This blog is my portfolio of artwork, a journal about my process of making art...and the things that I have no words for...


Saturday, December 27, 2008

A few drawings made quick




























































Not everything has to be a "project" that takes days n' days or weeks 'n months...I love doing drawings that happen in one sitting, these are quick studies that happened in a sitting...a splash here, a dash there...done...sometimes it's just a color that sets me going, sometimes it's the paper, the texture, the shape, or something about that pencil...whatever hits me at the time, I go with it...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Inspiration and the things that I have no words for


I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me -- shapes and ideas so near to me -- so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught...I found I could say things with colors that I couldn't say in any other way -- things that I had no words for.

Georgia O'Keeffe

I have to attribute what I've done these past few years to these words of Georgia O'Keeffe...some time ago...oh, I think around 1990, I went back to making art after not making art for a bit of time...I never really stopped, but I wasn't getting anywhere seriously with it. I wasn't really looking and seeing anything that I wanted to see...I spent a lot of time copying pictures from photos that I took or copying something someone else wanted me to do (I did several portraits of pets, mostly cats). I bought the book Georgia O'Keeffe: Art and Letters at a bookshop during a Sunday afternoon prowl with my Fred and proceeded to read it cover to cover and felt that special "tug" toward inspiration...well, that was around 1992 or so...it has been a lot of years of sloping various paint forms, making piles of pastel dust, and several volumes of sketchbooks full of inspiration before I came to these two little drawings using colors and textures, shapes and lines that I never knew how to translate from my mind to paper...until now. (I also took a couple of years off from making pictures to write my first three novels.) These things take time and patience...I've studied both...and I'm still learning what to do with what I have...


Georgia O'Keeffe: Art and Letters Georgia O'Keeffe: Art and Letters by Georgia O'Keeffe


My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
I found this book during a Sunday afternoon bookstore prowl in the early 1990's, probably around 1992 or so...I read it cover to cover and found my way back to making art the way I wanted to make art, but I had to go through a lot of paper and canvas, paint and pencils before I really got to the core of what I wanted to make...it's a fascinating read and powerful, especially for the artist...


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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Georgia O'Keeffe

If you have ten minutes to spare, please enjoy...

Small drawings

This little winter watercolor that I made in 1999 fits well with the type of day we're having...it's a pretty one...winter...as much as I complain about the being cold and gray part, there's a special quality that I would miss if I didn't have it in my life...



Winter mornings especially...






and nights...









watercolors done on scraps...
I love making small drawings and paintings, I keep a small sketchbook with me all the time, it's no bigger than 4 x 4 and its been filled with small pictures that I diddle about with while waiting for a ride or waiting in a doctor's office waiting room...it's the waiting book...I've had a few such books over the years...I have an archival Solander box full of sketchbooks that I've carried since the early 90's when I finally got back into drawing religiously...especially after 1995 when I moved out to the country and could see the sky again...



This little drawing Something I Saw is about 2 x 2 in size, just a wee bit of a thing...I love it.















And this little drawing Season's Change is about the transition month of November...it's a bit of a beast...I tend to have dragons in my drawings...and the last storm that blew through certainly had the look of a dragon...

Although the large drawings give me room to sprawl and make a mess...but it's these little ones that make me happiest...they're more concise...yes, I like the character of the little ones...they seem more special, more immediate...

Can you imagine an entire exhibition of tiny drawings and paintings?

Saturday, December 06, 2008

November Twilight


November Twilight is a mixed media mess...but I love it better now than I did the day before I finished it...it was one of those drawings that wasn't working, until I got to the "oh fuck it" point and threw everything and the kitchen sink at it...

It started with a black acrylic background with heavily textured brushstrokes, then I began scribbling and scrubbing the surface with Derwent Soft Drawing Pencils, their muted earthy tones were the perfect colors that I wanted, after awhile I got into trouble as the color wasn't laying down so well...then after a week of glaring at it for being so disappointing, I got out the big guns, the mop brush, and watercolors, then I opened my jars of acrylic washes and splashed...for most of the creation of the piece, the two circles had been at the top, when I flipped it "upside-down" I liked it better...although it wasn't what I was going for to begin with...it turned into something I wasn't expecting...sometimes, part of the struggle is the fun part...