sb2I love books. I love drawing.  I double-plus love sketchbooks.

Sketchbooks are highly personal things – private places to record and work on ideas. They become a visual diary of what one was doing at a certain point in time. They aren’t the finished art, yet they certainly can be as interesting.

René Treviño, Exhibitions Coordinator at School 33, has organized a great show of local artist sketchbooks. My current sketchbook is in the show.

Curated by School 33 Exhibitions Coordinator René Treviño, “Sketchbook” is an interactive exhibit showcasing the sketchbooks of a wide range of artists from the Baltimore area and from throughout the United States. As an artist and curator, Treviño sees sketchbooks as a safe place for artists to collect ideas, hone skills, brainstorm and plan. Often they become rich documents that reflect a specific time or period of development in an artist’s practice. “Sketchbook” is a presentation of over 100 sketchbooks created by 33 artists. The public is invited to browse and flip through these never before showcased works.

Opening reception  is on November 8, 2013 from 6pm-9pm.
The show runs from November 8, 2013 to December 21, 2013
School33 Art Center
1427 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: 443.263.4350
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm

Participating artists include: Peter Abrami, Carrie Beall, Ed Bisese, Nicoletta de la Brown, Andrea Chung, Eileen Cubbage, Paul Daniel, Linda DePalma, Emily Dennis, Mark Eberhardt, Peter Eide; Matthew Fishel, Matthew Freel, Mitchell Goodrich, Caitlin Harris, Megan Hildebrandt, Alexis Iammarino, Tracy Jacobs, Jim Doran, Jeffrey Kent, Matthew Kern, Matthew Langley, Lori Larusso, Todd Matte-Frye, Greg McLemore, Pierrette Montone, Katherine Nonemaker, David Page, Andrew Shenker, Jonathan Smith, Judy Southerland, Sarah Templin, and Jordan Tierney.




The Hotdog Man

I had a dream this morning and scribbled it into my sketchbook when I woke. This is it.

And they went.



Did you know that pears are the least allergenic of all fruits?



Even Cowgirls Get Chased by Skeletons

Here’s a couple of new things. The cowgirl is from my sketchbook exchange program sketchbook. The other is from the “Seafood” series.

Seafood drawing
Seafood © 2008 Pen & ink, click for large size

Even Cowgirls Get Chased by Skeletons
Even Cowgirls Get Chased by Skeletons © 2008 click for large size


Sketchbook Swap!

I’ve decided to start a sketchbook swap.


Here’s the skinny. We’ll use flickr to post things and communicate with each other.  It’s free, and more than enough.

  1. Pick up a new sketchbook (Moleskine is fine, but not a required), no less than 100 pages and easy to mail.
  2. Write your name and preferred mailing address in the cover, draw something and mail it to the first person on your list.
  3. When you get the next book, you will have three weeks to fill seven pages.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until your book returns to you

If you are interested in participating, please send me your mailing address.  I will finalize the mailing list and we can get drawing!

If you have a flickr account, please join the Sketchbook Exchange Program group.



The Seven Levels of Fish Guts

Seven Levels of Fishguts
[click for larger] Pen and Ink, Moleskine

I like how this one turned out.