May 12, 2013. Happy Mother's Day! God has blessed the world with mothers. They hold this world together. They patch the knees of renegades, and bruise their own in prayer for runaway souls. Thank God for mothers! Today a little practice page of thumbnail sketches- just a record of miniature compositions that want to some day grow up.
May 10, 2013. The end of another week, and we celebrated by picking up our son from the airport with all the 8th grade kids, as they came back from a ten-day history field trip to D.C. and all the national sights. Here's a little page I was working on today after work.
May 9, 2013. Looking for beauty- it is all around me. Focusing on what is good, what is excellent, what is upright, what is pure. Hoping in the future- trusting that God knows what is best for each of us in this life, and being willing to accept each day that he gives.
May 7, 2013. I'm very happy to be alive today. I've seen car chases on television, but never been so close as last night. I was considering changing lanes, then decided to stay to the right. I was on a one-way street. In a flash, a car came head on toward me- had to be going 80 mph, missing my car by inches. Soon about 8 police cars came following at a distance. By God's grace I live another day, as well as my wife, daughter, and exchange student who were with me. To celebrate, I sketched this little city scene, and am making it available for sale on Etsy for $15. In addition, I've uploaded a few other original drawings from the past that are for sale. (Etsy link)
May 4, 2013. We spent a couple hours in Emeryville, California today. I found this spot and just had to stop and sketch it. Emeryville is situated between Berkeley and Oakland somewhere, and everyone wanted to go to Ikea, so I got to meet Paul and Antoinette by this old factory thing. Paul and Antoinette have lived in a motor home at the base of this factory for three years. They build their own funky bicycles and spray-paint them bright gold. They loved my drawing and I loved their bikes. In the video, you can see them riding over to me. I should have interviewed them for the video, but didn't think of it until later. Drat.
May 1, 2013. I did a sketch of Kento, our exchange student from Japan tonight while we were at Peet's Coffee in Castro Valley. The Bay Area weather has been getting hotter every day. Tomorrow is supposed to be 90 degrees. It's hard not to start thinking about summer when it's like this. My daughter is home from her first year of college already, so it's fun being all together again.