Archive for March, 2010

Snyders Tavern

March 23, 2010

Drove past this on Sunday, on my way to hang a show at the Olive Free Library, for their Trail Mix Concert.  I thought it was abandoned, and was surprised to learn it’s still in business.  Now I have to visit the inside of the place. And more of the concert…I think there’s one every month, quite wonderful and worth checking out.This is not inside the tavern, it’s chairs at the library, waiting for the concert.

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Sketchbook: Waiting room

March 22, 2010

It was my birthday, bitter cold and snowy in Illinois.  My daughter was in surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, and her husband and I had some nervous hours of waiting to do.  Sketch models were abundant, so I passed the time scribbling away while he worked on his laptop.  Overheard while I was working on these pages: “…and there was so much blood on the floor, I thought, man, this boy is dead….almost cut his whole arm off…locked  her in the basement with the dog.”  Well, I’d love to know more about that story….

15 minutes…

March 20, 2010

…well, maybe 5 minutes, of fame…or, okay, not exactly fame, but they’re my minutes.  Grey Morris posted this little video of me working on a piece on his wonderful artists’ site, Hudson Valley Fine Art.  http://www.hudson-valley-fineart.com/feat_loel_video.html. If you’re an artist in this area, it would be well worth the trouble to sign on to his site, and if you’re an artist anywhere at all, check out Jonathan Talbot’s arts map and get your studio or gallery listed: http://www.theartsmap.com/.  Grey’s blog is a real treat too: http://greyivor.com/wordpress/

Next pages in sketchbook: Son-in-law studying, with cat Solange….

Sketchbook

March 19, 2010

Wow, I hadn’t realized how very LONG it’s been since I did anything here…I started a blog for the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (www.waamblog.wordpress.com) and when I got busy keeping up with that, I let this one languish.  And…I’ve never felt anyone was really that interested in my daily comings and goings.  My photographer friend Sue suggested I post pages from my sketchbooks, so I thought I’d go with that idea for awhile…sketching is pretty much my favorite thing to do.

I’ll start with pages, a pair every few days if I’m not too lazy or busy, from my current Moleskine book.  I love these sketchbooks, with their solid binding, smooth heavy creamy pages.  I use a ballpoint pen almost exclusively…love the way it flows across the paper, the variations in texture and line I can achieve without worrying about pencil sharpening and smudging.

The first group of pages are from a trip I took to Eureka Illinois, in January. My daughter teaches at Eureka College there, and had to undergo a small procedure to cauterize an errant nerve in her heart.  I had many subjects in the airports and waiting rooms where I spent hours, as well as in the home she shares with her husband, a professor of religion at the same school. This pair of pages was sketched at the Detroit Airport, waiting for my flight to Peoria. (My daughter is fine, by the way!)