Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sagrada Familia sketch

A little tiny piece of Sagrada Familia. There's no place to sit down outside so I had to hold the pad in one hand while drawing which made things all wobbly!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

La Pedrera attic sketch

Apologies again for the bad contrast.

This is the attic of Gaudi's La Pedrera in Barcelona. It is a twisting series of hundreds of catenary aches (the shape of a hanging chain but upside down). It is a magical space, like being on the inside of snake with windows. I think it is one of the most, if not the most, beautiful space I've ever been in.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Casa Batllo sketch

Forgive the lack of cropping and contrast correction, I don't have access to my usual editor suite. This is a small section of the casa Batllo fascade. When I lived in Barcelona this house was not open to the public so today I got to see inside for the first time which didn't disappoint. Unfortunately it was so crowded that there was no place I could make a sketch.

Barcelona gothic cathedral sketches

For me one of the pleasures of vacation is having little or no plan -- I see less but feel more relaxed about it. This morning I strolled over to the gothic cathedral in Barcelona (I've been there many times before) and just sat and drew images.

I love the intersecting lines of the arches in the gothic style. The arches in this particular church have a interesting asymmetric large-small-small-small rhythm. The intersections where the main supports hold up the central bay as well as three other smaller bays are very complicated tangles of these converging patterns. I can sit and stare at them for hours, absorbing their intricate masonry.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Traitwise Beta 2

We're pleased to announce the beta 2 version of our health-engine "Traitwise". We've simplified question making, added discussions, and generally improved a lot of things. Please come and check it out -- and tell your friends and family!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Vent Hood 1

Today I started on a mosaic for my vent hood. I'm more or less shamelessly copying one of me favorite local artists Aly Winningham who did the candy island mosaic in the Whole Foods mother ship. Her stuff looks a hundred times better but she has, after all, been at it for years!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Final tree mural

I finished up the tree mural this weekend by painting the air duct grills and going back over it with a lighter pink to blend in the branches a bit. Thanks for Michael and Holly for the help.