Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Houston Fire Museum

I really enjoyed the historical displays, imagining all wood homes and farmhouses surrounding rural Houston, even as recently as 40-50 years ago (yesterday for the european standars ). Very well preserved fire equipment.The upstairs firefighters' living quarters was interesting but the exhibits were largely blocked by shipping boxes, a play area por children and a smal gift shop with proceeds going to help support the volunter division.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Not your granny quilter

I went to a design conference for modern quilts in Austin, TX recently. The buzz at the conference was that more than a dozen of the "girls" got tattoos during the week at the conference. Not this girl. Quilting has gone mod. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fort Worth Public Market

B. Gaylord Noftsger's Fort Worth Public Market (built in 1930) -- Part 1 of my new Little Texas series on "lost" architectural treasures, "forgotten" neighborhoods, and rural communities that offer a touch of unexpected beauty from an earlier era to those who "discover" them. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Old Car Graveyard

I've been driving past this lot full of rusty old cars for years now, but recently began to eye it as a sketching possibility. I think someone once thought they would rescue these classic beauties, but now they've been left too long and I always think of it as the place good cars go to die. Honestly, drawing cars is another area where I need practice, but this place just called to me. A few lines are pretty wonky, but all in all I'm pretty happy with the result. Oh, and I finally broke down and got myself a Lamy Safari, so there's the added advantage of a little practice with the fountain pen.

Gabi Campanario reviews Jim's book!

Gabi Campanario, the award-winning journalist from the Seattle Times and founder of Urban Sketchers, posted a review of my book Freehand Drawing and Discovery on his blog.  It's a fun read, and includes the short video from the book's Amazon page.  I think you'll enjoy it!  Here's the link:


Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Rim With A View - The Residency


I've just received word from the National Park Service that I'll be spending two weeks in late May/early June as the winter Artist-in-Residence at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. (If you're a flatlander like me you're probably reacting the same way I did when I received the call; "Winter? In May?" Yep, they tell me that I can expect 8 to 12 feet of snow on the ground when I arrive!)

In addition to studying and recording my own take on the natural history of the Park, I'll be working with the Park Service to visually communicate threats to this natural wonder (there are two: global warming, which threatens the lake itself; and Rust Blisters, a fungal infection which is expected to kill off 90% of the White Bark Pine -- the only tree species that will grow at this altitude).

And I'll be depicting the Park's architectural heritage -- the buildings of the CCC and USNFS eras (one of my favorite reasons to visit any national park or national forest in the country).

If you'd like to learn more about CLNP and my upcoming residency, I invite you to read my recent blog post. (http://earnestward.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-rim-with-view-part-i.html

I may find it necessary to revisit the park in summer to see what the ground floor of some buildings look like.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Interested in being the Symposium Correspondent?

Each year the International Symposium has a full-time corresponding who covers all the aspects of the event through sketches and narrative, and makes one (or sometimes several) daily updates to the symposium blog to share the happenings of the symposium with the world.  If you have the talent, energy and desire, and if you can be in Barcelona July 10-14, see the application form below for more details.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dentist Office.

Visit to the dentist, this time of companion. Despite carrying a book, ends up killing this time with :

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Week in a Monastery

Many of you know that spend a week each January in silent retreat at the Gethsemani monastery in rural Kentucky. It's always one of the best weeks of the year, and I consistently leave with new insights and perspectives.  The sketch here captures the small cemetery that each retreatant passes through as they enter the monastery.  Please see the entire series at my blog, www.jamesrichardssketchbook.com
A light snowfall adds to the deep quiet of the monastery grounds, only occasionally interrupted by the church bells.