Quick pencil sketch.

Eddie Peña

Drunken Whale


And they rock, and they rock, through the sensual ageless ages

on the depths of the seven seas,

and through the salt they reel with drunk delight

and in the tropics tremble they with love

and roll with massive, strong desire, like gods.

- DH Lawrence

Above is a happy, slightly inebriated, whale,  swimming through a sea of red wine. He’s been around the ocean a few times, seen his share of turbulence, but he’s still having a blast. :)

I drew this at the “Draftsmen’s Congress“, a collective drawing dreamed up by Pawel Althamar, at the New Museum. Dalvero Academy was invited to participate, and we drew whales and other visual delights all over the walls. What a fun day!


A pen and ink drawing of a model with my ink bottle and a glass of water to add to the ink… if I choose! Dip pen and ink are one of my favorite mediums to draw with. You never know what’s going to happen when you use it, so it’s always a fun surprise…serendipity!

Margaret Hurst

Collaborative Drawing


       At the New Museum in NYC for the Pawel Althamer’s “Draftmen’s Congress” exhibit with Dalvero Academy yesterday, we had a terrific time! The artist invited people to draw and paint everywhere and anywhere in the gallery space. What fun. Spontaneous drawing at it’s best. Great sense of freedom, it made us feel like kids. Above is a collaboration between a stranger’s painting, my son James and myself. The stranger laid down the splattered background, I filled in the cat shape, and James made the face. Oh and of course I couldn’t help scratching some marks into the paint, kinda like a cat would. ;)   ~Despina



This drawing was made over ten years ago down on the waterfront in Hoboken, NJ. There is a fairly large dock which is home to hundreds of boats all sandwiched together. I can’t imagine what it must be like to park one of them.

Musicality and TP


A little art LIFE LESSON 101: Don’t ever let “the no paper excuse” ever slow you down. Above is a drawing (or two) done in the PlayBill at a recent concert in Lincoln Center. Did you know even Picasso, “the man himself” drew on toilet paper when he couldn’t find paper? Yep, desperate times call for desperate measures, lol. Have a musically magical weekend. – Michele

p.s. Dom, LOVE the drawings of your honey.

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The sleepless nights started that night, 3AM seemed so foreign and now, so familiar.—Dominick

Roman Wabi-Sabi

vl_colosseum_texturesWabi-sabi (侘寂 ) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. (from Wikipedia)

Yes, I found Japanese wabi-sabi at the Roman Colosseum. Beautiful textures crumbling down one into the other, on a foundation of beautiful design and structure. No wonder Italian design is such a strong force, Italians grow up looking at this crumbling, gorgeous, masterpiece. I had a wonderful time trying to depict the many layers of time and texture on the stones, and thought of the many layers of time and texture that happened in this spot.

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Samir Drawing from the studio


Samir trikes again! Looked at Picasso a little bit and played with shifting the shapes.

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This is a drawing I made while I worked out a few ideas for our Seasons of 1482 project. Read more about it here.




As I wrote last week, I spent a day with my family at Disneyland California last week. Despina and I both took time to draw in the “New Orleans” section of the park (a section that does not exist at Florida’s DisneyWorld). Here is a quick sketch of the trumpet and clarinet players from the jazz band.

Greg Betza ©2014

mind of THE master himself

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The next morning God looked around and thought, “the earth needs to be a bit more organized.”  So, He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another.  When He had finished that, God made plants to cover the land.  Dandelions and daffodils appeared.  All sorts of trees and grasses began to grow.  “It’s looking great”, said God and that was the end of the third day.

The next day, God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans.  “I want these waters teeming with life!”  As soon as He said it, it was so.  In no time, there were millions of small fish darting through the shallow water and huge fish swimming in the ocean.  God made birds, too.  He sent them soaring through the air.  “Ahh, that IS good!, “said God.  The dusk fell over the water and the sky grew dark and that was the end of the fifth day.

… and we pray…. with love and light, Michele



Not to be missed, and to think I nearly set this up a week prior but held off. Thursday has come and gone, but the drawings were done.—Dominick

San Francisco Jumble

vl_san_francisco_corner_2010San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area can be a scene of TOTAL ACTIVITY, especially on the Fourth of July, when this drawing was made. Streetcars, bicycles, pedestrians, dogs, cats, birds, sunbathers, tokers, smokers, jokers, lovers, runners, dancers, romancers. What a scene!

Note the use of the thumbnail in the top left corner – design is the best way to control the chaos. On your paper, anyway! I have to say though, the chaos in San Francisco was all peaceful and groovy… not one fight broke out all day. Nice town.

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Drawing of Samir

This is a charcoal drawing of Samir, great model! Got Geometric on him!

Margaret Hurst



jazz band

Jazz band in Disneyland’s New Orleans. It wouldn’t be a vacay without a little drawing. ~Despina

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I spent yesterday in Disneyland California. I’ve spent a good deal of time in DisneyWorld Florida but hadn’t been to the California park since I was a kid. I took some time to draw Sleeping Beauty’s castle. What a beautiful park!

Greg Betza ©2014

Is it here yet?


Enough already! I know it’s just days away, but I can’t help myself..coats off, evening walks, new grass, tulips and buds, baseball and bike rides…spring …spring, where are you? – Michele

Little pups


An early, mid-breakfast, nearly made us late for the bus, request.—Dominick

Fat Tuesday!

vl_fat_tuesdayIt’s PARTY TIME! in New Orleans, as today marks Fat Tuesday, or Carnival, the day before the start of Lent in the Catholic tradition. Although the party has been going since the weekend, I’m sure. I’ve had some wonderful times in New Orleans, drawing and dancing. Or drawing the dancing. This drawing was made in a little club on Frenchman Street, an Afro-Brazilian band was in town and creating some heat on the dance floor. I used graphite and grease crayon to convey the graphics of the situation – energetic to say the least! And this was just a regular Tuesday night – can only imagine what’s cookin’ down there now!

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PS The reportage illustration essay I did of New Orleans Ninth Ward, post-Katrina, will be featured in a new book by Jo Davies and Derek Brazell, Understanding Illustration. The book includes many other talented illustrators, and I’m honored to be a part of it. Especially in the section called ‘Documentary’, which explores the ways that illustration can be a medium of change in our society. Amen to that! If you are in London today, March 4, you can visit the launch party and panel discussion at the Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London, which starts at 18.30. Wish I could be there!