Wednesday, June 12, 2013

113. L'Inconnue de la Seine


Haven't been to class for a while, because I had to write, but I think I'm pretty close to being done and school's out and I've had a few days off, so...a study of the (alleged) death mask of the "Unknown Woman of the Seine." Good story there.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

105. June 13, 2012

 Last class of the semester. These are all, for what it's worth, rather large: 2.5' x 3.5'- ish.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

104. May 23, 2012

A few from the last few weeks.

"The Creative Gene"

The very stylish new Cate School Bulletin recently asked me to write a short piece about the prevalance of painters in my family. (The painting above is a woodcut actually, by my mother, entitled "Birches.")

Heres a snippet:

  •  The point — if we must identify some influence, some monkey-see monkey-do element to growing up in the home of an artist — was the extraordinary stubbornness on display, the constancy involved in returning to the same room every day, closing the door and taking up those same nuts and bolts again, and again and again and again, surrendering to the same indomitable compulsion without complaint, without fanfare, without comment. Just being the tortoise instead of the hare, that was the point.
I provide two links: one to the article itself, the other to a flash version of the entire issue, which is dedicated to the arts at Cate. "The Creative Gene" starts on page 23, and includes more paintings by family members, including my aunt, Meredith Abbott, and my cousins, Robert Abbott and Whitney Abbott. But the whole issue is terrific and terrific looking. Congratulations to Sarah Kidwell and her right-hand man, Jarred Ray, for putting it all together.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Central Park: an anthology

If I'm not mistaken, yesterday marked the release of CENTRAL PARK: an anthology. Edited by Andrew Blauner, the collection contains pieces by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, Francine Prose, Jonathan Safran Foer, and a bunch of other fine writers. There's one by me as well, entitled "Beastie," excerpted from a much longer story by the same name that I wrote a few years back.  In recognition, I include here a number of illustrations I drew for that complete version.

Congratulations, Andrew!
(And here are some places to purchase: AmazonB&N.  IndieBound.)
(Also, if you'd like to read the poem that inspired Beastie, it can be found over at

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

99. March 29, 2012

new brown pencils for my birthday. We're between formal classes now and working in a tighter space, so these are smaller sketches, in pads. 9"x12"-ish. Five minutes and ten minutes.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012