sketching

Plein Air Watercolor: Veterans Memorial Museum Liberty Tree, Katy, TX

This week, I loaded up on the bike and zipped out to Veterans of Foreign War post 9182 to see the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum. Bob Lee showed me around and gave me a brief interview so I could share it with you. The museum has areas dedicated to each branch of the military and memorabilia from every generation of the American military history. Their prize display is a set of the Medals of Honor offered by the branches that congress has granted them for display purposes.

Then I spent a pleasant hour or so setting up and sketching their liberty tree

There’s a video at the YouTube if you would like to hear the interview and watch the time lapse sketch:

Biker Once More

Motorcycle with backpack strapped to it
Azula loaded for an art ride

I bought a motorcycle last October. I told the wife I needed one and she agreed. It’s a 2011 Yamaha Stryker 1300. I will be cruising along wondering why everyone is going so slow before I look down to discover I’m going 90 and couldn’t tell.

I’ve been unemployed (again) for a little over a month. After a morning of filling out applications, sending resumes, I decided to load the art bag on her and take her out for a spin.

30 minutes down the road from me is No Label Brewery. Founded in 2010 they are in an old rice grainery. I thought the grainery would make a nice sketch so that’s what I did.

rice grainery
No Label Brewing Co.
ink and wash sketch
Ink and wash sketch

I did most of it live on Twitch, but it was difficult to get the camera to stay still, especially when the wind picked up. However, I did manage to video most of the process so watch for it on the you tube. I’ll update this later with the link.

Daddy/Daughter Breakfast 30NOV2013

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Now that soccer interruptions are over, and until basketball starts, we’re able to sneak in more Daddy/Daughter Breakfasts.

Daddy/Daughter Breakfast 21SEP2013

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We had a long talk today about the importance of practice. She asked why I draw so many coffee cups. I said because I’m not as good at it as I want to be. She said that I was very good, way better than her. I said I had more practice. She lamented she wasn’t very good and that she would never be able to do it. I reminded her that she didn’t used to be able to walk, but she practiced and now she can run. She didn’t used to be able to talk. But she practiced and now she can sing. And right now, you don’t think you draw very well, but with practice you’ll be drawing coffee cups with the best of them. Maybe you’ll even draw a cat.

Daddy/Daughter Breakfast 21SEP2013

We had a long talk today about the importance of practice. She asked why I draw so many coffee cups. I said because I’m not as good at it as I want to be. She said that I was very good, way better than her. I said I had more practice. She lamented she wasn’t very good and that she would never be able to do it. I reminded her that she didn’t used to be able to walk, but she practiced and now she can run. She didn’t used to be able to talk. But she practiced and now she can sing. And right now, you don’t think you draw very well, but with practice you’ll be drawing coffee cups with the best of them. Maybe you’ll even draw a cat.