Author Archives: artconsp

A Journey in Five Drawings

North Carolina.  I am a guest at my cousin’s house. Technically, she’s my first cousin-once removed. We looked it up. The place is charming and neat—tended to, I would say. Young couples seem inclined to pay attention to certain details that often give way down the road. They’ve still got the energy and have yet to […]

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Vanishing Bainbridge

Working on my sketch of the old Bainbridge Lumber building, I find myself wondering. Is it still standing?  During my last visit to the Island, I hadn’t heard of immediate plans for demolition, but it’s inevitable right? From my perch halfway across the world, affection for this clunky blue structure wells up in me. There’s […]

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Inside the Moat

Sometimes when you least expect it, small endeavors huddle up, start talking to each other, and conspire to become a major project. Here’s a good example. My street sketching practice has officially become an obsession and how could it not with so much vivid subject matter all around? Chiang Mai is a treasure trove of […]

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A Blue Motel

Zion, Utah. Monumental. Magnificent. Magical. Lofty words woefully insufficient to describe the landscape surrounding me. Rich bands of burnt orange, pink, and yellow reveal the architecture of time, weather, and water. In the cracks and along ridge tops, feisty bands of green define contours like stripes on a zebra. Every quarter mile or so, I […]

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The Color Pink

What do you think about pink? It gets mixed reviews. Some regard it as sickeningly sweet and associated with Pepto Bismol, princesses, ballerinas, and Barbie dolls. On the other hand, it’s bright, playful, and upbeat. Too much could drive a person mad, while the right amount makes us smile. Maybe it’s all about proportion. I’m […]

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About a Mural

What so special about a mural? It’s not decisions regarding color or line—those are the same as in a traditional painting. The rules of composition remain constant—creating an eye path, establishing focal points, addressing the edges, distribution of light. Similar tools are employed: paint, brushes, rags, gloves, mixing knives. So what’s different? Your first guess […]

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Art in a Time of Anxiety

Above: “The GOP” 2017 The most profound lesson I learned in studying art history, is that art reflects the time in which it is made. It speaks to popular culture, economic shifts, historic events, and political winds. Art is not created in a vacuum, nor is it contained within studio or gallery walls. Artists often […]

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