We spent Saturday packing for a trip to to Lair of the Bear, a UC Berlekey Alumni camp ground near Pinecrest. Families reserve their tent cabin for a week and return each summer—each week isn’t just time to let the kids run around lightly supervised, it’s also when families rejoin and spend time togehter, with each other’s and also other people’s. It’s a special place.
We joined Cameron’s family for a half-week.
I packed some art supplies so that I could create while we were away. During the plentiful down time, I wrote and drew an hour every day. This is between swimming, hiking, meals in the mess hall, and cards. (Four days straight in the water—pretty sweet, right? Happy April.)
Day 1: I sketched our neighbors. But it felt wrong. The short, minced lines communicated a lot, but really nothing at all.
Day 2: I switched and used my trusty Tombow marker instead of the micron. Strong lines, simpler shapes, it looked more honest to me.
During our hike to one of my favorite places on earth, Cleo’s Bath, I snapped pictures of interesting flowers. When we got back, I sat down on an adirondack in the sun and drew my favorites. Flowers are so alien if you look at the closely enough. What’s better—one big flower or many tiny ones? I vote a tiny bunch.
Thanks for laying your eyeballs here. Practice, practice, practice—it makes my idle hands happy.
We attended the Hey Marseilles and Rogue Wave show at the Independent last night.
Halfway though the set, I started to look. Really look. Hard. And when I do that, sketching is the next thing.
Because I just want to see if I can put together some lines as I see them. It’s fun. And well, why the hell not?
Here are my rough sketches. Performed in a dark room with 200 strangers.
And, of course, a little Instagrammin’ to fully document the night.
I watched the Wayne White documentary, Beauty Is Embarrassing, this weekend. Although he’s not on my original inspiration wall, Wayne White now up there next to the best of ’em.
For those of you not familiar with the name, you know his work. He created puppets, was several voices, and helped build the weird-o world of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. After quitting Hollywood, he started painted and is now best-known for phrases painted into thrift store canvases—like Sexy Paintings By Sexy Painters For Sexy People.
Reinvention, humor, notgivingafuck, curiosity, resourcefulness, quick creativity, constantly making things — it’s all there. He uttered the above statement, “hot glue and cardboard, makes the world go ’round.” I scribbled this down as something to bring into my little studio world because yes, I absolutely agree.
If you haven’t seen Beauty Is Embarrassing, I recommend watching it. And a fun fact: did you know Mark Mothersbaugh did music for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse?!
P.S. You totally need some Pee-Wee’s Playhouse in your life today. Here, have this bowl of Ice Cream Soup.
Construction leftovers make a delightful canvas. Thank you, neighbor, for “donating” this material. Presented in order of my favorite to my least favorite side…
What do you think I should do with these?
You can do it too…
- Take out a piece of paper.
- And find your favorite marking utensil.
- Start with A or pick your favorite letter.
- Draw as many variations of that letter as you can.
Don’t think about it too hard. Just do it. You’ll feel much better afterwards. Promise.