Two Days In a Row!

You’re going to get spoiled if I keep posting this frequently. I’m sure we don’t really have to worry.

The quote: “Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance, and toss them on the wheels of chance.” —Juvenal (55-127 AD)

It’s crazy busy at the office these days, and I feel a little like the fool spinning wildly on the wheels of chance. The work I’m engaged in at the moment depends largely on the responses of others (many others), and I am utterly at their mercy. There will be an end to the chaos, and it will be a happy ending. The middle certainly is a mess, however.

Still getting showings, just no offers on the house yet. It’s certainly a buyer’s market at the moment…sigh. I had to disappear from the house between 7:30 and 8:30 on Tuesday, so I went to the forest preserve and had a late dinner picnic and did a little sketching (the one you see on this spread, and the candle on the previous spread). I returned to my house around 8:35 only to find the realtor’s car in my driveway and the realtor and his client just getting out of the car to go inside. Ah, the joy of selling a home….

Still Catchin’ Up on June


The quote: “The Buddha did not intend his ideas to become a religion; in fact, he discouraged following any path or advice without testing it personally. His dying words, as it’s told, were: ‘you must each be a lamp unto yourselves.'” —Perry Garfinkel, “Buddha Rising”, National Geographic magazine, Dec. 2005.

The background looked a little “Christmas in June” to me, so what better quote than one from Buddha? Personally, I have a lot of faith, but very little religion. Haven’t ever found a religion that “fit”, but my faith has never (thankfully) been shaken (tested, yes, ever tested).


The quote: “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” —Niels Bohr (1885-1962)


The quote: “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” —Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992)


The quote: “Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.” —Leo Rosten


The quote: “He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination—and taxes.” —H.E. Martz

I participated in neither of the rides listed…groan.


The quote: “O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.” —St. Augustine (354-430)

The Doobie Brothers concert at Ravinia was great. My only complaint is they nver played “Minute By Minute”. I’d been singing that song all day long—maybe they sensed it and thought the universe had had enough. Hmmm…maybe not.

Thanks for reading!

May Into June



First a little something pretty. These were a couple of color pencil sketches I did up in Door County.


How’s that for an ugly background?!?

The quote: “Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet.” —Chinese Proverb


‘Twas a busy weekend with a couple of bike rides, and a home improvement project. Nice to be able to do the fun things, but still get something accomplished. I would not have been able to hang that door on my own…thanks Dad!


The quote: “Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, Deep End of the Ocean

Gimli certainly regards me thus. He was very cuddly last night, but it was more due to the cool temperatures than his deep affection for me. I choose to believe there’s a well-spring of love there too…delusions can improve the quality of one’s life immeasurably.


The quote: “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists somewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” —Bill Waterson


Before you go trying to identify the captain of the ship, I have to tell you the two sketches are unrelated. The man rides my train, the ship does not. I did the sketch of him first, but only the hair worked so I gave up on reality and doodled instead.

Datebook and Sketchbook…oooooo…


As promised, my unfinished watercolor from Door County. I just applied paint to the page without doing a base sketch, and I think it really shows. I’m pleased with what I dabbed on the page, however, and it brings the scene quite clearly back to mind.


While I was flipping the pages of the sketchbook, I ran across these taped-in figure drawings. I’d grabbed a small stack of copy paper and a charcoal one evening and went to town drawing from the tv. There was a whole lot of really awful stuff on the pages when I finished, but these were a few of the better bits. It was nice to be able to hack them out of the muck and get rid of the really bad stuff.


The quote: “After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.” —Cato the Elder (234-149 B.C.)

Just One


This is one little drawing that looks better in its original orientation.


The quote: “If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.” —George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I particularly enjoy the flexibility of this quote. The opportunity to substitute so many other professions is tantalizing.

As you can see, I’m having fairly regular showings of the house, just no offers as of yet. Perhaps I should put an ad out with this drawing and text reading, “For sale: This lovely view—comes with a small house attached.” What do you think, a revolutionary new marketing ploy or no?

Now that summer is hitting its full stride, my car is spending much more time in the garage. I’ve been enjoying the full smorgasbord of transportation options: my two feet, a quick mountain bike trip, or a longer road bike trip.

Thanks for stopping by.

The End of April Already!?!?!?


The quote: “An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.” —Unknown. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to claim this quote—such sound advice.

The desultory little sketch was done at the train station the morning of May 1st, and it was a second sketch. I missed the early train, and instead of staring into the distance with a blank expression on my face, I sketched. My train buddies started showing up when I’d just put pencil to paper on this masterpiece, so I stopped.


The quote: “We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.” —Cicero (106-43 BC).

An important obligation we have lost somewhere along the way, and the world is just too small to do without it.


The quote: “If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.” —Yugoslav Proverb

The lamppost drawing was the first drawing on the morning of May 1st, and it reached completion because I missed the early train and had a long, lonely wait until the next train.


Speaking of long waits, here’s the quote I teased you about a few posts ago: “Now your remaining days are few. Live them, then, as though on a mountain-top. Whether a man’s lot be cast in this place or that matters nothing, provided that in all places he views the world as a city and himself its citizen. Give men the chance to see and know a true man, living by Nature’s law. If they cannot brook the sight, let them do away with him. Better so than to live as they live.” —Marcus Aurelius (121-180), Book X, Pros Heauton