Category Archives: guerrilla portraiture

I Painted the Two Lovely Brothers at Spider House

My brother and I had a horrible relationship growing up. We fought constantly. We had dirt clod fights (they hurt), grass spur fights, and we broke each other’s things (I stuck my finger through the wings of his radio-controlled airplane). The fights escalated after my dad died to such a level that the neighbors called […]

I Sketched the Tattooed Woman at SpiderHouse

She was a very pretty woman. She and her partner were conducting business with Conrad. I overhead a bit of conversation – they were talking about signage, in the fashion of the tattoo. The woman had several tattoos – the most prevalent was of a lioness.

I Sketched the Punk Rocker at Spider House

I’ve been working; some of you may be wondering. I have formed an art club with three artist friends that I worked with at Les Amis almost 30 years ago. At our weekly meetings, we have been going to Spider House, and drawing for 4 to 5 hours. They are not into painting, so I […]

Yucking It Up Quietly at Epoch

Which one was the Mastermind of this collaboration? One of them may be the boss, but the creative genius seemed to be the guy to the left. He was working on some website, and occassionally, the sophisticated guy to the right would pop up and go look over his shoulder. They would snicker and shake […]

Hipster in Black Shawl Collared Coat at the SpiderHouse

I went to Spider House to meet my daughter, yesterday. It was sunny, and crisp. The two of us were not able to sit together because it was too bright for my daughter’s laptop. I found the perfect table, right in the sun. Very few people were outside, and I soon found out why: it […]

Couple at SpiderHouse Patio by the “Mannekin Pis”

I painted this couple, enjoying a warm snap that we had – it was beautiful that day. They were seated at a table right by the “Mannekin Pis” (replica of the famous Belgian “Pissing Boy”). It was such a good composition, I could have painted several different versions, if I had more time.

I Painted the Pretty Hipster at SpiderHouse

We had a beautiful, sunny and warm day here in Austin last week. I went to SpiderHouse with Erin Park-Markert, one of my art students, to meet my daughter. We sat out on the patio, right beside this large group of “hipsters”, as my daughter calls them. They had pulled two tables together to accomodate […]

Conducting Business at Epoch Coffee

She came in and sat down with a coworker at the storefront table next to me. With her shiny black hair, and the widely woven houndstooth coat were just too good to pass up. I was in the middle of painting her profile, when her phone rang.  It seemed important. There was an interchange of […]

Girl Genius Writes Code at FlightPath Coffee

My daughter and I went to FlightPath Coffee during Finals Week before Christmas. This young brainiac came in late with her friend, and snagged one of the best tables. I don’t know if she knew how lucky she was – probably not. These Einstein- types can be totally unaware of the world around them. She […]

I Painted the Guy in the Panama Hat at Epoch

He was reading the paper, and chatting with two girls at Epoch Coffee.  He had his folded hands resting on his forehead for just a few moments – long enough for me to get the gesture. He seemed to be  filled with the youthful optimism that everything will work itself out for the best. But […]