Thursday, December 25, 2014

Seasonal thoughts

Arboreal Owl
mixed media
"C’est assez vescu pour autruy, vivons pour nous au moins ce bout de vie. Ramenons à nous et à nostre aise nos pensées et nos intentions. Ce n’est pas une legiere partie que de faire seurement sa retraicte ; elle nous empesche assez sans y mesler d’autres entreprinses. Puis que Dieu nous donne loisir de disposer de nostre deslogement, preparons nous y ; plions bagage ; prenons de bon’heure congé de la compaignie ; despetrons nous de ces violentes prinses qui nous engagent ailleurs et esloignent de nous."

"We have lived enough for others; let us at least live out the small remnant of life for ourselves; let us now call in our thoughts and intentions to ourselves, and to our own ease and repose. 'Tis no light thing to make a sure retreat; it will be enough for us to do without mixing other enterprises. Since God gives us leisure to order our removal, let us make ready, truss our baggage, take leave betimes of the company, and disentangle ourselves from those violent importunities that engage us elsewhere and separate us from ourselves."

from "Of Solitude" – Montaigne, Essays

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rob Dunlavey Illustration 2015 Calendar

Hi! My 2015 Calendar poster is available.

If you order from Etsy I will ship it rolled in a tube for $3.00 + shipping.
(If you order it directly from me (please email your snail mail info) it's free but will be folded to fit a 10 x 13 inch envelope.)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pause cigarette

"This job sucks."

"What are you doing for the holiday?"

"I don't know…"

"Heh, get wasted, probs."


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bateau à vapeur

after Manet
ink, acrylic, watercolor

my sketch after a painting by Édouard Manet in Chicago (below)
I like this painting for it's directness and carefree, crude rendering of the water, smoke and boats. Yet there is also a fabulous sense of space, and with the arrangement of the boats, a sense of a brief passage of time.

"Steamboat Leaving Boulogne"
Édouard Manet, 1864
AIC collection page

Friday, November 7, 2014


What is it?
It could be:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Crystal Cities: October 2014

A few Crystal City paintings from my sketchbook
October 2014.

Two boats
collage, mixed media

Tolling the Bell
collage, mixed media

colored pencil, ink

ink, watercolor

mixed media

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Church Doodles

My wife and I attend church regularly and I've been involved in many committees and boards at our church. But when I sit in that pew on Sunday mornings with all the music, prayers, sermons and fellowship, I doodle in my program. I look forward to the time I spend in that pew: just me and God: two creative blokes…
God hasn't outsmarted me and broken my pencil leads yet so until she does, I'll keep doodling. It's my way of being the best Rob there ever was — which I think is the point of the whole exercise anyway!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Land of Plenty







"Land of Plenty"
mixed media


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