Back into the swing.

12 days left. My summer went by very quick, as usual. 3 months of swimming, softball, reading, trips to Seattle, the San Juans, the beach, seeing relatives, and sleeping outside.

The heat didn’t start until the end of June that was perfect for summer ball. I got to play with a new team, girls fresh from Franklin softball and a few I’d never met before. It was great seeing the competing teams again. Since I’ve been playing against some of the girls since I was a wee third grader. Scratch that, I’m still wee.

The pool went up late this year, and for the first time the Hope kids had to contribute to its revival. There were few days where we had to bucket brigade the 2 feet of sludge out of the bottom of the pool, only to have it start raining once we had finished. We poured sand, cut out and put in a new liner and carefully maneuvered a hairless and eyeless squirrel into a garbage bag. We had a great time inside the hexakaidecagon (16-sided polygon), enjoying the echo, the thrill of fixing problems, and each other’s company. And once it was filled, we swam all hours of the day, from 8 in the morning until midnight. Night swimming before heading up to an un-air-conditioned room made it a little more bearable.

During the exceptionally hot period, we slept outside on the deck. I slept out by myself a few nights too, after Mary and Thomas complained of the mosquitos and the uncomfortable chair cushions they were sleeping on. I did get to sleep on an air mattress a majority of the time, so I had a slight comfort advantage. And whether I was with alone or accompanied it was great to look up at the few stars that shined through the city lights. Thomas and I even caught a few meteorites when we slept outside during Perseids shower on the 12th.

Anyways, Mary and I also have begun running. Only for a few weeks to far, but every other day we run or do something equivalent to get our hearts pumping. It is hard to get back in shape but we’re coming along.

Today was the first day of Link crew training and I had a blast. I’m glad to be exited about going back to school. Registration was just last week and it did not meet my expectations in enthusiasm.  But Link Crew was a perfect solvent. I’ve got another 6 hours tomorrow and then only a week and a half until I put my training to use, making the new freshman (one of which is my brother) feel more comfortable. I can’t wait!


Another Sketch Update! There’s a few drawings that aren’t out of the ordinary, a few out of magazines. But then I have 4 pictures that are different. You might recognize them if you go to Franklin. I’ll explain when you get to them.

Parker Bella – Whose family was featured in a Better Homes and Gardens spread.

 Zac Efron

 Tom Cruise, contemplating his split with Katie


 Here come the four pictures. I love drawing portraits, but my problem is that I need my subjects to be still and facing me. That doesn’t come often in my day-to-day. I’ve tried magazines, hence Parker Bella, Zac, and Tom, but magazine pictures are mostly either to small, airbrushed, or at weird angles. SO yesterday morning I flipped through my yearbook.

This is Samantha. Freshman.

 This is Emma. Sophomore.

 This is Lanny. Junior.

This is Mara. Senior.


As usual, click on the picture for a bigger image.

Sketch Update.

Hope your summers been grand!

Click on the images for the bigger picture.

The Sketchbook Project Limited Edition

“The Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Vol. 1 is a collaborative series of art books created by 5,000 artists from around the world.

The Sketchbook Project is an opportunity to express yourself to a global audience.

The Brooklyn Art Library archives your sketchbook and exhibits it to the public. Our storefront reading room hosts the Limited Edition exhibition and makes your sketchbook available to patrons from all over the world — right in the heart of Brooklyn.

Friends, family and other patrons can find your work almost instantly — and you’ll receive email or text message notifications each time your book is viewed.

Every contributor to the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Vol. 1 will be included in a series of art books documenting the project. Together, the series will provide insight into the imagination and process of each artist participating in the project. Bound by the Brooklyn Art Library Press and hand-finished in our Brooklyn workshop, the book series will be published in the fall of 2012.”


These are the pages of my sketchbook. The theme (open to interpretation) was “How to spell and other things to learn.”

Click on the photos to see them larger.

I loved this project. I would always be brainstorming words and setups for the next page. I choose not to limit myself to a single medium and that let me explore the wide range of approaches.

I will just as quickly sign up for the 2013 Sketchbook Project.

Maybe I’m still here.

I’m not sure. Perhaps. You never know.