Urban Sketchers Downtown

The Albuquerque Urban Sketchers went to the Civic Center this morning.  All the surrounding buildings are straight lines, straight lines, straight lines, vertical, horizontal.  Some of us found people, or sculptures, or clocks to draw.  If the pictures aren’t up now, they will be soon. I myself found a taco truck, among straight lines, straight…

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Playing With Two Point Perspective

I went and sat across the street yesterday, and drew our house, making sure I had all the lines measuring up.  The two vanishing points are off the page on both sides, which makes it more difficult. And our house has multi levels, and interesting angles. But as with the last drawing, I love the…

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Hall, With Books. Also the Parakeet Cage.

I am enchanted to find that what I am learning about one point perspective works very well in the service of loose and slightly chaotic drawing, thus: For this sketch of our hall, I carefully worked out the angles — the vanishing point is in the mirror down at the end of the hall —…

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One Point Perspective

In the last perspective class, we learned about one-point perspective.  Best example ever: In da Vinci’s Last Supper, the vanishing point is right at Christ’s head (perspective in the service of symbolism, that); the horizon is actually visible through the window, and all the lines converge nicely.  Thus: So we worked on some one point…

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No! New! Roads!

Urban Albuquerque has a well written and clearly explanatory blog up, arguing for no more new roads in Albuquerque, and particularly not the new plan for the Paseo del Volcan project, which, as you can see if you click on the link, is considered REALLY important by the city government, cause it is going to…

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Geni Hits 100 Million

Geni.com, the genealogy site with the “let’s create a World Tree” goal, has hit 100 million profiles.  Hurrah!   I love Geni, and I’m on the site regularly.  Since they made me a curator, that’s only right, really.  I have a job to do. Since the goal of Geni is indeed to create a world…

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Things I Know About Alice

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Alice — she of the Wonderland and Looking Glass fame. This is appropriate:  It’s the 150th anniversary of the original text.  Happy Birthday, Alice!   I first read the books when I was 5, and they’ve been favorites of mine since then.  And I used to teach the…

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The Old Town Skirmish

During the Civil War, New Mexico was not, really, to be truthful, an important field of operations.  At least, not much, and not for long.  We did indeed see some action — the Confederates invaded the territory with the goal of, eventually, controlling the gold in Colorado (sort of a latter-day Seven Cities of Gold action, really). …

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