Oz

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There is something especially nice about drawing horses, with their amazing musculature and gentle faces. I spent a lot of time working on this picture of Oz and I admit to enjoying every minute of it. I realized this summer that I love working on lines in my drawings; I love them so much that I often keep adding more and more lines until the picture is too dark and has lost all its definition. Something you need to learn, as an artist, is when to stop and that goes as much for my little sketch book drawings as it does for paintings.

My Geeky Cubicle

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A pang of reluctance hit me as I uploaded this image, “Do I really want people to know how big of a geek I really am?” I thought. Considering that Jacob works for the penultimate geeky company I think I’m pretty safe.

Some highlights: on the bookshelf there’s Noodle from Gorillaz, R2D2, laptop Buddha (I added the Apple logo), on the desk is a VI mug, a tiny Einstein, a Dalek. Oh, the antique office phone and stain on the cubicle wall came with my business cards and company coffee mug on my first day.

At the very least the photo is an interesting time capsule. I have a photo somewhere on this site of a another cubicle from another job. It’s somewhere in this pile of stuff over here. Hmm, it’s a rather big pile and the cat has pushed a bunch of it onto the floor. Let me see if I can find the picture and I’ll get back to you…

Musicians at the Metro

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The D.C. Metro is known for its clean trains and the innovative design of the stations, but they are not known for having musicians at the stations (except for one event where the Washington Post stationed a world class violinist at L’Enfant Station during a Tuesday rush hour). Oh what a joy to be leaving the station on a Friday evening and to hear these two guys fiddling and picking. It didn’t matter that they were playing the same three chords over and over, it was just a joy to see that our Metro system has some life to it.

Dynamic Brain

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I read somewhere that people will learn or listen better when the right side, or maybe that’s the left side, of the brain is occupied. I tend to do a lot of drawings of the audience members when I’m sitting in a class. It’s fun, but I do get a lot of drawings like this lady who’s sitting ahead of me and in profile.

Too Fussy

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The last drawing I’ll post this year I’ve labeled as “Too Fussy.” There’s been lots going on and I’ve been stressing. On top of that I need a vacation—perhaps an art vacation someplace warm.

Taxi Stand

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Here in D.C. taxis wait in long lines outside suburban Metro stations knowing full well that most people who ride the trains will not also ride the commuter buses. My commute is quite long – from one end of the orange line to the other – and I can often be heard saying to anyone who will listen that the train is fine, but the bus is the worst part of my commute. Petro fumes and start and go traffic all contribute more often than not to me feeling queasy by the end of my ride.

Confession: Atari Keychain Games

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I have a fascination with tiny computers; I had a pocketable Tandy PC-3 back in the ’80s, worked on games for PalmOS, and am still trying to make my Zaurus useful. And I’m a classic gaming fan, with a modest collection of a hundred-odd Atari VCS (a.k.a. 2600) games on cartridge. So, tiny game systems shaped like the original Atari controllers? For me, almost irresistible.
A company called “Basic Fun” recently released three different Atari-branded “keychain games.” They’re tiny, nearly perfect replicas of Atari controllers that plug into TV inputs and play actual video games. Despite having been warned about poor quality by this thread on AtariAge, and despite the personal attacks made by Basic Fun against an Atari Flashback engineer, I cautiously inquired about the store’s return policy, then bought both the Joystick and the Paddle versions, to see for myself.

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