Whimsy, dreams and bike ride…

June 4, 2019
Sam Vance

Speed Bump Ahead. Pen & Ink, Goauche on paper. 8 x 10″
I was out on the bike yesterday when I came upon this sign. It made me laugh, thinking about recent events in my life I was like, “Thanks for the warning.” We don’t always get such an obvious sign along the way but I was grateful for this one. I also like the play of shadows on the bike trail.

I’m reading Mad Enchantment by Ross King about the life of Monet during his time in Giverny. Monet continues to be the gold standard for me (and for a lot of artists). We visited Giverny two years ago and it was simply magical. The painting above is yet another attempt to appropriate the color and the loose brush strokes that Monet is famous for. He makes it look easy. And it’s not.

Relic. Pen & Ink, Watercolor on Paper.
We were sitting in the car, waiting for Max to get out of his cello lesson when I noticed this old phone booth. I went over to give it more close inspection and discovered that the old coin box had literally been pried open, metal hanging all over the place. But this is the kind of beautiful disaster that I love to draw and paint.

Way West. Pen & Ink, Watercolor on Paper.
I don’t know what this started out as but most recently it was a Marijuana dispensary on Aurora Avenue, redeemed shortly afterwards by a Spanish speaking church, La Iglesia de JesusChristo. Love it.
Moving Day. Pen & Ink, Watercolor on Paper.
Sometimes I wake up from a dream and draw what I see.
The Long Road. Pen & Ink, Watercolor on Paper
Add Bardahl Oil. Pen & Ink, Watercolor on Paper
Balance. Pen & Ink, Watercolor on Paper.
I got a lot of reaction from this one. The furthest response came all the way from Spain. Also from a dream…

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