Archive for July, 2020

Recent Work, Take One

July 27, 2020

Number 346

When the pandemic hit, in mid-March, I had to change my drawing routine.  For one thing, I started to number them, on the verso (that is, on the flip side of the page).  As I write this, in late July, I’m up to nearly 400 drawings.  The numbering system covers five sketch books, for now.  This can get a bit confusing but it’s fun.  It’s a sort of puzzle or a game.  I needed to create new rituals for myself.

Number 124

I used to do most of my drawings on the bus or at restaurants.  I’d draw while waiting for a movie or a concert to start.  I’d draw while standing in line to get my tickets.  Now, I no longer do any of those things.  Maybe someday some or all of them will return.  I try to get take-out at the eateries that are still open, yet it’s rare that I do so.  More power to them!  I look at people’s art and listen to their music on the computer but it’s not the same.  I get burned out on the computer.  Plus it’s not good for you to sit in place for too long at a time.

Number 304

The sizes of the sketchbooks include 6 by 6 inches, 4 by 6 inches. 3.5 by 5 inches and 2.5 by 4 inches.  I’m used to the smaller sizes as I’ve always been drawing on the run,  Now that I’m stuck at home, I need to start doing some larger work.

Number 118

I used to make art on the run or on the fly.  When that got ruled out, I had to set a new routine.  When I’m working from home, I do one or two drawings before I get to my proper work.  Then I do some more art work in the evening.  When I’m not working from home, I do 5 to 10 drawings, all early on.  It helps me to wake up.  I also read a little and listen to the news or to music.  Every day is an experiment or an improvisation.

Number 111

Number 367

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Number 370

I’ll try to post some of my new work  here in my blogs.  Some will appear in social media including facebook, instagram and twitter.  Another new project involves videotaping my wacky puppet performances.  I keep busy and work hard.

Number 344

Strange Sunday

July 24, 2020


Strange Sunday


Last Sunday, July 19 was a full day.  I started it off by doing this drawing called Strange Sunday.  It’s a unique piece.  At 9 by 12 inches, it’s slightly larger than most of my current work.  It’s done in grey, black and blue ink with a little pro white and colored pencil.  I used brushes and pens, including the bamboo pen, which I hadn’t used in a long time.

It was raining, even storming in the morning.  Eventually the weather cleared up.  This added to the flavor of the day.  We went and visited my father.  I hadn’t gone to visit him since March 9th, due to the pandemic.  I saw him briefly at my mother’s funeral.  We had a masked and distanced visit though we did do elbow bumps when I took my leave.  He looked through two of my recent sketch books and enjoyed doing so.  Jennifer and my sister Gazine were there too.  I just missed seeing my brother Michael.

When I got back home, I did a short puppet show which was videotaped by Jennifer Gariepy.  Hopefully it’ll be the  first in a long series.  I did other stuff last Sunday too, but these three things were highlights.



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The puppet show from June 19th:



The June Issues of The Poetic Express

July 8, 2020


It’s been a rough and crazy time, but I’m working hard and trying to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.  So far, the worst of it was losing my dear mother.  She was 91 and had a good life, yet still….



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Here’s a separate version of the June 2020 SURREAL THEATRE:



If you’ve not seen it and are interested, I wrote this about my late mother, Elizabeth Greenia:


The first 32 years of the Poetic Express can be accessed here: