Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mummy Takes a Nap Whilst London Rains

When she wakes we'll go down to the Narrow Boat and watch the canal with pints of English ale in our hands.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


It was a cold day in early April that I came cycling down the road from Florence and beheld this view. It was the end of my day, give or take. I had decided to camp in the Val d'Elsa, and this was one of the first views I painted.

Petrognano is little more than an old manor, decayed and gorgeous, adorned with pines and several century's accretion of farm buildings. Perhaps somebody lives there. Perhaps the last descendent of an extenuated clan whose forefathers fought Florence and lost. Or perhaps not.

These days there are olives. I expect there are rental properties for those who like to vacation in the Tuscan hills. There's no store of any sort, although it doesn't matter because several larger communities are within easy driving distance. Biking distance too, if you don't mind hills.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

the detective

I wanted to make a picture about a detective. But everyone is a detective, at some point or another.

Therefore, I drew my father.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Waverley Abbey at Night

Drawing these few pictures reinforced to me that you can always tell the original from the folly.

There's some background information and a related drawing by Romney here.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Fall down boy

Drawn from life with various markers and china markers. My pen malfunctioned towards the end, hence the blot where his thumb should be.

This was drawn in around fifteen minutes. The pose was supposed to last longer, but some positions are harder than they look.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Communist Block Vodka cups

Something new for the New Year: Tarragon gives us a set of vodka cups, handmade to evoke the crumbling ruins of the late Soviet era.

It is to be hoped that he will later make something based on the modernist highlights of the same architecture.

I haven't tested them with real vodka yet. Will they work better than the House of the Soviets? We can hope.