Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Drawing

The slightly warmer weather has allowed me to work outside for a few days where I stain Arches watercolor paper in preparation to work over it. Using acrylic paint pens I then make a drawing that is directly derived from my experiences in architectural school. I think of them as abstracted or minimized architectural drawings. This drawing struck a nice balance between chaos and order - the 'building' is a graphic representation of the first thirteen integers cubed.

Untitled (Splatter Tower 2) - India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Arches Watercolor Paper - 26 x 40 inches

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Drawings - Old and New

A few quick photos of drawings, two old, two new, and one a rework of an old idea. Shot on my drawing table as I was organizing this morning. All made on the same Arches watercolor paper size 40 x 26 inches.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicago Destroys Another Architectural Landmark - And A Neighborhood!

Chicago continues to destroy historic buildings and architectural spaces. A few panoramic photos from outside of Wrigley Field at the corner of Waveland and Kenmore Avenues. Compare the recent photograph below of the ongoing construction to panoramas I made in the early 2000s at the same intersection. The Cub organization is reconfiguring the bleachers and adding an electronic scoreboard. They have destroy any connection to the neighborhood and wiped out what was a clever solution to limited expansion, the rooftop decks.

What used to be a stadium well integrated in to the urban fabric will now be a self contained revenue generator for the Ricketts family. They might as well move it to the suburbs, parking would be simpler. Shame on Chicago, shame on the Cubs.

Waveland and Kenmore Streets - March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Grid Variations

I work on the computer in Photoshop to explore variations in the grids I draw - Easy, fast and intuitive. I  don't over-think, and edit after the fact. The possibilities are endless, but I try not to be daunted by that fact. Many of these will never be drawn on paper , but engaging as a series.

Working from the Center
Working from the Top
Adding a Darker Element

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cardboard Nautical Flags

Last year I made a set of 'Nautical Flags' out of recycled cardboard. I took awhile for the entire set to sell, it went in bits and pieces. But recently there was a request for more. I think they are fun, and the motif of each flag is a great matrix on which to let the cardboard, natural and stained with India ink, express its inherent material qualities. And the colors are nice too!

Not much of an explanation in regard to the photos, only to say there is a bit of my process contained in the following sequence.

A recent 'Nautical Flag' commission. 
The specifically requested letters. 
The work table with materials and tools.
Last years almost complete set of nautical flags. 
Nautical flags in color and in black and white. 
Nautical Flag J-Juliet. 'On Fire Keep Clear'. 
A new idea in the cardboard collage series. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

3 New Collages

Came across my bag of cardboard scraps this week, was in the mood to do something a little different, I now have three new collages. As I assemble them my mind flips between building facades, floor plans, landscapes, abstract text, selective color, sculpture, recycling...

3 Untitled Collages - Recycled Cardboard, India Ink, Arches Watercolor Paper - 13 x 10 inches each