Travel

Solar Eclipse from Portland

The August 2017 eclipse marked a shift in focus for me, so I’ll be taking a break from posting here, but feel free to look around at past poetry and more recent artwork.  Thanks for your visit.

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Drums of Summer

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View from Doorman’s window, Montevideo.

Drums of Summer

                                                            —San Francisco 

I’ve showered and shaved and brushed my teeth

Slipped my hips through a pair of loose jeans

So many things I could do tonight

The drums of summer rumble by nine

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Left on Mission to the Tip-Tap Club

Sweaty old hispanos drinking rum

Right on Mission to St Pats Saloon

Bearded burners done dropped outta school

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There’s the Castro, lotsa bars for guys

Bears and buffs and twinks, a trap surprise

How about a hotel bar? The Rex?

Someone’s always lonely in her bed

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I could go out — I could — and I still might

But I prefer to drum right here, to write

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Orange Studies

Stayed home tonight to sketch some drawings based on photos from Montevideo.  Drew rapidamente in ink sin lapiz.  Scared each time I started one, afraid I couldn’t do it.  Did it anyway.  Never quite what I expected, but always surprising in their own unique way.

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San Fran Skyline 3

Another house I started to sketch while waiting for my son to get out of school.  Did a few pencil studies over a couple days, plus a couple in ink.  Each time, got a better feel and understanding of the facade’s design.  So much to learn by just paying close attention.

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The Naked Truth

Went to my first live-model session.  Started off with crayons on scratch copy paper.  Then drew with colored pencils and pastels on construction paper.  Finished up with pen & ink and watercolor.  The model was great and stood zen still for three hours.  The other artists were warm and kind, the light in the room so generous and gentle.

 

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