

1.) Relationships (friends/family)
2.) Being more involved in local politics of positive change
3.) Professional advancement

All of those things above, I would like to make some progress in ways that I could agree that they are an authentic part of what I do and am.

That's enough of the words. Now the action in this blog and other efforts that I am involved in.