Sketch of a Saluki

A very simple sketch of a Saluki (smooth variety). Saluki are the oldest domesticated dogs. Saluki-like dogs have been found on Sumerian seals dating back to 7,000-6,000BC; they are in pictures in ancient Egyptian tombs from 2134-1650BC. They are also called Persian Greyhounds, and are an Egyptian desert dog, and often travelled across the Sahara to the Caspian Sea with nomadic tribes. They are extremely
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Solaris

Guess what I was watching tonight... actually I watched Tarkovsky's Solaris last night, along with the American re-make with that just-arrested at Sudanese protest, the arresting George Clooney (while a great sight better to look at, sorry George, and Steven Soderbergh, the director of the re-make, Tarkovsky's film remains a small masterpiece). Tonight it was the interviews with those who worked in
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What is Poetry?

(What is poetry to you...? In this prose poem, I indicated the craft, what wordsmiths poets are, as well as what the essence is to me, but realize that I made poetry sound perhaps rather sweet when there is also grunge, slam, anger, pain. Yet again, as a long-time meditator, I find writing poetry is like the deepest meditation, so the anger and pain are like storms on the ocean, a froth of waves, while
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Sketch of a Sketcher from a Poetry Salon

Sketch of a Sketcher, from my Poetry Salon in March, of Jennifer Hosein, 21cm x 29cm, 8" x 11.5", 2012, graphite, India and acrylic inks, Moleskine folio Sketchbook A4.While I had thought to do wild, expressionist colours, to lose the form somewhat, my muse urged me in the direction of delicate restraint instead. Over many hours I created the colours stroke by stroke with a dip pen. Once I started
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Little Sketch of a Sketcher

Sketch of a Sketcher, 21cm x 29cm, 8" x 11.5", 2012, graphite, Moleskine folio Sketchbook A4. For the first time in the 5 years I have lived in my apartment, I made dinner for some friends. Really I am a recluse. I cooked curry, my usual fare. I had a tiny poetry salon/birthday celebration on Sunday night... 4 of us only, and while each of us read fairly lengthy pieces, the others drew. Thanks
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Video on the Origins of International Women's Day...

Well worth watching for the origins of International Women's Day, and for some Danish history of the building where it all began....Videoed and narrated by Bent Lorentzen, uploaded on March 8, 2012. Direct link: A Danish House United, Divided, then Destroyed."This short documentary captures US street-artist, Frank Shepard Fairey (famous for the Obama icon), working on a mural in the hot Copenhagen
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Dancer in Red and Black

Dancer in Red and Black, 2012, 16" x 20", graphite and India and acrylic inks on stretched canvas.The second image is in my Moleskine, and 8.5" x 11". I was going to continue working until I arrived at a similar place to the image in my Moleskine. My daughter thought that I could leave the painting as a raw sketch with the red and black ink. It doesn't feel 'finished' to me... and so I am struggling
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Dancer - sketch on canvas

Dancer - sketches 1 and 2 for a painting, 16" x 20", graphite, stretched canvas.Truly, I prefer the original sketch to the left best. Shading removes the inner dynamic somehow. The sketch on the right is where it is presently, and since it is sprayed with fixative, there is no going back.                              
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Dancer

Happy with this painting of a dancer in my Moleskine. Why? She is lithe and muscular, and has an elegance. She also looks like she's dancing in an ink painting. Splotches of black India ink move over her; she is situated in torrents of acrylic flame red ink. In her dance, she holds still for a moment and her pose imparts a tension of the energy of emotion. There is life, passion and death here.What
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Drawing of a Young Man

I drew this on Saturday, from life, while wearing two pairs of glasses! An old pair of prescription readers enabled me to see detail at a distance, and a small drugstore pair perched on the end of my nose allowed me to see my drawing on the paper. Hopefully I can get progressive bifocal or perhaps trifocal lenses soon - it was a crazy way to draw! ::laughing:: Though I did achieve a likeness,
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