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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In Which We Begin To Think About Perspective

I started a class on perspective Sunday; the first session, besides the housekeeping, which always takes up a big segment of any first session of any class, was simple foundational work in horizons — low horizon, mid horizon, high horizon.  This seemed essentially simple to me, which was sort of worrisome, given that many of…

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The Rail Runner: Yes and No

For the last couple of months Laura has been working at an internship up in Santa Fe, for a law firm that gives her nice lunches and treats her very well.  It’s a lovely job. But it entails commuting from Albuquerque — that’s an hour drive each way.  So it’s LOVELY that there’s an express rail…

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Post-Holiday Errands

So there was December, and I was ill and all, and there were holidays, and it was busy, and what with one thing and all a Bunch Of Stuff did not get done. And now it’s the new year!  Hooray!  So I ran errands. First there was the last of the Christmas gifts to mail…

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Let’s All Ask Ourselves: Does This Actually Fit In My Truck?

One of the things we’ve noticed, now that we live in Albuquerque, is that it’s apparently the custom here to stack all sorts of items in the back of your pickup truck, neglect to tie them down — or, conversely, tie them down but only just a little bit, on one corner — and then drive off. …

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Somebody Out There Is Making Prickly Pear Candy (But Not Me)

We’ve got a pretty big prickly pear cactus out in the front of the house — you can see it there on the right hand side, in front of the gate — and in my enthusiastic appreciation for the lovely house and getting to live in Albuquerque again, and in my desire to really appreciate all…

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Update on Some Dolls

Here’s what I’ve been doing in my spare time lately: getting the small but well loved doll collection into shape. Some examples follow, for those of you interested.  First, the oldest (and most magical) of the dolls, Emily, a china head doll from 1860, needed new clothes (none of her original clothes exist): And a…

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What Breaking Bad Missed

Yeah, yeah, you all already saw all of Breaking Bad, like, when it was actually running.  But my method of watching tv shows is mostly to wait until they are over, and then watch Netflix streaming while I’m working.  Late to the party, whatever. And so I am watching it now. So. It’s of course excellent,…

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