Sunday, August 24, 2008

Free Time

Whoa, sorry I fell asleep at the wheel on the blog for the past couple weeks. Haven't had much free time lately, though I miraculously found some earlier this week. Here's what I did with it, starting on Thursday when I decided to force myself out of the studio for....

Jimmy G. ambitiously tackled a street painting with the Fox Theater in it, while I walked down several blocks to paint a burger joint I've had my eye on for a few weeks. A variety of interesting characters passed by as I sketched. I liked what this guy had to say to a passing woman:

On Friday, I met up with my fellow local illustrator buddies, Tiffany Prothero and Christine MacTernan. We went into San Francisco for a good ol' fashioned photo reference and research gathering field trip at Fort Point, a now defunct garrison directly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. We split up after a short while being there. I was trying to find a place to paint, but it was too windy. The two of them were half-searching for ghosts.... though I don't think anyone's ever died there. Nevertheless, they tried to spook me into believing by tossing a rock while I wasn't looking. They did manage to scare me - I thought the fort was crumbling.

After Fort Point, we took a walk near the Legion of Honor, then drove to nearly the opposite corner of the City to get some sketching done in China Basin, before topping the day off with appetizers and drinks at the Ramp Restaurant.

Saturday was spent at a friend's wedding. This sums up how I felt about it.

Sunday was spent recovering from how I felt about it. I did it by going down to Saratoga with Alex, where we met up with Brian, a close friend and climbing buddy, who agreed it would be a great day to do some bouldering at Castle Rock State Park, despite our various maladies and mishaps.

I look productive topping out up there, but I should say I looked like this most of the time:

Have a great week, everyone!


Francis said...

I really like your work. Great stuff!

JimmyG said...

Damn Mike, I need to quit my job and hang out with you more. Then I can get more painting AND climbing done. The burger joint looks great!

Ben Foster said...

That caricature of Tiff and Christine is spot on-- damn spot on. I loved it. It's great to see you back and see all the stuff that you continue to dip your fingers into.

"TORI CAT" said...

I really love your colours and expression in the painting of the crane!!!
So pretty!!
I loves it!!

Thank for sharing!

Best wishes,


Mike Dutton said...

Hey Francis, Thanks!

Jimmy - Don't quit Jimmy. You'd end up like me, painting burger joints instead of eating from them. ;)

Ben - Tiffany and Christine got a kick out of that cartoon too. :) Good talking to you earlier today!

Tori - I'm humbled. The work on your website blew me away - I spent a good chunk of time taking it all in, especially Favelados. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Liquid said...

You are talent......RAW!


Pleasure to have found ya'!