Friday, April 14, 2017
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.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Crystal Cities make for interesting drawings. Sometimes they are desolate and need some non-geometrical entity to add some intrigue. Here are a few done over the past few years that include lions, tigers, (I left out the bears), owls and other birds.
|A Lion eating a castle|
|The Lonely Lookout|
|In Search of Subjects|
|Ten Tigers Come for a Visit|
Friday, February 24, 2017
I seem to frequently rely on birds to complete my compositions. They start out as a mess of paint. But when a bird eventually shows up, I can live with that. Until I can't that is.
"Keeper of Secrets" an owl who materializes silently and disappears silently.
"Migrant" all animals are undocumented. I guess people are not animals? :-(
Thursday, February 9, 2017
|Hurry! Hurry! I'm having an exhibit and it's all about BIRDS.|
|32 paintings and drawings and four display cases that detail the entire creative process of illustrating picture books.|
|I also published a show catalog with extremely high-falutin and entertaining commentary. You can buy it here. It's 64 pages, all color. There's a little video below.|
Friday, January 13, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
Here are a few recent additions to my "Crystal Cities" series of paintings. I think these go under the broad heading: what I draw when I don't know what to to draw (which is about 99% of the time). More or less the entire series over at flickr.
watercolor, charcoal, chalk
watercolor, ink, latex