Illustrated Friday

Wrapped Up!

wrappedJust about the time I looked up this weeks Illustration Friday challenge, Wrapped, Girl2 came bounding out of the shower in her towels.  Usually she giggles and squeals, “Look at my bum!”  Then she runs up the stairs naked.

EDM 125 and Modify

modifyThis week’s Illustration Friday challenge was “Modify.”  While thinking about this one, I happened to look up at the folks with their laptops lining the counter at the coffee shop.  We used to spray paint and decorate the cases of our computers back in “the day.”  We probably still should.

edm125spongeEDM 125, draw a sponge.  I think this is my favorite style of drawing.  The extreme close up still life.  I would like to do one of these on a six foot panel.


shakyThis week’s challenge at Illustration Friday is “Shaky.”

I go against the grain of the art community in most of my politics, especially when it comes to ecology, the economy, and the military.  That is one of the main reasons I wanted to separate The Small Town Big Life Show from The Artistic Biker.  I didn’t want the politics to interfere with the art and vice versa.  I am not a tree hugging, tofu eating, prius driving, latte sipping, hippy like my good friend Mark Dyson.  I do have a healthy respect for living things and refuse to kill things unecessarily.  I didn’t eat at a local restaurant for almost five years because they moved their establishment from one side of a street to another and cut down a 150 year old tree to do it.  Ok, maybe I’m a little bit of a tree hugger.  On the economy, I typically follow that if you support the infrastucture, it will support the people (REPUBLICAN).  You will do better in the long run to support the industries that create jobs than you will creating social programs to support un- or under-employed.  And for the military, I am not a pacifist by any stretch of the imagination.  I agree that the best defense is a good offense.  If you take the fight to them, then there won’t be a fight in your back yard.  Sometimes, war is the only viable option for the security of our nation and our world.  Often, though, I find myself conflicted on whether or not a particular fight is one of those viable options.  I find myself asking more and more often how the comments or actions of a foreign leader actually affect my security.  Sometimes, I even find myself more concerned about my neighbor’s and our leaders’ reactions to those foreign events.  My country has troops stationed everywhere in the world there is a conflict.  Lately, I have been asking if that is simply because we have troops everywhere, or if the conflict is only there because we are.  I’m sure it’s a little of both.  Sometimes, I feel like the little bit of peace we have carved out for ourselves here might be falling away on shaky ground.

Big Boys and Small Cars

unfoldMy son, Boy1, is 6′ 6″ or 7′ or even possibly 8′.  I’m only 5′ 7″ so from down here he just blots out the sun.  He drives a little Chevrolet …sonoma? I’m not sure, but it’s one of those miniature pickup trucks.   The thought of him getting in and out of it fit well with this week’s Illustration Friday theme, “Unfold.”

I’ve been promising the folx on Twitter some photos of my ride to and from work every morning.  I couldn’t really get a good image of the curving roads because of the glorious trees blocking it out.  I probably should have gotten some pictures of the farmland and cows too.  Maybe next time.  This gallery is for you Avenefica! (Biker chicks are hot!)




I tell you what, a three day weekend will really throw off your schedule if you let it.  I have spent this entire weekend planning to get things done, but not near enough getting them done.  It has been a GREAT weekend, though.  I set up for a new painting that I might even get around to finishing some day.  I visited with family and some old friends.  We had a trip to the Zoo.  And I did eventually get the yard mowed.  I’m almost ready to get back to work so I can get some rest.

It is once again time for Illustration Friday on Tuesdays here at The Artistic Biker.  This week, the theme is “Cracked”.  While thinking about this, I was watching The Land of the Lost marathon on the Sci Fi channel.  That made me think about the dino egg I drew for Thing-a-Day back in February.