Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Woke up to roughly 3 inches of snow today, which meant that life as we know it in the Pacific Northwest ground to a halt. What is normally a 45 minute commute blossomed to 2 1/2 hours, so I had plenty of time to actually finish a drawing. People who know that I came from Minnesota assume that I have nothing but scorn for the way people here drive in snow. I do, of course, but a) I don't tell them that, and b)Minnesota is basically a flat, featureless parking lot. I'd like to see them try to drive out here.

Friday, January 12, 2007


By the time I got to the spot where the traffic is at a standstill long enough for me to finish the drawing,(generally between the Delta Park and Janzen Beach exits on I-5, just south of the Washington state line)it was completely dark. It's a little more interesting doing this in the dark and in the rain. I'm not sure what a self-portrait of me going through the windshield would look like, but by God, I smell a grant in there somewhere.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Commuting, Part 1

When I started this thing, the idea was to document my new home in the Pacific Northwest with drawings, photos, thoughts, etc. The hardest part has been finding time. Since I spend 1.5 to 2 hours daily commuting to my job in Beaverton (West of Portland, 26.8 miles one way) I'll be doing my drawings behind the wheel. I was behind this Intrepid Friday afternoon at 4:40 PM. The overpass above is the Delta Park exit, which is the second to last exit heading north before you cross the Columbia River and enter Washington.