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drawing: blue jay

April 15, 2017

blue_jay_by_al_lau

The Blue Jay is a clever North American bird. Although the population of Blue Jays in the eastern US declined after industrialization, they eventually adapted and learned to survive in urban environments. They even expanded their range throughout the midwest. Without even seeing a Blue Jay, their loud squawking is recognizable. Blue Jays are omnivorous, mostly consisting of nuts, seeds and fruit in their diet, they also can eat insects and sometimes rodents.

My birdfeeders are not big enough for the Blue Jay, but sometimes they make a cameo appearance. When they do, it is treat to see them.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover all !

sketch: ice skater

February 18, 2017

ice_skate_away_by_al_lau

It’s a nice long Presidents weekend. A good time to go outside to ski, snowboard or ice skate. What winter activity do you like to do?

tennis two-handed backhand

February 3, 2017

tennis_two_hand_backhand_by_al_lau
The Australian Open had both awesome Men’s and Ladies’ finals. The Williams sisters faced each other again, like old times. And the veteran Men favorites, Nadal and Federer battled in a nail biting 5-setter. Those classic match ups may never happen again.

Being in the cold Northeast, I look forward to the tennis event from down under because I get cabin fever this time of year, in frigid Januaries, and that warm Aussie sun seems to shine through my TV screen and warm up my living room. You can also say, it is my superbowl.

My drawing of a tennis player is performing a two-handed backhand return shot. Swoosh!

illustration: clams

January 13, 2017

clams_by_al_lau

The earliest clams first appeared 500 million years ago. Clams are a bi-valve mollusk. Unlike oysters and mussels which need to be anchored to rocks in order to survive, clams burrow themselves within the sandy bottom of the ocean floor.

Although clams may look uninspiring, they play an important part to healthy coastal waters because of their role in filter feeding.

I am experimenting with a new type of art pen which gives me a finer line. It reminds me of when I used Repidograph pens in school. Drawing clams formations is a good exercise for me to study contours and detail. So with my clam sketches, less is more.

drawing: go cubs go!

November 4, 2016

the_cubs_batter_by_al_lau

This was the best World Series as far as entertainment and the history of the two teams involved. Both have not won a Series in a very long time. And both teams were clearly at the top of their game.

It was an uphill battle for The Cubs. Having lost twice at home at Wrigley Field and deflating hopes of their fans, The Cubs had to comeback by winning two games just to even the series out, in Cleveland. They prevailed and it went sevens games for the decider.

The seventh game wasn’t without its drama. The Cubs had a nice lead, but then in the eighth inning, the Indians evened the score 6-6, and then a rain delay came. Perhaps, this gave The Cubs time to collect themselves because they punctuated their determination by scoring two more points in the 10th and final inning.

The 108-year-old curse for the Chicago team was finally broken! Congratulations to The Cubs!

drawing: the oak tree

October 22, 2016

oak_tree_600yr_by_al_lau

Long before Henry the VIII was the King of England and long before Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous painting Mona Lisa, an oak tree began its life, 600-years ago. Generations of American Indians enjoyed the shade underneath its long branches. Even George Washington was here, during the revolutionary war.

Sadly, now, the old oak tree is dying. It is showing its age. There are steel props and support wires applied by caring people, desperately holding up its heavy branches.

The New Jersey town is understandably distraught. It is like a family member is going away and so is piece of history.

I visit the gentle giant to witness its grandeur which still stands next to a church in Basking Ridge, NJ. I am so glad I did. In own my way, I honor the amazing tree by doing a little sketch.

drawing: tiny house

October 1, 2016

tiny_house_by_al_lau

Do you like to travel to different cities and yet feel at home?  Don’t want to be stuck in mortgage debt for rest of your life? Well, Tiny Houses are becoming a popular life choice. You can customize it to fit your needs. All for only $20K to $50K!

Whoa. I’m starting to sound like a commercial announcer. I’m not, I’m just an artist.

My drawing, here, is a traditional style tiny house, complete with vinyl siding, tin roof and plenty of windows for lots of natural sunlight.

The big question is:
Can you live in 200 square feet of space?

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