Thursday, December 12, 2013

2014 Design Trends

According to iStock in an infographic:

Infographic: 2014 visual trends, November 2013

IMHO, #11 has been a little over done at this point, plus it always makes me hungry.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

From a magazine photo

It reminds me more than a little of my cat, Gimli's, grooming ritual. Gimli is more intimidating...has to do with proximity, I think.

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Gone Bananas

Cooling in the shade of the garden yesterday before the storms, I started a sketch of my dwarf Banana tree. The thing has tripled in size since the spring. Applied a little Micron and some Derwent watercolor pencil this morning.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Riots in Istanbul as Reported by a Sketcher/Blogger

harika: tear gas and lemons: I tell you, it's madness outside. These are photos I took in Talimhane, next to Taksim Square. A few hundred of us were squeezed into...

I wouldn't have know this was happening. How sad on so many levels.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Lake Michigan 24

Lake Michigan 24 by nlemmel
Lake Michigan 24, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

It was a lovely, soft, still morning.

Lake Michigan 23

Lake Michigan 23 by nlemmel
Lake Michigan 23, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

Taken Feb. 24. Sometimes it takes me a while to get around to posting these...sigh.

A Flickr comment on the LM #22 was, "Looks bleak." With sunshine it felt better, but still looks bleak.

Winter can't last forever, right?

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Wealth Inequality in America

An eye-opening video detailing the actual wealth distribution in America with clear info graphics to help you wrap your mind around the numbers.

via Swissmiss

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lake Michigan 22

Lake-Michigan-22SM by nlemmel
Lake-Michigan-22SM, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

Chilly day for a picnic, but there's an empty table! There were quite a few park benches available too.

Hard to see in this cell phone snap, but there are chunks of ice floating around on the lake today.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013


Moleskine018Sketchcrawl by nlemmel
Moleskine018Sketchcrawl, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

Racine-Kenosha (or Kenosha-Racine) Write & Sketchcrawl was today at the Kenosha Public Museum. Under what other circumstances would you ever see a duck on a fox's head?!? :-)

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Lake-Michigan-21 by nlemmel
Lake-Michigan-21, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

There's this great effect that happens over the lake now and then. When the cloud coverage over the lake is heavier than that on shore, it looks like there are mountains on the other side of the lake. These were taken from the first and second floors of the Kenosha Public Museum.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Moleskine: Laughing Universe

Moleskine: Laughing Universe by nlemmel
Moleskine: Laughing Universe, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

The text is "The Universe Itself Was Laughing..." From The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eiseley.

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Friday, February 01, 2013

Random Art Prompt Generator

Search for and found:

Creator requested a share (amongst other things), and I can share for now, at least.

My first assignments (like a fool, I asked for 5): a large city, an unnatural eye color, an elaborate ritual or ceremony, the texture of silk, and wistful glances.

We'll see. Neat idea for those staring at the blank page moments when I look around me and see all the familiar objects I've considered before, and rejected offhand.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Moleskine 2013: Wee Bee

Moleskine 2013: Wee Bee by nlemmel
Moleskine 2013: Wee Bee, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

This bee and a batch of his/her buddies contributes to the common good more than I do. I find that humbling.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Weekend Sketching

I sketched this from a photo that appeared in The Nature Conservancy's magazine, 2012, Issue 3.

Not real happy with my rendering of their faces, but it's a sketch.

Wonderful familial relationship depicted amongst the usual sad tale of shrinking territory and the resulting cost to chimp and human alike.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Predrawn Day

Predrawn Day by nlemmel
Predrawn Day, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

Thursday hasn't happened yet. There's a better than average chance it will, however, so I feel confident that my foot will still exist. I'll be doing my best to keep it toasty and happy. I promise.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Moleskine2013: Haubrick

Moleskine2013: Haubrick by nlemmel
Moleskine2013: Haubrick, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

You can see more of Tom Haubrick's work at blue

I spent a little time on yesterday evening.

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Moleskine 2013: Wordsworth

Moleskine 2013: Wordsworth by nlemmel
Moleskine 2013: Wordsworth, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

The ink wash from the regions spread bled through, and resulted in the profile of a bearded man. The poem on the facing page is "The World Is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth.

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Moleskine 2013: Forest Path

Moleskine 2013: Forest Path by nlemmel
Moleskine 2013: Forest Path, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

Ink wash, and a loose ballpoint doodle started looking like a forest path to me. I know the saying is "down the garden path" but I'm not trying to lead you astray.

More of John Staub's wonderful illustration at

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Moleskine 2013: Smoooooth Operatooooor

Flipped to the back page of a National Geographic and found this treasure of a photo, and the "Smooth Operator" title threw me back in time.

I've had the great good fortune to work in small, pseudo-family work environments. While toiling away at the computer in my first job, I would occasionally burst out in song (I blame it on the radio). A thin edge of seniority over my office mates encouraged them to join in, and management soon dubbed us "Nancy and the Desktoppers." Good times, good times.

Hat tip to Sade for this wonderful tune. I strongly suspect that when I'm 90 something and my mind goes, this song will play in the elevator at the doctor's office and I'll break out in song again--imagining myself a 20 something Desktopper...fair warning to all!

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Moleskine 2013: Clips n' clips

A couple of very fun Christmas gifts are featured here. I have 4 of those magic little bicycle cute are they?!?

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Moleskine 2013: Animal!

Moleskine 2013: Animal! by nlemmel
Moleskine 2013: Animal!, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

I dare anyone to claim there was ever a better muppet than Animal...double dog dare you!

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Moleskine 2013 Opener

Moleskine 2013 Opener by nlemmel
Moleskine 2013 Opener, a photo by nlemmel on Flickr.

The sketch was done from a photo by Nick Hall that appeared in The Nature Conservancy Magazine.

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