Monday, May 24, 2010

Lucky Find

This is approximately number 550 out of 800 drawings that I hope to finish by the end of next month. I try not to pay too close attention to the names of the people on the cards, since portraiture is not the point here, but every now and then I can't help but wonder who these people are. I'm finding some of the addresses, though a quarter of a century old, might be accurate, so I've decided I'd better do some label photoshopping before putting them on this blog. As always, clicking on the image gets you a better view of what's what. These images are always read from left to right, a symbolic story of a life well lived.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Wisdom of Youthful Hope

"Facing It" is approximately 4"x4" and reminds me of the little girl behind so many women that I know these days. It is so curious that strength of character develops so early in life and for the wisest, can support one through a lifetime of hardship. I am so grateful to have known well a few women with this strength. They have taught me, through example, how to shine the flashlight on my own inner strength... and thusly is created this drawing.


Friday, May 14, 2010

The Walnut

"Treasure Within"
Art making is a very selfish act explored while living in a world full of criticism, and the best art comes from minds that are open and aware.

Think of the art maker as being a walnut, a rich and active little brain with a hard but porous shell surrounding for protection. Imbedded within that shell are thousands of tiny little telescoping cell windows looking out into the world... the little brain inside switching from one viewing hole to another in search of wisdom. Meanwhile, overhead hangs a hammer, threatening to tap, tap... or to smash down at any moment. Does the walnut ignore the hammer? It's clearly seen. Or does the walnut adjust it's shell so that if the hammer does happen to come down too hard, the little brain inside will remain whole and intact as the shell cracks into a perfect half, not crushed to pieces at all.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Quick Fixes and Escape Hatches

I've been experimenting with escape hatches. Here's a mini version. This is a 3"x5" card. Why is it that even in my escape scenes there's some powerful danger lurking? Or is that just a beautiful wave and I'm safe on this side of a lake? So many ways to look at it all.

(Darn it all, where'd I put the hammer?) "Quick Fix Prepares for a Rescue" seems appropriate for the times right now, but tsk, tsk, I really mustn't put off solid repairs until tomorrow....

Open Studio at the art complex is this weekend... Two days away. I am not prepared but the art has been flowing so there will be many papers floating about, distracting some viewers, confusing others, and disturbing a few.