Monday, August 24, 2009

Who is afraid of black and white?

The first painting exercise for school, almost one year ago, involved doing a collage of a painting by Vermeer, 'The Astronomer' in my case. The exercise taught us to see the world around us as an abstract black and white painting, as meaningless shapes in various shades of gray.

Keeping the original, or actually a xerox of the original, upside down, I spent a few days identifying the various shapes, finding a matching value in my set of pre-painted sheets of paper, cutting out the shape with a razor-sharp scalpel and glueing it into position. And this was only the beginning...

Thursday, August 13, 2009


This week's Dr Sketchy's featured Wrong Note Rusty, a young man doing outrageous things with his trombone, an umbrella and a cute little seal. In the final contest, Rusty choose my submission as his favorite, so I was proclaimed winner, and received an otherwise scandalous book with male pin-ups. One day, wealth and fame will be mine...

Saturday, August 8, 2009


One of the students in our residence passed away unexpectedly. I did not know him very well, he was not a Max the Mutt student, but I will always remember him as a kind young man.

A beautiful bird, flying up to New Horizons.