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My Dinner with Andre: A Screenplay by Wallace Shawn
My Dinner with Andre: A Screenplay

nan de la mer, January 1, 2013

I rarely re-read books even though I have a home full of them, but I launched the Dark Season here in the Pacific Northwest this year with My Dinner with Andre: A Screenplay (a screenplay that reads like a book). I have had this same copy since it came out in 1981 so I read it as a 30-something initially, saw the movie, read it again, placed it on the Keeper Shelf. It's a worm hole back in time and the then aging hippie seeker artist/writer (Andre Gregory) has aged will. It was an interesting compliment to Eternal on the Water actually: life, death love.
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The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World by Gabriel Campanario
The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World

nan de la mer, October 30, 2012

This long-anticipated compendium is fabulous from the cover to the last page. Gabriel Campanario does an amazing job of both including of the work of a myriad of other talented and dedicated "urban sketchers," and modestly including just a bit of his own work. But his considered eye is the through line. Seattle people like me know his work from the Seattle Times newspaper where (through some miracle) sketches by him appear on Saturdays. Turns out this sketching is a movement now linked through the interweb to amazing results.
As an art materials junkie I appreciated the interview pieces with individual artists that also included anecdotes about their pens and sketchbooks and colors of personal choice with photographs of individual "kits" often included.
After reading every word and studying every image in my copy I went on to give one to a 92-year old great grandmother artist for some out-the-window urban sketching with her 5-year old grandson in Berkeley, CA, and another to a 30-something artist/writer for use while out and about on public transportation in Juneau, Alaska. Put a copy on your coffee table and let the it-inspired conversations roll.
One could learn to draw from these pages, get some tips and techniques, or simply use it as a travel book to visit most "corners" of the globe.
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