New Year, New Datebook, New Game

Please pardon the date inaccuracy here. I actually went to the Nelson’s for New Year’s Eve to eat, drink, and play games. It was a wonderful treat, and a pleasant way to see 2007 come to an end.

This year, I’m going to attempt to do an illustration on every spread of the datebook. I’ll try to find fun quotes to illustrate, or some momentous event either in my life (ha!) or history, or I’ll fall back on the Everyday Matters’ list of drawing assignments.

So let’s hear it: Frosty and Reiner go toe-to-toe, who wins?

Tee hee. It’s ok to groan.

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Into October…Finally

Yep, I know we’ve been in the month for a bit. Some of us more intensely in the month than others. And for a particular set of someones who are experiencing it a bit too keenly: comfort, hope, peace and love.

The quote: “God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.” —Jacques Deval

The quote: “Sometimes creativity is a compulsion, not an ambition.” —Ed Norton

The quote: “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” —Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

The quote: “Hard work never killed anybody, but why take the chance?” —Edgar Bergen (1930-1978)

Ah levity…what would we do without it? Weep all the time? Maintain the constant flat? Those are no ways to exist.

The quote: “Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.” —H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Deary me.

An observation: We learn things in the course of time, and the things we’ve put on paper up to that point sometimes gain new meaning the light of the things we’ve learned. Sometimes too, we can go into the past (on paper) and imbue the things we find there with additional meaning in light of the new information. It adds a new dimension, but for the very life of me, I wish the new information had not come into existence.

Peace and love. A whole lot of love.

Pages!?! We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pages!

I beg to differ.

The quote: “We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” —Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

This is a quote that, it could be argued, has outlived its time. Skepticism and cynicism are my usual first reactions these days. Of course, I still get suckered every now and again by a certain parent who shall remain Dad, so I haven’t lost all the naiveté just yet.

The quote: “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” —Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), in Forbes magazine

The quote: “The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.” —Luis I. Kahn

The quote: “Last night somebody broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates….” —Steven Wright

I hate it when that happens.

The quote: “I dwell in possibility…” —Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

The quote: “Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.” —W.C. Fields (1880-1946)

I wonder if the hairs on the back of his neck tickled as I sketched my fellow commuter…nah.

The quote: “If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” —Moshe Dayan (1915-1981)

The church steeple is loosely based on one you’d find in my new hometown. Easily visible from the train platform, I drew this in October. I’ve been a little behind in my doodles, so I did several all in one day.

The quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

I can’t believe you didn’t know that…duh! 😀

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Datebook Dump

And it still won’t get us up-to-date.

The quote: “If you take the letters of the word ‘coat’ and rearrange them, and replace the ‘c’ with a ‘g,’ you get the word ‘ogat.’ If you rearrange that you get the word ‘goat.’ Amazing!” —Kevin Cornell (

The quote: “While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.” —Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)

The quote: “The world is not yet exhausted: let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.” —Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

I didn’t do any of the things listed on the 19th. The concert turned into dinner because the weather was bad.

The quote: “Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.” —From Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard

The quote: “Hold on cause the world will turn if you’re ready or not.” —K.T. Tunstall

There was far more going on than these pages would indicate. Really, there was.

The quote: “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” —G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

I did make it to the Port Clinton Art Festival. I didn’t do any drawing for the Sketchcrawl, but I gave myself credit for doing something “artsy.”

The quote: “I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound—if I can remember any of the damn things.” —Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Sorry, no time for quotes!

Still no time…

Finally found time for a bike ride and a BBQ! But not enough time to farm a quote.

The quote: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. you mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams

No problemo, I think I have more than one little spark. ;-D

The quotes: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” —Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for—in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” —Ellen Goodman

The quote: “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

I believe I was feeling some relief and optimism at this point.

The quotes: “Let not the sands of time get in your lunch.” —National Lampoon

“The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.” —Plutarch (46-120 AD)

The poem: “To see a world in a Grain of Sand,/ And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,/ Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,/ And eternity in an hour.” —William Blake (1757-1827)

There will be more datebook posts…have no fear. Isn’t this enough for one post?!?

And We All Go Marching Along

No quotes, just the stage winners of the Tour de France, a little pencil sketch of a sweater chest. and one of those awesome maps from Smithsonian magazine.

The quote: “Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.'” —Charles M. Schulz via Charlie Brown

Having had a few sleepless nights lately, I can empathize.

The quotes: “Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one’s balance and keep afloat.” —Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

He carefully avoids mentioning that sometimes no matter how much swinging and flailing you do, you might not stay afloat. That was probably a little too glass-half-empty for him, and far less funny.

The other quote: “Let us go singing as far as we go, the road will be less tedius.” —Virgil (70-19 BC)

I suppose that depends on the quality of the singer’s voice. Perhaps whistling is the better option? Just a thought.

Trees in sketch inspired by them thar funny ones they got linin’ the sidea the road in France.

No quotes on this spread, just some rides. Every now and then I hop on my mountain bike and have a rejuvenating bike ride. You might remember the variety from your childhood. You’re tooling along the bike path and a ferret crosses the path (which one really did on Saturday), so you hop off your bike and watch it run away, stop, look at you while you look at it. Then you get back on your bike and have a go-slow test—you see how slow you can ride before you fall over. Then you take a trail you’ve never taken. Then you stop to eat a granola bar as you sit by a lake and sketch—the sun beating down and the wind blowing the pages of your sketchbook. Then you get back on you bike, stop to fill up the water bottle and squirt some over your head. You stop along the way whenever a butterfly catches your attention, or at the top of a bridge over the river, or in a particularly appealing bit of shade.

It’s a far different experience than taking a road bike out, watching the miles tick by as you regulate your effort and deal with drivers. It’s been my experience that butterflies are far less confrontational than drivers. Ferrets aren’t confrontational either…in case you were wondering.

If you were sitting where I was in Independence Grove, you’d notice that I’d forced the perspective a bit in order to get the bridge into the picture on the far left side. But you weren’t sitting there, so I guess I need not have told you. Ah well, a secret given away is one that doesn’t need to be kept.

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