December 31, 2011

More Christmas Eve Sketches

On the top left is a big rock. That place was lousy with great big rocks. They are really amazing!

Below that is a doodle of the view out of the bedroom windows. You look out at basically a rock wall, but it's not just a wall as there are trees and fallen leaves and more rocks. To the left is another set of windows and lying in bed you can see the trees reach up to the sky. I saw eagles!

December 30, 2011

Christmas in Arkansas

We spent Christmas in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Arkansas (really at the Longbow Cabins, outside of Prim, AR). The drive there was nice, and we must have seen thousands of birds flying and hanging out in in fields and water.

We made it to the cabin just before dark and were actually able to see it. It was precious; tiny but just enough space for us. We could hear the constant rush of water from the little waterfall and creek outside. Later we went out on the upstairs deck and looked at the stars - we forget how many there are!

On Christmas Eve I hiked up the creek a little and sat on a giant rock in the middle of it to make this sketch.

(click on sketch to enlarge)

December 23, 2011

Madison Avenue

December 22, 2011

Studio and Stamps

December 21, 2011

December 19, 2011

More Food in Pen

December 17, 2011

Baseball Hat

December 16, 2011

Otherlands and Article

Here is another sketch from Otherlands. That is the camera of Mr. Mike Maple, a really fantastic photographer who was taking photos for this article in the Commercial Appeal about Memphis Urban Sketchers.

December 14, 2011

Gift Guide for Sketchers

Here are a few ideas for gifts for the sketcher in your life! Or for yourself!

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1. A clever band by Clever Hands on Etsy
2. Pencils! Stick with the B's over the H's for good darks. Here's my favorite brand; I recommend 4B.
3. I love Moleskine sketchbooks, and they now have really big ones: 8 x 11 and 11 x 16! Any size will do.
4. Head over to and get a nice set of pens.

5. You'll need a place to store all of your new pens and pencils, so while you're at, make sure to get a pencil case. It doesn't have to be orange.

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6. If you feel like splurging, get a fancy bag to make it easier to carry all of the sketchbooks, pens, pencils, and orange pencil cases. This one is handmade by Moop on Etsy.
7. Wouldn't it be nice to sketch in comfort! An easy-to-tote camping stool is a good choice for the sketcher who likes to spend some time in one place.
8. Every sketcher should have a scanner. Might as well have one that is also a color printer! This Canon PIXMA MG8120 was reviewed well and looks pretty cool.
9. Brush up on your art skills or learn some new ones! Sign up for a class or give a gift certificate to Flicker Street Studio!

December 13, 2011

Otherlands Coffee Shop

click sketch to enlarge

December 12, 2011

Cocktails in Pen

December 09, 2011

Front Room and Food List

December 08, 2011

Ladies Legs 3

December 07, 2011

Ladies Legs 2

December 06, 2011


My website has been updated
and my Flickr has been updated.
Also just posted to Listwork
and to Memphis Urban Sketchers.
All of this can be found on Twitter.
Have you seen my Tumblr? It's not about anything in particular.
I get around. I might be in the paper next week!
Oops, I forgot Facebook!


All of the sketchbooks of Lapin, French illustrator, from his blog.

Ladies Legs 1

December 05, 2011

Midtown Nursery @ Central and Cooper

November 26, 2011


November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2011

Big Guy in a Little Chair

Sometimes you see a big guy sitting in a little chair and you just have to draw him.

November 22, 2011

Sketch Class Three

I forgot to take pictures of class two. Here are all of the supplies and materials, and below Robbie is sketching the snacks I brought.

November 07, 2011

The Sketchbook, Class One

Last Thursday my class The Sketchbook started at Flicker Street Studio. It's a three-hour class held on three consecutive Thursdays, and in it I help the students get comfortable with the blank page, with sketching quickly and imperfectly, and with thinking of the whole book as one work of art. In this picture a student is collaging back into her sketchbook after sketching for two hours.

November 05, 2011

Sorry for the Multiple Postings!

Sketch Group at India Fest

Coffee Table

Happy Birthday to Shannon!

November 04, 2011

Rhodes College

November 03, 2011

Band Concert at White Station Middle

October 27, 2011

October 31, 2011

Shelby County Clerk's Office

How's this for scary - standing in line to renew your tags on the last day of the month! It wasn't that bad, but I didn't really go on the last day.
Happy Halloween!!!

October 28, 2011


These sketches are from the opening of the Fragments show at Harrington Brown Gallery on October 7th. Because the purpose of the show was to have poets respond to the work of artists or vice versa, the opening was really an event at which the poets read their poems and the corresponding artist's work was unveiled. Due to my lack of comfort with both formality and performance, I sketched the whole time in order to feel more comfortable. Also, it was definitely a sketching-appropriate event.
Click on an image to see the details better. 

October 26, 2011

New York Trip Day 4: Central Park

Goodbye, New York City, 'til next time. I love you!

October 25, 2011

New York Trip Day 4: Mmmm... Coffee

October 24, 2011

New York Trip Day 3: Birdland

October 23, 2011

October 22, 2011

New York Trip Day 2: Drawing in the Dark

click on it to see it larger

October 21, 2011

New York Trip Day 2: Food-Related

October 20, 2011

Conquer Your Fear of The Blank Page!

I hope you'll sign up for my class, The Sketchbook, at Flicker Street Studio. It's fun!
3 Sessions
Thursday Evenings
November 3rd, 10th and 17th 
An artist's sketchbook is a bedrock for ideas, recording impressions, feelings, and thoughts.  The class will focus on shapes, mark-making and shading, while experimenting with a variety of materials.

Sign Up online:

Call:   767-2999

Flicker Street Studio
74 Flicker Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

New York Trip Day 2: Mementos and Water Tower

October 19, 2011

New York Trip Day 1: Total New York Stuff

pizza, Empire State Building, subway, creepy guys

October 18, 2011

New York Trip Day 1: Getting There

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