Graduation U C Davis, School of Medicine

Our good friend Alyn graduated with honors today from UC Davis with a Doctor of Medicine Degree. My wife Marilyn and I couldn’t be more proud of her! We first met Alyn while planting flowers in a community garden back when we lived in San Francisco in the mid 1990’s and we’ve been friends ever since. Up until about 5 years ago, Alyn had an upwardly mobile job in Silicon Valley doing management work at a high profile software company. So why would she quit a terrific job to go back to school? To follow her dream of becoming a Doctor, of course!

Congratulations Alyn on making your dream come true!

(I sketched this during the ceremony at the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts using one of my old hand stitched sketchbooks and a Pigma Micron #.3 pen)

6 thoughts on “Graduation U C Davis, School of Medicine

  1. You captured the event and environs so well (as usual). You know, you’re kind of a talented guy?!?! And you put so much into your art, it really shows. Living with you every day, it’s easy to think that I know you. But without checking your blog and your regular stream of artwork, that isn’t all together true. Because you really live this stuff, and it shows.

    So proud of you, and also of Alyn Eva Kelley, M.D. Yeah baby! That’s what I’m tawkin about!

  2. Richard, this is a perfect example of where I go wrong–well, ONE of the ways I go wrong–when trying to draw. I’ve never learned that technique of less detail the deeper you go into the background. Just a bit more detail on Alyn. When I get around to pursuing drawing, I’m going to study your site.

  3. Thanks for the comment Jean! There are a hundred thousand different ways of drawing and all are valid. For some people, using perspective makes their drawings better but for others, the absence of perspective shows a new way of looking at things. I’m glad to hear you’d like to peruse drawing someday. You’ll discover many new techniques along the way!

  4. Could you elaborate on “the absence of perspective” showing a new way of looking at things? I guess I get stuck in thinking there is some technique I need to learn instead of just drawing and finding my own way. I love the vitality of your drawings and the expressiveness!

  5. Hi Cathy, I appreciate it! “The absence of perspective” that I was referring to was the way artists like the Greek-born Italian artist de chirico (knowingly or unknowingly) twisted perspective. His work influenced the Surrealists and possibly even the Cubists. Cubism, of course, broke down perspective completely. But I was also referring to a time I mentioned in my book “The Artist on the Road: Impressions of Greece,” when I was having a difficult time drawing an ancient ruin. “Overall, I feel that a more accurate, literal drawing doesn’t necessarily make a better drawing. The facts are just facts, but truth is found when a part of me, my creative process, is also included in the drawing, flaws and all.

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