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Drawn & Quoted: Garrison Keillor

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted, but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.”

- Garrison Keillor (1942 –       )


Prairie Home Companion


A Prairie Home Companion came to Los Angeles this past weekend. Lake Wobegon was a long way from home when Garrison Keillor brought his well known NPR show to the famed Hollywood Bowl. Regrettably, I let the opportunity slip by to get my tickets to see the rare recording of an actual radio show – a true dwindling art in the world of entertainment.

However, I did have the good fortune to be able to meet Mr. Keillor when he did a book signing the next day at the wonderful Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Vroman’s has been a Pasadena staple for over 100 years. It is a beautiful locally owned two-story book store that really understands its community far better than Amazon ever will. They host countless author chats and signings, and champion local community events and causes.

Garrison Keillor, in his white summer suit and trademark red sneakers, was so charming and affable to each and every customer who came out to buy his new Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny book. He exhibited every bit the gentle, down-home persona that you hear on the radio. I was so intrigued by his unique face, that when I came home from the signing, I felt the urge to draw him.

So, enjoy the drawing, and if you aren’t familiar with Garrison Keillor’s work, take a listen any weekend on NPR to his tales of Lake Wobegon “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

Drawn & Quoted: The Villain

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

“In the old days villains had mustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don’t want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.”

- Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980)


The Villain

Thankfully Hitchcock didn't add "obvious combover" in there, too, or this drawing would be totally screwed.


In response to Mr. Hitchcock, “Oops.”

Drawn & Quoted: The Great Communicator

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

“I admire machinery as much as any man, and am as thankful to it as any man can be for what it does for us. But, it will never be a substitute for the face of a man, with his soul in it, encouraging another man to be brave and true.”

- Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)


Great Communicator

If Charles Dickens could see mobile phones today he might say, "By jove! A pocket-sized telegraph machine!"


Well, I’m not sure the fella above is texting another man to be brave and true. Instead he is probably texting a friend saying “Yo, I’m down at the Coffee Bean where some weird dude keeps looking over at me and scribbling in a book!” I try not to be noticed when I’m sketching in public, but sometimes it’s hard to hide on a small patio. Lattè cups aren’t quite large enough to duck behind. Oh well. Still managed to squeeze out a sketch in between sips before the stranger got up and left.


Drawn & Quoted: The Old Gray Mare

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

“A horse is a thing of such beauty.  None will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor.”

- Xenophon (circa 430 – 354 BC)


Old Gray Mare

If this horse actually IS an old gray mare, she definitely ain't what she used to be!


Drawn & Quoted: The Interrogation

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

“If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.”

- Epictetus (55 – 135)



It really is an interrogation - not some twisted version of "pull my finger."


It is hard to believe, but the last Drawn & Quoted column was posted way back in June of 2010! It is high time to resurrect these combinations of quotes by famous people with drawings that relate to their words of wisdom in some way. I say “some way” because some drawings have been straight forward while others have travelled the path of the sick and twisted. If you would like to see any of the previous Drawn & Quoted columns, just CLICK HERE!

Drawn & Quoted: Airport Diva

Monday, June 28th, 2010

” Though beauty gives you a weird sense of entitlement, it’s rather frightening and threatening to have others ascribe such importance to something you know you’re just renting for awhile.”

- Candice Bergen (1946 –     )

The Airport Diva getting her texting done out of the way so she won't crash an airplane by doing it in flight.

The Airport Diva getting her texting done out of the way so she won't crash an airplane by doing it in flight.

I was recently in an airport and noticed this girl sitting across from me. She was dressed to the nines in designer clothing, an expensive handbag, and pricey purchases she was going to carry on to the plane. She was quite young, probably in her early 20′s, and had an air of snootiness about her. I know it’s not really fair to ascribe to her a haughty personality without having met her, but it did get me thinking about other people I have actually known in recent years that looked like her.

I’ve noticed a certain sense of entitlement amongst people in America. They have to be first. They have to have the best. They have to have the latest in technology. They have to dress only in name brands. They have to drive expensive cars. They roll their eyes at people they feel are beneath them. The list can go on.

I have a theory….We are bombarded by media messages that “you are beautiful the way you are”, “you deserve the best”, “you can have it now and probably pay for it much later”, “self-esteem, self-esteem, self-esteem!” Parents buy into these philosophies, and teach their kids that not only can they have it all, but they absolutely will. They buy them the latest toys, video games, and movies the second they come out. The material cravings are met right away without having to either wait for it or work for it. The kids grow up into adults expecting everything to just come their way, and often don’t care who they push aside on their quest to get what they want. I wonder if the current crisis of housing foreclosures aren’t, in part, a result of these “must have it now” ideals ignoring the inevitable consequences of such arrogant thinking.

Quite frankly, self-esteem flies in the face of care for our fellow man. Even in a passage of the Bible written roughly 2000 years ago, Philippians 2:3 says “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” And what is commonly known as “The Golden Rule” flies in the face of self-esteem teaching. It often is quoted as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This “others first” philosophy has roots in the Bible as well. Amongst several passages that relay it, Luke 6:31 says, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” The opposite of self-esteem is humility.

I don’t typically get so heady in my blog posts, but this is something that bothers me quite often. Interesting that a random airport sketch could serve as a reminder to “think of your fellow man, lend them a helping hand…”

Drawn & Quoted: Chuck Norse

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

“I don’t initiate violence. I retaliate.”

- Chuck Norris


The other night as I was watching television, I grabbed my sketchbook and just started doodling. I suppose that I wasn’t really paying too much attention to what was on the screen because I started to draw Vikings. There aren’t too many Viking TV shows on these days unless Law & Order sneaked in a new version of their show – Law & Order: The Norse Files. However, about a month ago I saw the brilliant Dreamworks animated movie How To Train Your Dragon, so maybe some thoughts of that lingered in my brain. This one guy emerged from my pencil, and begged to be drawn a little more formally. Over to the drafting table we went where he was fully realized.

But after all that – for some reason, all I could think of while doing the final drawing was Elmer Fudd singing “spear and magic helmet.”

Drawn & Quoted: Prey Before a Meal

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

- J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973)


As I continue to add creations to my sketchbook, various beasts and creatures continue to come forth. This dragon oozed out of my pencil unexpectedly with that mean, hungry and determined expression. Decided the sweet little bird would be the focus of his attention. It’s never any fun being the prey.  All you can hope for is to choke the aggressor.