Saturday, January 12, 2019

Inspector Gadget

01-06-19
If you're an artist, do yourself a favor and make it easy to get immediately to work. Streamline and prioritize your tools and support. In my startlingly orange gloved hand I hold two frozen inky paintbrushes, a charcoal pencil and a waxy china marker. I used them all as I made this drawing of some geese and reflections of a willow tree.

After thinking a moment, we will all agree that it's a circuitous process getting impressions and thoughts from your eyes and brain down onto a piece of paper (or whatever) that exists outside of your body. Your hands are where the handoff occurs from your firefly thoughts to a tangible crawling residue that others can behold and take up and appreciate. That's what art making is: a process of transference from the cerebral to the palpable.

But you know all this so, get to work.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year

The human world is very quiet on January 1st. That's when I like to tiptoe outside and see if Nature thinks this day is more special than others. It is not; just the eternal present going about its business. We are mere observers.
I'm looking forward to 2019. More of the same no doubt but maybe too I'll sprout some new directions. Tally ho!

01-01-17-tangles
01-01-19-dam
01-01-19-doves
01-02-16-bethel
01-01-15-bethel
01-01-13-dam
01-01-13-river

Friday, December 14, 2018

Icicles


03-18-18-ice
charcoal
11-30-13-icicles
charcoal

12-12-18-ice01
charcoal

12-12-18-ice01
charcoal, ink, acrylic paint
12-12-18-ice02
charcoal, ink, acrylic paint

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Steeples & Weathervanes

New England is full of churches and church spires. I pass a few on my way to the river to draw every morning. Below are two drawings of the Eliot Church steeple. The birds like them too.
11-21-18-weathervane
charcoal, chalk
04-20-14-eliotchurch
charcoal
Starlings on the steeple
2018
Steeples and weathervanes get into my other work. Also: flags, crosses and bannerettes. They just seem to be the only way to complete a spire. This gets redundant but I can't seem to stop myself.

12-25-09b
watercolor, ink
01-06-09a
marker, watercolor
01-09-09b
marker, latex
03-18-09a
mixed media
12-21-14b
mixed media

Friday, November 9, 2018

Starlings

Starlings are one of my favorite birds. I like their blue-collar pedigree and their creative, sociable aggressiveness. They just move into the neighborhood and get noisy and nosy and then they're off: equal opportunity starlingness. Watch out!
11-03-18-starlings
water soluble graphite
10-07-18-starling
charcoal
09-09-17-starling
ink
I know ONE person, a darling starling all fussy and fidgets, beneath those spangles a starless night sky of sapphire bleu.

04-12-15-starling
charcoal, ink
10-26-14-starlings
crayon
  
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