pencil drawing of t-rex foot by emily weil

daily painting | toes

I think T-rex toes look like talons, but I have hands-on experience with terrifically fierce and scary hawk feet, so I’m biased. My hopping around the internet found that when it comes to this iconic Cretaceous-period flesh-eater of N America, they are called toes or digits. Fun to draw. I wasn’t interested in tackling the entire T-Rex skeleton at the Life Sciences building on the UC Berkeley campus but the smaller bits were great fun to try and create on paper, so I took out my Lyra water-soluble graphite crayon and did a quick sketch of the T-Rex foot, as our time was winding down for the sketching group. Lordy I wouldn’t want to encounter that guy if he were to come to life. Crazy scary teeth and feet that tore into flesh (mostly of other dinosaurs). Talk about top of the food chain.

I always enjoy gatherings of artists, for I truly feel like I belong. Well I’m writing this on a Sunday afternoon, so I’d best get going if I want time in my studio. I redid an abstract yesterday and was surprised to find I needed to sit and cry (again) while I sloshed paint around. I guess painting opens up the flow of emotions, and that’s almost always a good thing. Thankfully the feelings come and go like storms. They do pass. And some days are wetter than others.

7″ x 7″ water-soluble graphite crayon on paper = $65




sketch/painting of t-rex skeleton by emily weil

daily painting | ribs

I totally forgot how fabulous graffiti is in Berkeley bathrooms; soon I must visit pubs and bars near the UC Berkeley campus for fun and check out the stalls in the lady’s loo. Today was an interesting meeting of an urban sketch group at the Life Sciences building on the UC Berkeley campus where there is a full-scale model of a T-rex (and graffiti marvelousness in the ladies room). It was spectacular, and I haven’t seen one of these skeletal displays in eons (or maybe ever). The sketchers drew fabulous drawings of the bones and teeth and the claws and the tiny arms and I decided I liked the vertebrae and the rib cage so I did that (with my fountain pen and ArtGraf water soluble graphite which comes in nice little cakes). What a hoot. Plus, I always enjoy roaming around that campus as half my family went to Berkeley; my parents went there (and met there, in a chorale group); my bro got his PhD there and my grandfather was a professor at UC (engineering; I never knew him as he died when Mom was 12; my grandmother sewed crazy quilts made out of blue and gold mens’ ties) and my uncle, who graduated from Berkeley, requested that my mom, an organist, play Cal fight songs at his funeral, which she did. She also played the bells atop the Campanile once. Lots of family history there, and I’m kind of into seeking out my ancestors these days. Anyways it was a lovely part of my day and was made even sweeter when banding pal Bill, a fellow artist, also joined the artists. Great to mix things up doing things I never experienced before. Life is rich. I am grateful.

7″ x 7″ Ink, water-soluble graphite on paper = $65