There’s a Drawing in my Purse – San Francisco



Here it is January 6th in San Francisco and it looks like this. It’s warm and clear – no snow. (Those guys playing football, yesterday, they looked cold. Kaepernick went sleeveless and didn’t wear any gloves.)

Meanwhile back in California, I’m drawing with warm hands. I’m thinking of adding to my purse a moleskine sketchbook . My new years resolution was to make a drawing a day. I’ve already broken my new years resolution. Yikes! What kind of start is that? My goal is to keep my bag light. That means bare minimum – not heavy. I’m already carrying my water bottle. The basics include my wallet, my iphone, a pen or pencil, some paper and a pair of glasses, dark or regular whichever pair isn’t on my face. Oh, and a lipstick.

The trouble with drawing in one of the moleskine sketchbooks is the drawing becomes precious. You have to do one good drawing. You can’t just do 5 drawings which includes some warm up drawings. That’s the best way to draw. I guess the best thing to do is just draw on any paper that is around. I have no excuses. I can draw with my iphone app, Brushes, if I don’t have any paper. I may want to add some color. I could go back to carrying my 2×3 inch watercolor box, a small rag and a travel brush. Or, just pick up a flower or some grass and smudge it on the paper to add a little color. I’ve got lots of options.

An Armload of Diamonds from Shanghai

The sequins or diamonds idea came from the influence of seeing Li Chen’s sculpture at the Frye museum in Seattle. Eternity tableau, a clay-and-wood installation, that takes up a big room, has at its center a 12-root ruling figure holding sparkling diamonds in his arms. He, clearly, is the leader—  his entourage, mill around him.

Under the tulips – collage mixed media 6″ x 8″

Moleskine sketchbook – graphite pencil 3″ x 12″ open

Spirit House

Living with the little box at home has changed my thinking. It has clearly shown me that it is a sculpture. It claims a lot of attention. It makes shadows for me to admire. It surprises me. It is just there. Even though it is only 5″ wide it takes up a lot of space. It keeps saying to me,  “I am a spirit house.”