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The Art Geek

Thoughts on technique, experiments with new ways of working, works in progress, or general ramblings. Much of the material posted here relates to SketchUp, to painting in various media, and to drawing. Your mileage may vary. Enjoy!

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The Poetry of Small Things

Sunday, Feb. 21 2010 3:25 p.m. UTC

Work continues on the study for the next painting.

Ideally the painting would be large enough for the figures on the far left to be clearly resolved. Something like 40” wide, 20” high or even larger.

Transfer options:

  1. Export from SketchUp as 'hybrid’ PDF. Bring it to Kinko’s and have them make a large print. Transfer as usual.
  2. Buy a digital projector and project onto canvas like the old-school photorealists. I’ve never tried that but have been curious to.

More Invisible Cities

Wednesday, Feb. 17 2010 2:30 a.m. UTC

3D sketches for a putative future painting.


  1. Fractal design elements
    1. S P A C E
    2. intersection/union/XOR
    3. greebling of plausible architectural forms
    4. people/cars/trees/pets
  2. Transfer to painting
  3. Drawn, weathered surface, like the trailer painting [a long-standing work-in-progress], like weathered/varnished prints on paper/d├ęcoupage.

The title 'Invisible Cities’ is from an amazing book by Italo Calvino.

Last Year

Friday, Feb. 12 2010 2:24 p.m. UTC

Another HPAC figure study from last year — my last?

Reading Python Mindfully, Oil on Wood, 5“x7”, 2009


Thursday, Feb. 11 2010 3:38 p.m. UTC

Barren landscape with helicopter and shipping containers, mixed media on wood, 7×10”, 2010

This painting went through many iterations. What you see here is a toner transfer of a 3D (SketchUp) scene onto the paint surface, with a bit more painting on top. I think this painting actually might be done.

I’m excited about doing more work like this.


Thursday, Feb. 11 2010 3:34 p.m. UTC

Heavy snowfall on Tuesday, which cut the attendance way down at the U of Chicago figure drawing group.

Here are some drawings from that session, with one from the week before. Can you guess which one?

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