the medicine chest of the soul

shields library, uc davis

I like symmetrical pages in my sketchbooks, and this one is opposite the G Street pub (not geographically, don’t go looking it up on Street View, it’s in the moleskine). Appropriately, it’s the UC Davis Shields Library, possibly the opposite of the aforementioned pub. Here you borrow books; there you buy beer. There you can listen to, well, not very good experimental bands, here you can read Ibsen. But, you can’t drink your beer in the library (not that I’ve ever wanted to), while you can read library books in the pub (now that I have done), but only if you sit near a neon lamp.  

ibsen on the shelf

I love libraries, especially academic ones. When we first moved to Davis I spent a lot of time in here, browsing the medieval language section. It’s very peaceful.

“A great library contains the diary of the human race.” – George Mercer Dawson

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”  – Jo Godwin

2 thoughts on “the medicine chest of the soul

  1. Ryan says:

    Hey Pete,

    These are great! Maybe its just me, but I sense slight changes in your drawings following the symposium. More technical, colorful, intense maybe? Inspired even? I imagine you are now pushing yourself just a little more after viewing all those other wonderful artists’ work and its coming through in these latest posts. Subtle, but I just get that sense.

  2. pete scully says:

    Thanks! I feel the same, but didn’t know how noticeable it was. I think I feel more inspired certainly, although this sort of drawing/composition is just a follow on from what i was doing in the last moleskine. Definitely pushing myself even more though, especially with regards perspective and composition, and I noticed that in a few of the other participants as well. One big change is that I draw more people. I would never have been comfortable drawing that market scene that i did last weekend before. More than anything, the biggest thing I picked up was in my approach. I just love drawing stuff!!

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