Friday, December 31, 2010

Sistine Chapel

Interactive view of the Sistine Chapel. Posted it this morning on Facebook. I like it because you can zoom in to view some of the frescoes.

There are a number of sites on the internet, by posting the particular link I am not saying that this is the best web page for the Sistine Chapel - I SumbledUpon it and liked this particular one.

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums. You can visit this site: for their interactive pages. I don't find them very clear and the interactive Flash program is not a hiRes image.

The ceiling and the Last Judgment, I believe, is the only portion done by my hero Michelangleo.

The rest of the frescoes were done by a number of different artist. The wall paintings were executed by Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Rosselli, Luca Signorelli and their respective workshops, which included Pinturicchio, Piero di Cosimo and Bartolomeo della Gatta. The ceiling was originally frescoed by Piero Matteo d'Amelia with a star-spangled sky.

Michelangelo worked from roughly 1508 - 1512 painting the celing and wall.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010
Overall it has been a good year for me personally. I feel good about the year. Yes, I could have been much more productive, but I am happy with the drawings I produced. I am very happy with finally purchasing my Olympus Pen camera. Additionaly I bought Mary a laptop as a Christmas gift. Initially was was mad at me because she did not buy me anything, but she ( I can tell ) is very happy to have her own laptopn to surf the news and whatever mischief she gets into.

The image above is from and ad from an ad company. The parent company is the Publicis Groupe and the ad above is from the Singapore office - Publicis. Their credentials are pretty inpressive and I think they would be cool to work for - That being said.. I loved the image and thought it was a great way to say I love colored pencils and Merry Christmas in the same breath / image.

2011 is going to be a great year. ..much more to come.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes

Quite amazing photography. Not only this particular series, but his landscape and his street scenes are stunning.

Please visit his site and judge for your self.

Photographer Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes heard about an amazing phenomenon on Namib where the desert has invaded some of the abandoned houses in the mining town. The photographer went over to see what these houses actually looked like and the extent of the indoor deserts.
Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes found “the beauty in the abandoned, of the useless, of the time passing by.” The photographs he took to document the occurrence are surreal.
Quoted from

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nuit Blanche


Nuit Blanche from Spy Films on Vimeo.

Beautiful on Vimeo - A fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their fantasy in hyper real slow mo effects.

I tried to embed the video, but failed. Beautifully executed short film.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June 2010

I need to just check in here. It has been nearly a full six months since I posted anything. Everything is going great.
I have to post a picture of my dog. She has been a part of my life, and my family's, for fifteen years. It has been a week since we took her to the vet. She was sick all weekend and simply would not get up, all she did was lay on the floor - such a sweet dog. It broke our heart. The vet told us we can run additional tests and do extensive blood work, but she simply was old and in a lot of pain. I had to make the ultimate decision to have her put to sleep. My son Nick and I cried and agreed that it was the best thing. We called Mary, my wife , and she supported the decision. Nick and I stayed by Zoe's side as the doctor helped her to fall asleep. We cried more and then took her home in a simple, white cardboard box and buried her in the back part of our garden. The people at the vet drew a little red heart on the box for us. My three kids that grew up with Zoe were all there. It was one of the sadest things the five of us have gone through.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Russian Watercolorist - phenomenal

Unable to translate his entire name "Votsmush"... I think his work is phenomenal .. this is his website and, in my opinion, his amazing portfolio.

What Is Night?

Originally posted in Moleskinerie . There is an entire You Tube channel dedicated to Moleskine books. If you read this and know of more sources pleas post them so I can share with others.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010


A new beginning.

Not really... it's only the beginning of a new calendar year. Almost all of us (humans) are compelled to try to start the new year with new ideas and new beginnings.

I do too..but I'm not real dead set on lists. I just hope to accomplish more this year than last. The older I get them more I appreciate the people in my life and the experiences I allow myself to have.

Be inspired.... my mantra most of the time.

Image from one of my favorite blogs, "Stuck in Customs". this image in his Chicago category listing. The people mover at O'Hare on his way toTokyo.