Spent the morning sketching at Spring Grove Cemetery with Amy and Vanessa. This is the amazing Dexter Mausoleum with flying buttresses!
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Happy Belated birthday H.P. Lovecraft. A day late but a little celebration sketch after finishing a big project today.
Now back to the grind…
Little lunchtime sketch of Lauren Bacall with some leftover acrylic.
Sketch of Robin Williams from my favorite movie of his; The Fisher King directed by Terry Gilliam. (Also from my favorite scene.)
His monologue from the movie (and scene):
Parry: It begins with the king as a boy, having to spend the night alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king. Now while he is spending the night alone he’s visited by a sacred vision. Out of the fire appears the holy grail, symbol of God’s divine grace. And a voice said to the boy, “You shall be keeper of the grail so that it may heal the hearts of men.” But the boy was blinded by greater visions of a life filled with power and glory and beauty. And in this state of radical amazement he felt for a brief moment not like a boy, but invincible, like God, so he reached into the fire to take the grail, and the grail vanished, leaving him with his hand in the fire to be terribly wounded. Now as this boy grew older, his wound grew deeper. Until one day, life for him lost its reason. He had no faith in any man, not even himself. He couldn’t love or feel loved. He was sick with experience. He began to die. One day a fool wandered into the castle and found the king alone. And being a fool, he was simple minded, he didn’t see a king. He only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king, “What ails you friend?” The king replied, “I’m thirsty. I need some water to cool my throat”. So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life. And he turned to the fool and said with amazement, “How can you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?” And the fool replied, “I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.”
Quick tribute to a friend and fellow sketcher who passed away this week. Jorge had put together an amazing worldwide community of fellow sketchers. You can see some of his sketches here. He was an architect who recently had developed a love for sketching and urban sketching.
It was completely unexpected. His wife said it was supposed to be a simple heart valve procedure. It is a stark reality that there is no such thing as a simple hart surgery and things can go wrong. It makes you realize how fragile life is… My thoughts and condolences go out to his wife and children.
As requested, a sketch of Peter Capaldi as Danny in Local Hero. He kind of looked like Jack Farthing’s portrayal of Freddie in Blandings. (Which is a great show.)
I kept the same palette as the Cardinal Richelieu version.
Playing around in the sketchbook after a day of painting pictures of crustaceans for a project.
In keeping with the Peter Capaldi theme, here he is as Cardinal Richelieu.
More playing with portraits…