Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sketching on the Laptop

On my trip to visit my mother I got bumped in Phoenix for a couple of hours due to weather on the East Coast. My new HP tablet laptop is small enough that I can sketch unobserved, though I actually drew this a little later on the plane, from memory.

This guy was mysterious. He was wearing a long heavy brown coat with things dangling from it. His hair was white and his skin was pale: could have been albino. He looked to be in his thirties, maybe forties. The hat was the oddest thing- it looked just like the picture here. He wore knitted fingerless gloves and his sunglasses could have once belonged to Jackie Kennedy. As he walked through an aisle to find a seat, a man in his 70's recognized him and spoke to him with great respect. Who was this guy?

His girl friend had long dark hair with red and purple clumps going in wild directions. She was almost cross eyed. They sat down and played cards. He didn't take his gloves off.

(not that great a sketch, but amazing to draw on your computer in an airport!)

Here's one of my mother's porch:

I reread "Ship of Fools" by Katherine Anne Porter, on the trip. It wasn't as good as I remembered, and so very bitter. I was once on an awful cruise to Germany a long time ago.


Linda said...

So who is this guy? Someone must know.

I don't know what Vista is, but judging from what I've read about it today, and judging from Jesse's cartoon (!!!) I don't think I want to know.

Jesse said...

I reckon that rocking chair is getting mighty angry at the table. Frog looks rather concerned by the affair, perhaps he is planning to escape the crossfire.

Bottom sketch be quite lovely. :)

Yes Linda, Vista is the antichrist. I just bought one of the last Dell Laptops you can get that still come with XP. And if you get a machine with Vista, it's probably built from hardware for which no drivers exist save for Vista.

I just thought of the perfect way of expressing my misgivings! HAL9000 ran on Vista. Nothing more needs to be said. :)

sal said...

lovely fun loose drawings

sal2 said...

I was moved by Tillie Olsen's book "Silences"; she discusses Katherine Anne Porter.

Namowal said...

I want to know who the mystery weirdo is too!

Please, tell us more about the awful cruise to Germany.

Sally said...

Sal2, what did Tillie Olsen say about K.A. Porter?

No identification of mystery man? Hmm, some kind of weird Western musician? I was thinking his outfit reminded me of the time traveller in my latest cartoon. The hat he was wearing would have been good at a rough and tumble Pilgrim's Thanksgiving event.

sal said...

It's been so long I can't remember details, but Silences is about how difficult it has been historically for women artists to be able to make art because they've always been so busy taking care of their families. It's quite sad, thinking of the art that could have been and has not been made. K. A. Porter is one of the women writers she mentions often, I guess because she did produce, but that's all I remember... It's the kind of book that will make you want to produce!