Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mike's Last 3 in Michelle's


doodleville pink car (micron & brush fibre tip pens)

it could be a Cadillac, could be a Chevy. Might be a Ford - I know next to nothing about cars... it's just something from the doodleville archives. Soon they'll all be electric anyway! In London, they're installing ''Juice-Points'' where you can plug in your electric car to charge it up for free. Will we look back on the infernal combustion engine with the same nostalgia we now have for steam locomotives? You bet!

the worried man (micron pen & polychromos pencils)

according to, 96.7% of all readings will turn this card during 2009.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Some signs of some things to come

call the wahhhmbulance

Hello, from the slowest person in this entire group. I just finished my bit in Willie's mole. I have 100 reasons (maybe actually 7) why I am so slow, but I bet it doesn't really matter... it just matters that I'm slow. I actually don't even feel like an artist right now and it's got me all angsty and scratching at the page.

pg 1 in Willie's mole

pg 2-3 in Willie's mole

pg 4-5 in Willie's mole

pg 6-7 in Willie's mole

pg 8-9 in Willie's mole

In Jessie's

who will buy gandhi's few possessions? (micron & brush fibre tipped pens)

On the 4th or 5th March, in New York, collectors will bid for the spectacles, watch and sandals of the great Mohandas Gandhi. He had few other possessions so the spectacles alone are estimated by the auctioneers to fetch $42000 - so expect the final bid to be closer to $80k. Members of India's parliament want the belongings of their Mahatma (meaning Great Soul) to be returned to India to be put on public display in a museum.
I was reading a book in Waterstone's by my previous art teacher. I can't remember the words (I wish I'd used my camera phone!) but the gist was how art taught you to see things, to see things afresh etc. The process is certainly informative, I don't think I would have known Gandhi wore bi-focals. A small thing granted but it proves the point. :o)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Book Idea(s)

Hello all. As some of you might remember, late last summer I proposed an idea for a book compiling some of our efforts from this Moleskine exchange. It seemed to have generated a decent amount of interest from most of the members of this group, and fortunately, Andrea had graced it with her blessings.

Some time has passed and while I've sent out some proposals to some companys, I've yet to hear back from anyone. Granted, it's still early and from what I had gathered, you should wait on average of six months to get a response (which seems sort of like a long time to me). I'd imagine there are a billion others with ideas as well, many of which are art-related.

Since the initial post here last summer, things, at least on an economic level had since taken a nose dive (obviously). People are a lot more cautious with their money and I'm sure companies are a lot more reserved about taking chances with certain products. So, with that in mind, I'm wondering if we should resort to one of several options. We can still do the self-published route (Jess, if you're reading, I know you said you had a friend who could help with that, possibly), wait it out and hope we get a bite from a "real" publisher, or simply let this slide and be content with the process/experience and our sketchbooks once they are returned to us. Any option works well for me, and I especially was wondering what you thought Andrea. I know we all have lives - work, friends, family, etc., but hopefully we can get some feedback from everyone here, regarding the book idea. I still think it would be cool to compile a published book with a brief bio from everyone and at least five to ten of everyone's best images. The wonderful thing is, this kind of opportunity is readily available to us now and we have a wealth of wonderful artwork to choose from, from everybody in the group. It probably wouldn't be too difficult to create. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jessie's Moleskine

Poseidon likes Jazz (micron pen & watercolour)

Laundromat Blues (assorted felts & markers)

''Sea bass'' was too corny, even for me. Still loving the jazz; there isn't anything that sounds quite like a double-bass! Laundromat blues is an old Rory Gallagher number (God bless him!) - the opening line always tickles me, ''whad'ya think of that?!, I'm sleeping down at the laundro-mat...''. Who hasn't spent an afternoon down the 'Mat without feeling sleepy? It must be the smell of soap and all that humidity. However, RG probably refers to his stay in a flat (apartment) in Earl's Court - above a laundromat.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

stickers, turning Lemons into Lemonade

I was done doing art in Andrea's mole and was going to mail it off,
but first I wanted to add some stickers to the sticker page. I went
to where my stickers were supposed to be, and they weren't there. I
looked a number of places, tore things apart, couldn't find them. I
decided to make stickers, easy enough, right? Wrong! The first few I
printed didn't print right. In fact, none of them did, really. But I
rolled with the punches, LOL, and did what I could with them. It's
the bluebird of happiness revisited yet again, wishing you all a happy
valentine's day!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Last two in Andrea's ("Mini Galleries)

A gallery of ATCs and a gallery of Photos. I did an extra page spread of photos to share with Andrea because there seemed to be plenty of pages. And I know Andrea like photos.

The Raven Sketches (Three in Andrea's)

All made with pens from Andrea. Plus: colored pencil, gouache,
gouache dry brush.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Checking in

How are we doing? I though maybe we could all check in and see where the books are. Whaddya think?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Text or SMS and Driving!

What Were You Doing When You Should Have Been Driving?

Text or SMS? Need I say more?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bare with me America, this place is messed up!

The forty-fourth man has been in office and in-charge less than thirty days, give the man a break.

President Obama's biggest challenge, in my opinion, is when "Hope" is left to the imagination of the masses, each individual with their own personal agenda, each with their own definition of what success looks like. How does anyone deliver it all? They don't deliver it all, it is impossible.

Remember the quote: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
16th president of US (1809 - 1865)

I am sure Mr. Obama will make many changes for the better and also some which I am personally against (especially when I have to pay for it), but I am hopeful that when all is said and done, and the dust settles on his reign, we will all count it for good.

These are hard times, but America is still the land of opportunity!

A Little Cheese with that Whine?

I keep hearing people whining about their stinking stimulus checks. "Where is my check!?" Grown-ups are protesting and babbling in a childish manner about trivial things. Money really is trivial, is it not? Personally, I would like a little gold nugget because money doesn't grow on trees and writing myself a check doesn't really make my bank account grow. Someone has to pay for it and that someone is you and I...

Dire Straits: "Money for nothing and your checks for free..."

These are hard times...