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Ten Views of Virginia

Unamiga de amigos en Montevideo.  Click for larger views.

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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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South America Studies

Heading south to Uruguay in less than a month after fifteen years away.  Getting so excited, I’m sketching the place in advance.  Thanks, Google Maps!

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Birds of South America

                                                                            —Americana arrogantus

When summer comes, los uruguayos perch

Themselves on Maldonado’s Punta shore

Like seagulls, each aims a firm, fat belly

Boiled eggs in salted sun.

                                                     Across the border

Beyond the Rio de la Plata’s breeze

Argentinos strut through Buenos Aires

Proud as peacocks, their tilted coccyges

Bent back, cocksure, as if supporting plumes

Of opalescent eyes.

                                                     Over the Andes

In war-torn Santiago, los chilenos cuddle

Nuzzle—all in cooing, kissing pairs

A flock of plaza pigeons, not people

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I mock them all, yes, yes—but I’m regal

Soaring above, a bald-headed eagle

 

Costa del Uruguay

Found an inspiring summer photo on a Uruguayan Tourism website.  Started off with a wash of watercolor pencils.

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Once that dried, went in and detailed things with more watercolor pencils.

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After adding a bit more blue to the water and sky, plus a few more details on shore, smoothed it all out with a water brush.

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With it cold and rainy in San Francisco, doing this sketch makes me want to peel off my clothes and dive head first into the warm summer waters of South America.  Soon enough!

Moleskine: December

Been thinking a lot of Montevideo… sketched a few things from Plaza Independencia…

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These were done super quick, rapidamente, sketching past the fear that they’d be bad…

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Went last night to the Hotel Rex for a reading of San Francisco travel writers…

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Had to sketch stuff quick before it moved…

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The reading was over in less than an hour… Stuff don’t last long… Gotta catch it on the fly…