Observations from the Mutter Museum

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While in Philadelphia last March I had only a couple of hours to spend at the Mutter Museum. Perhaps one of the scariest museums I’ve ever been in. Each turn is filled with medical abnomalies, jars filled with grotesque oddities, deformaties, dusty, sepia-toned formaldehyde jars from two centuries ago with sliced faces, dangling eyeballs and double bodied heads. How does a jar filled with formaldehyde with the label “Moist gangrene of the hand sound to you? The museum is an artist’s paradise.

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The Sentinel Building, San Francisco

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Zoetrope Studios and Francis Ford Coppola owns this great building in San Francisco. Most of the outside of the building has a beautiful copper green patina. The Iron frame of the building was standing during the 1906 earthquake and survived intact.
I did this drawing in my moleskin sketchbook while at the MacWorld convention.

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Moleskin spread drawn at the Bellagio Hotel

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This is a spread from my moleskin which I carry with me everywhere. It’s the small size Moleskin book with heavy paper. I draw each page with a Lamy Fountain Pen, and then smear the ink with a wad of napkin dipped in coffee, water, or whatever I’m drinking.
This page was finished while waiting for tickets to “O” in the cancellation line at the Bellagio. Incidentally, the show is incredible, I’d go again in a minute.
Viva Las Vegas!

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Linden corners, Fayetteville, NY. Moleskin drawing.

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I just wanted to thank Jon Keegan and the Invisible Man for allowing me to be a guest artist. I’m thrilled, and hope my birthplace of Passaic, New Jersey will be proud of me.
( I was in a street gang in 2nd grade, and the only member brave enough to lick rocks, but that’s a story for another day.)
I’ve been teaching Illustration at Syracuse University for 29 years ( wow, that was quick.) and been a freelancer forever.
I’m currently working on my 3rd children’s book “Dinner for Eight” about an Octopus’s dinner party which I wrote and Illustrated. My 2nd book is due in from China in July. “Please don’t eat me” which is about a fish that doesn’t want to be eaten. It is dedicated to the city of Passaic.

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