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April 21, 2018

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The whole concept of downsizing and having a smaller footprint on this beautiful planet intrigues a growing population of homeowners. Not to mention, a life without a 30-year mortgage sounds likes music to our ears. Right?

I made my Tiny House drawings into postcards. If you like collecting postcards or simply love tiny houses, check them out at my tiny store  at designosaurus.etsy.com.

Happy Earth Day everybody!

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This is my drawing of a Largemouth Bass. It was a long cold winter, but now it is Spring and he is very hungry.

Please also check out my latest short video where I attend a Fishing Show and share my Top 5 Picks for kayaking and fishing. And let me know what you think. https://youtu.be/MBc4oGDfgU4

sketch: mockingbird

April 7, 2018

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I see a variety of birds out the window when they are on the bird feeder. I recognize most of the kinds of birds that visit, but there is a new one this year that I have never seen before. It is rather elagant, longer and more slender than most songbirds, and it actually is staying around most of the winter. So I call him “my bird”. Interestingly, he is not afraid of me when I approach. After many searches in guides, I finally know what it is – A Northern Mockingbird. I also learn that mockingbirds are omnivorous, which means they enjoy eating insects in addition to seeds. They are known for their elaborate collection of vocalizations.

My drawing is dedicated to him. It won’t be long before the warm spring weather will bring plenty of food for him to eat elsewhere. Maybe he will sing one more song before he flies away.

sketch: tugboat

July 1, 2010

During the day, I see a nice variety of tugboats from my office window. Each one with its own distinct character, color and shape. Some are grandiose, complete with watch towers and some are diminutive. But all of them have a common daily task – to push/pull massive barges on the East River. Observing these floating workhorses is a relaxing way to rest my eyes from staring at the computer all day. When I have a moment, I sketch this small tugboat which is taking a break and coasting down river.

Have a Happy 4th of July, everyone!

sketch: earthworm

June 10, 2010

Although, not normally a subject I would draw, earthworms have become curious creatures to me. I’ve been collecting worms for fishing and composting. They seem like creepy bottom-dwellers, but without worms, the soil would not be fertile for vegetation.

sketch: cat sleeping

May 6, 2010

I got an iPad, on release day, eager to try it as a new way of creating art. There are already several drawing apps to choose from, such as Brushes. I’ve tried Brushes for the iPhone, but this time, I decided to try out Sketchbook Pro. For my first exercise, I do quick sketch of my cat, sleeping. I am quite happy with the intuitive feel of drawing directly on a screen, as opposed to a Bamboo tablet method. This is definitely the way of the future. I only wish the iPad was invented earlier. For another exercise, I would love to use a stylus to achieve an even more accurate stroke.

Indian Wells recently ended with Jelena Jankovic winning on the women’s side, beating the talented 19-year-old Danish, Caroline Wozniacki. I am pleased in Jankovic’s victory, for she had been ranked #1 in the world, and yet never won a championship.

As for her countrywoman, Ivanovic, she is unable to live up to her win since the French Open, a couple of years ago. The problem is her inconsistent serve.

I am building a series of tennis panels in hopes to illustrate how a serve in tennis. The artwork I created (above) is of course, the first step – the preparation stance.

I am looking forward to the next Grand slam event which is Roland Garros, aka The French Open. The dates for that tournament are from May 23 – June 6, 2010.

Are there any tennis fans in this side of the blogosphere? Who are you a fan of to win the next major?

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