Friday, November 15, 2013

Identifying the commonalities of my new subject...

...for my forthcoming project.  My new subject has many of the same interests in nature as I, therefore I am exploring the common interests by repurposing a previous composition that blend and represents my new subject with some of my previous aesthetic concerns.  Below is an in progress work and two details from that work comprised of ink on Yupo, 30" x 40".


A working country is hardly ever a landscape. The very idea of landscape implies separation and observation. It is possible and useful to trace the internal histories of landscape painting, landscape writing, landscape gardening and landscape architecture, but in any final analysis we must relate these histories to the common history of a land and its society. We have many excellent internal histories, but in their implicit and sometimes explicit points of view they are ordinarily part of that social composition of ht land - its distribution, its uses, and its control - which has been uncritically received and sustained, even into our own century, where the celebration of its achievements is characteristically part of an elegy for a lost way of life.


- Pauline Fletcher, Gardens and Grim Ravines: The Language of Landscape in Victorian Poetry (1983)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sketchbook Drawing of Cockroaches and Hay

Below:  An intersection of experience and memory...The cockroaches of the stray and hay that frightened him while incarcerated as a youth during the 19th century, informed his scientific research as a man.


Forthcoming project study #8, ink on paper, 5.5" x 13," 2013


Forthcoming project study #9, ink on paper, 5.5" x 13," 2013


Friday, November 8, 2013

Sketchbook Drawing of an Over the Top May Day Birth Announcement


Forthcoming project study #7, pencil and ink on board, 10" x 11," 2013


Forthcoming project study #10, ink on paper, 5.5" x 13," 2013

The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.

-  Edwin Way Teale

Monday, November 4, 2013

Another and another sketchbook study for an un-announced, forthcoming project

An over the top May Day birth announcement, take 2:



Forthcoming project study #5, pencil and ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013


Below: trying to visualize what a 19th century boy would draw in the margins of his latin book while distracted:


Forthcoming project study #6, digital study, 2013

He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. - Menander of Ephesus 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Another sketchbook study for an un-announced, forthcoming project

An over the top May Day birth announcement:


Forthcoming project study #4, ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013

May's exquisite fragrance
of lilacs in my room;
Has brought me joy and
 
pleasure and kept my
heart in tune.

The lilies-of-the-valley
strike up their notes of cheer.
For Mother's Day and May Day
are at this time of year.
 

Florence Weaver


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sketchbook study for an un-announced, forthcoming project


Forthcoming project study #3, ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013

It was still early, and the sun's lower limb was just free of the hill, his rays, ungenial and peering, addressed the eye rather than the touch as yet. 

- Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles



Monday, October 28, 2013

Sketchbook studies for an un-announced, forthcoming project

I will be posting during the next few months studies and sketches from an un-announced, forthcoming project.  Regular studio work will be mixed in with the posts as well.

Forthcoming project study #1, ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013

Forthcoming project study #2, ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013

It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values.  You do not need a sixth sense for it.  It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose;  you will hear the whispered message,  for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper.  'I am watching you -- are you watching yourself in me?'  Most travelers hurry too much...the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information.  To tune in, without reverence, idly -- but with real inward attention.  It is to be had for the feeling...you can extract the essence of a place once you know how.  If you just get as still as a needle, you'll be there.

- Lawerence Durrell, Spirit of Place:  Letters and Essays on Travel