Saturday, April 30, 2005

Sidewalk Arts 2005

Ah, Sidewalk Arts favorite day in Savannah. Lots of locals, tourists, and dogs come out to watch us compete for big money prizes. It started off pretty smoothly...

1. Everyone's waiting around for 11 am, the moment we can begin drawing
2. My empty square, number 76. This year I decided to draw Napoleon, who I've been wanting to draw for a long time.

1. This is about 15 minutes into the drawing. The SCAD On Demand people came to interview me so look for me later on the SCAD website looking like a nervous fool.
2. Now I'm starting to really separate colors and values and give form to certain shapes.
3. A lot of people still kept asking, "So who's that supposed to be?"

1. After 3 hours of furious drawing, Napoleon is finally complete.
2. I don't walk around until I finish. Can't get distracted by the competition.
3. Here are some squares that stood out to me for various reasons..

1. Here is a well drawn copy of a Normal Rockwell painting.
2. I thought this was funny.
3. "Famous Last Words...Trust me!"

1. A lot of people paint a more flat, graphic look.
2. Even if you think you can't draw, you can be creative. These girls turned their squares into a putting green.
3. If you live in Savannah, then you know who this guy is.

1. Out of nowhere, thunder and lighting announce a storm at about 3:00. Luckily, I got a spot under this tent.
2. The afermath of the brief but severe storm. If your drawing wasn't washed away, then it was probably under water.

1. This picture (same as above) is before the rain...
2. And this is the exact same view after the rain. You can faintly see Napoleon there at the bottom struggling to say alive.
3. Here's a close up of my rain-soaked square. I know chalk drawings don't last forever but this was a little too ephemeral for me.

Right after the first crack of thunder they announced that the event was basically over. Usually they announce winners in the afternoon but I'm not exactly sure how that's going to work this year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Fruit For Sale I sold my first painting today to a nice visiting couple from Atlanta who happened to see it up in the hallway. It wasn't really up "for sale" so I was suprised. I was sad to part with my painting but it's good to know someone else will enjoy it in their home. I'm sure it'll look much better if they decide to frame it, but that depends on their setup at home.

Here I am back in the day painting it in the cold of winter...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Lowly Underpainting

Working on a still life in the apartment today. Don't critique me just yet, this is just the lowly underpainting.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Buenos Dias Bonaventure

This picture was taken in Bonaventure Cemetery a few days ago. For a second there the entire property was taken over by pink azaleas but now they've wilted. Nonetheless it's still a pretty nice spot for landscape drawing. As you can see, it's been a while since I've made a new entry. I have added a new illustration to my website along with a few other minor changes.