All my work on the Shakespeare Project has finally come to its fruition with the publication of Volume One of four volumes in the adult coloring book series. Funny, a year ago I’d never heard of coloring books for adults, and now I’m publishing my own. Pretty amazing. You can order the book here.
Last night I had the pleasure of reading names at graduation. Before the ceremony I had fun hanging out with students. I never miss graduation because, except for a wedding, it is about the most life-affirming event one can attend — full of hope for the future in ways that few things are in life.
A student sent me this via email with the following message: “Here is the collage I made of you for IB Art. Thank you for being my muse.” This is the sort of thing teachers live for.
It was quite a surprise to see that the graduating senior class voted me as one of their two favorite teachers. I never buy a copy of the yearbook, but it’s always great to have one’s picture in it.
There was also a short write-up about me and my newfound artistic endeavor.
The Crucible audiobook is now back at its original site: www.yourenglishclass.com.
I finally got a battery for the Polaroid Land 250 camera I purchased on eBay. I aimed it at a flowery vine creeping up a wooden fence in our backyard. The results were pretty good for a vintage camera.
When I send postcards to friends, I often draw a picture. My friend, the novelist David Winkler, loves the literary characters I draw. He’s always been a fan of the short stories of Raymond Carver, so this one was fitting.
I’ve alway liked the writing of Kurt Vonnegut, so he was a natural choice for my first attempt to draw a likeness of a famous writer. I think I captured a pretty good Kurt.
This is another in my taxi cab series. These watercolors seem to be the most popular art I create. At least more people tell me they like the loose style and my use of color. What I’m trying to capture with these is the sense of emptiness and loneliness oftentimes endemic to urban environments such as industrial work areas. Plus, the aesthetics of old cabs is appealing.
Another sketch of a famous composer, this time Hector Berlioz. My process is simple: I print out a picture of the composer and then pick up a No. 2 pencil and sketch the likeness on a small sketchpad. That’s all there is to it. I plan on working my way through the visages of several hundred composers.