Wednesday, July 5, 2017
I recently saw a wonderful exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum entitled "Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber." This show closes on July 9th just a few days from now. It consists primarily of Baroque Period religious art from Central and South America: Peru, Bolivia, México, etc. I focused on a number of works that included birds. They are very fanciful and are similar to some fine contemporary children's book illustration. It makes me wonder.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Too many images! Are your eyes blurring? Darting to and fro? Me too.
Sometimes it's easier to make pictures than to look at them. I drew these last week and wanted to see them all in one place. Cross that off the list.
Friday, June 2, 2017
When I was a kid, knowing the answer to this question was important:
"What's your favorite color?"
I always answered "Blue!"
Nowadays, I like all colors and I take pride in having an infinite number of favorite colors simultaneously. If you ask me today "What's your favorite color?" I will answer: "YES!" (But I still like blue quite a bit.) Here are some predominantly blue sketchbook pages --mostly recent work but a few date back further.
This book, as a matter of fact has a lot of blue in it
(but that's another story!)
Monday, May 29, 2017
I dislike motivational speakers. And as you will see, thinking about them galvanizes me to do something in response. In this case I was looking through my recent sketches which feature trees and I remembered that a motivational statement had appeared on my daily motivational desktop.
Here's the statement:
“If you don't like where you are, change it. You're not a tree.”—so says Jim Rohn who has turned telling people what they already know into a million dollar career.
As it turns out, movement, as we experience it, is a very limited attribute when one looks at all the living and nonliving things on this planet. So maybe "not liking where you are" is not a matter of getting up and moving like Okies en route to California. There are other time tested strategies. You might consider thinking like a tree: provide food and shelter to other living things, invest in your unseen roots, appreciate your tough skin and brighten the corner where you've been planted.