Monday, October 31, 2016

Mixed Birds

pencil, charcoal
mixed media
mixed media
charcoal, pencil
pencil, chalk
ink, watercolor

Monday, October 24, 2016

The National Cathedral

I attended worship at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. yesterday morning. They put on a great show and the building itself is the proverbial "sermon in stone." The ribs vault skyward into and through fields of colored light splashed by an ebullient stained glass Pollock. The darkened crypts and chapels below grade promise communion and acceptance of one's earthy limitations augmented by glittering lamp-lit mosaics telling stories of flesh and spirit sorting out their differences.

Naturally, I listen better (or at least tolerate better) the pomp and complexity of any dogma or catechism when I have a pencil in my hand. Me: always backing up into the spiritual realms hoping to vault into those spangled skies.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bird People

Bird People live in a Bird City. What could be more obvious?

I love doodling and making decorative things like Crystal Cities. But then what?
Well, add some birds, that's "what!"
Life is a mystery where we pass the time of day bumping into one another trying to figure out who we are.
pencil, watercolor

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Crystal City thoughts

I started drawing Crystal Cities in 2008. Production and focus and innovation has ebbed and flowed over the years since then. Below are a few from this past September. It's always fun and personal to play with the variables of this basic design. Essential or dull, they are mine and they function to keep my hands busy. A busy mind is not so essential for an artist. But busy hands are very important.

A larger gallery is here. And here.

December 2008

Trying to get back to basics
oil pastel, watercolor
Kind of a factory…
pencil, charcoal
blue pastel
A bit of a fishing expedition; this reminds me of a trip to Copenhagen last Spring
mixed media
Collage and an angel
mixed meda
Silhouetted bugs
ink, watercolor, charcoal


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