Monday, October 28, 2013


Last week I had a three-day rendezvous in New Orleans with high school friends. Our official high school reunion had been a couple of weeks earlier, which we couldn't make for various reasons, so we convened in New Orleans for a smaller reunion with world-class debauchery.

Just kidding. About the debauchery. Even with the fact that our hotel was at the corner of Bourbon Street & Royal.

Some locals call it Nawlins. Growing up in South Louisiana I called it Norluns. No one in Louisiana knew it was called The Big Easy until Dennis Quaid starred in a movie with that name in 1986. I saw that movie in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1986 with a friend who, like me, had grown up in Louisiana. We thought “Hmmm, I wonder what the name of that movie refers to?” Now there are signs all around Norluns referring to itself as The Big Easy.

When I returned home I painted a digital portrait of my high school pal in The Don't Hurry cafe.
He now lives in Germany, sort of the opposite of Big Easy.

To make sure we were doing the Big Easy thing, we visited The Don’t Hurry cafe, in the Garden District.

If you run out of money while on Bourbon Street you can usually find a part-time job. 
I happen to have advertising experience, so getting a job was not a problem for me.

Friday, October 18, 2013

2 to 30

Drawings from Tuesday night’s drawing group. For three hours poses ranged from two to 30 minutes. The quality of drawings ranged from “toss it” to “keep it,” with most of the “keep its” coming from the two-minute category.

I’m pretty sure there’s a lesson there, but I’m not so sure I want to know what it is.

Two minute pose. 

Twenty minute pose. 

Two minute pose.

Two minute pose.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pink Nude

Another digital print version of an original sketch from the weekly Tuesday night drawing group.

Pink Nude
18 x 24

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Muscular Model

Tuesday night’s drawing group was packed with 14 artists and one pretty darn muscular model. The group has had such good attendance in the past six months that we decided to have an exhibition of life drawings by artists in the group, drawn specifically during a Tuesday night session. We hope to have the exhibit in February or March. Details later.

Digital print from original charcoal drawing.