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The blog serves as a collection space for a variety of musings and observations of the world around us...through the use of sketches, drawings, photos, images and videos...intended to be shared and to stimulate thoughts, ideas and inspirations...douglas wittnebel

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fog and drizzle and the Wrigley Building


The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

"Fog" is a poem by Carl Sandburg. It first appeared in Sandburg's first mainstream collection of poems, Chicago Poems, published in 1916.
Sandburg has described the genesis of the poem. At a time when he was carrying a book of Japanese Haiku, he went to interview a juvenile court judge, and he had cut through Grant Park and saw the fog over Chicago harbor. He had certainly seen many fogs before, but this time he had to wait forty minutes for the judge, and he only had a piece of newsprint handy, so he decided to create an "American Haiku”
... and ...

From my hotel window I painted and marveled at the fog and drizzle over the Chicago River and above the magnificent Wrigley building. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mendocino Baptist Church ... Corners of the Mouth

...William Kelly had this church built for his wife, Eliza Lee Owen, in 1894.  The Kelley family had already started a small church which became the Presbyterian church in 1868.  Eliza was Baptist and wanted a church of her own faith where she could play the organ,  “This is my Baptist Church in Mendocino, one my husband built with good faith.  Eventually the Baptist church was reopened as a gift shop called Personal Expressions.  Corners of the Mouth had opened in 1975 just down the street in the Kelliowen building.  In 1976 the businesses switched places and Corners has filled the church ever since.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Flying above the plains of Nebraska

...Flying east @ 33000 ft altitude flying over plains of Nebraska late sunlight colors and cumulus clouds casting blue grey shadows...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Drawing in the Age of Instagram

Here I am introducing some of the conceptual parts of the lecture about drawing to the audience ne at the Herman Miller showroom in San Francisco, CA...

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009
a selection of sketches from the Grand Canyon