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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Go Gators

Doodles:
Alligators in cars. Perhaps they're heading to the basketball arena.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Castles & Creatures

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
11-07-13a
The Lonely Lookout
08-28-13a
In Search of Subjects
09-22-13b

Quiet Kingdom
05-14-16a
Playful Tigers
12-03-14a
Ten Tigers Come for a Visit
07-25-14b
Cramped Quarters
08-26-14b
Owlery
10-11-14a

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bird Brain

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.
"Victoire" …as in the "Winged Victory of Samothrace" and slightly  "Père-la-Victoire."
"Keeper of Secrets" an owl who materializes silently and disappears silently.
"Migrant" all animals are undocumented. I guess people are not animals? :-(

"Victoire"
02-20-17b
latex, ink,watercolor
"Keeper of Secrets"
02-24-17c
ink, watercolor, collage, acrylic
"Migrant"
02-24-17a
ink, charcoal

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"BIRDS …and Other People" painting exhibit

Hurry! Hurry! I'm having an exhibit and it's all about BIRDS.
INFO HERE
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.

video

Friday, January 13, 2017

Miasma, Yourasma, Ourasma, oh my!

As the miasma moves into town and settles in, it's okay to catch up on your reading and focus on other things. But that miasma…
Keep an eye on it and batten the hatches!
detail
01-11-17
watercolor, ink, charcoal

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Crystal Cities

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.
12-27-16
watercolor, charcoal, chalk
12-28-16
watercolor, ink
12-26-16
chalk, ink
12-21-16
watercolor, ink, latex
01-03-17
crayon, watercolor

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