Thursday, May 11, 2017

Heaven and Earth

There are roads in the sky…
Roads leading here and there.
The clouds are moving sidewalks for birds.
There is no such thing as a"flightless bird"
Only imagination creates the split between Heaven and Earth.
05-10-17
mixed media

Friday, April 28, 2017

Nighthawks

Big and buoyant
04-26-17b
The stars come out and the moon goes down
04-28-17a
Insomnia
04-27-17a
Playing around with these big birds. I wonder what will happen?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Creation Myths

the feet and a bird
the head making up stories
Creation Myths
04-16-17a
mixed media, collage
A white bird
the earth: tunnels, runnels, reasons in rivulets, rivers, rills and ruts.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Monument Valley Memories

Monument Valley is a real place. It straddles the borderlands between Utah and Arizona in the American Southwest. I spent summers working for an archaeological project on the nearby Navajo Reservation during the 1980s. On weekends, a few other misfits would pile into a pickup truck and explore the hidden canyons and mesas. Ancient Anasazi potsherds mixed with broken beer bottle shards littered the sandy shoulders of the highways. I remember nearby place names: Kayenta, Tuba City, Tsegi, Shonto, Moenkopi, Navajo Mountain, and the Hopi Mesas: Walpi, the old village at the very end of First Mesa.

There were trips to the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Bandolier, Betatakin and Chaco Canyon. By Sunday evening we'd be back up on Black Mesa ready for another week of archaeological field work. I helped run a survey crew way out in the hinterlands of the mesa. I analyzed pottery and stone tools and tin cans. I photographed artifacts and excavations. I drew maps of stone dwellings, middens and haunted hogans.

All this was brought back to mind a few days ago  as I finished reading Michael Tisserand's detailed biography of George Herriman, the creator of "Krazy Kat": "Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White." Here's a review from the NY Times.

Herriman and Krazy found their true selves in Monument Valley. The stark and surreal landscape of the desert was revealed as another character in the timeless and unpredictable dramas between Krazy, Ignatz Mouse, Offisa Pup and the wider cast of the comic. There is so much to say. Herriman is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

I drew these two little pictures as I read of Herriman's lonely (but very productive) later years and his eventual death in 1944 in Los Angeles.
Reading the obits
04-12-17
mixed media


Monument Valley
04-12-17
mixed media

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Ambivalent Cormorant

sunshine leaches from reluctant clouds
The aggressor slices clumsily through the ocean
Distracted by a multitude of inputs
The ambivalent cormorant: to feed or flee?
03-31-2027
mixed media

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