Dying Brushpen

 Posted by on April 19, 2009  Drawings, Location Sketching
Apr 192009
 

Here is the death-rattle of a dying brushpen, expressed in the form of a fuzzy sketch of the Palace Of Fine Arts here in San Francisco.

What beautiful weather we had here in San Francisco this past weekend. Saturday I went on a long walk across town, to be a part of a Birthday Celebration that evening in the Mission district. Sunday, I went to see the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown, which is normally my favourite parade, due to the colour and spectacle and the fact that it is always held on a bright sunny day (by contrast, the Chinese New Year parade always falls on a drizzly day and the Carnivale parade is usually overcast). This year’s Cherry Blossom parade was fun, but a little lacklustre compared to those from previous years.

On my way home, I went to say a quick hello to my old pal BILL CONE, at the artist’s reception of his new gallery show Light, Water & Granite, being held at the Studio Gallery. I suggested to him that his brain is clearly wired differently than mine to be able to see, and represent, colour and light in the wonderful way that he does. I am unable to reproduce scenes in that way myself… He responded that the great thing about humans is that we are all wired differently… Which sounded profound at the time… but I later realised it was just a nicer way of saying “Either you got it or you don’t, kid!”

Hee hee

Bill’s magnificent Plein Air pastel studies of the Sierra, done over the past 4 years, will be on display until May 10th. Please go and see the master of light working his magic.

  4 Responses to “Dying Brushpen”

  1. Don’t worry, Jamie. You’ve “got it”!

  2. Why you Rascal! I oughta…
    I can’t do what you do either, so I’d say we’re even, pal. Thanks very much for stopping by the opening on Sunday. It was great to see you and Bosco.

    b.

  3. Roque>> Thanks Bud.

    Bill>> It was great seeing you too, Bill. Plus, seeing your work was a major inspiration too. I am hoping that I can brow-beat Dave Gordon and Tony Stacchi into a sketching field-trip like you have been doing.

  4. Brushpens. Sometimes things are even better when they’re on their deathbed. Great sketch!

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