Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bikes in Mexico

We saw a lot of bikes in Mexico, no-nonsense, utilitarian models desgned to get you, your family, and/or your cargo from A to B. We saw the three-wheeled model (above) everywhere, mostly being used as taxis but sometimes converted into a mobile newspaper stand or drinks vending stall. The one in the sketch was being used to transport a large cactus (!?).

We saw this fabulous drawing on a wall as we were driving through a town called Santa Elena.

You can't tell from the sketch but this bicycle had wonderfully painted mudguards with ornate patterns. It belongs to the owner of the Sausalito Taco Shop in Tulum and stands outside the restaurant, unlocked, all night. Great food by the way!

On a different level (literally) this is a "Sky Bike" designed to allow tourists (yes, me) to propel themselves through the canopy of the jungle. It was fun!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Drawing in Mexico

The day after my last posting I went to Mexico on a ten day drawing trip with my friend Diane. We had a great time on the Yucatan penninsular going between Merida, several Mayan ruins, and the beach at Tulum. Here are a few drawings from my sketchbook. Above is a fruit stand in Tulum.

This drawing shows a traditional thatched-roof house in Ticul.

This ink sketch was done at the Mayan ruins at Coba. It was swelteringly hot and humid and the mosquitoes were biting so it was a very quick drawing!
More to come - watch this space!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Limited" 70's road bike

Here's another one of my pieces based on the beautifully restrained "Limited" bicycle lent to me by a friend. It's going back to its owner today and I'm going to start drawing a very different model which someone else has been kind enough to lend to me. Watch this space.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

El Burro

No I haven't gone crazy after drawing too many bikes! I saw this gorgeous wire donkey in my friend Diane Komater's studio today. She's a "wireist" and usually does figures, portraits, and sometimes shoes. But donkeys? - this is new! You can see her work at . She also does classes - you can contact her at .

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Save the Date!

For all my bicycle-loving fans out there I have a date for you to put in your diaries:
In mid-April I'll be having an Open Studio along with the other fabulous artists in my building.
Friday April 23rd 6-9.00pm; Sat & Sun 24th & 25th 11-6.00pm.
I'll post a more detailed announcement nearer the time. I'll be selling my bicycle drawings and paintings so if you are interested watch this space!