Thursday, January 25, 2018

LAW 142; More Inner Visions

I have been busily making art through out this rather cold winter month. As should be apparent to any of you who follow this, i have not however been very good about documenting what i have been doing. Bad me!
Inner Vision #10

Excuses, excuses, but seriously the sort of work i do is hard on the hands. It's not just the repetitive nature of the work, hand work, particularly embroidery requires a great deal of physical effort on occasion. Add in my encroaching osteoarthritis and it is a balancing act between creativity and documentation.
Inner Vision #11

But, i am here now, so let us look at a few more of my Inner Visions.

Inner Vison #12
Although my intention is that these are a color and line exploration i discovered that i could not bring myself to add color to this one. January 12th was a nice enough day; i was comfortable sitting in the cockpit (we are soooooo glad that we enclosed the cockpit) looking at the bare masts of the neighboring sailboats. Voila! The basis for this drawing.

Inner Vision #13
Abstraction is very rarely pure. Most abstraction comes from something you see, something synthesized from the environment, natural or made. In this instance, our beautiful Nick Corso water pitcher.

Inner Vision #14

So of course, after doing one black and white drawing i couldn't stop there. It would look odd, right?

Inner Vision #15
My intention, that these would be completed in one sitting, in a zen doodle fashion, has been thwarted by the limitations of cold and hands. Sad, but that's life. The important thing is to carry on.

More later

Thursday, January 4, 2018

LAW 141; Another New Art Book Project

I spent a fair amount of time this past summer and fall with a black and white drawing project, Looking For America, which is sadly not finished.  As the days grew shorter, and darker i was feeling a real strong urge to work with color.Thus was born, Inner Visions.

Inner Vision #1, 12.12.17

If you follow my work at all, you will be aware of my project/book orientation. I know, i know, i can call it a series with as few as three pieces. Somehow that never seems to be enough; it doesn't really satisfy my inner book artist.

Inner Vision #2, 12.13.17

I was feeling the need for color along with the pen and ink lines. So, some colorful fantasias' that i am calling Inner Visions. Colored pencil of no particular provence with Pentel's xtra fine point Finito! pen, on Bockingford 140# water color paper. I am going to treat this series as a book, so each piece of the paper will form a 'signature' comprised of a front and back image that measures 6 x 9" and a center double truck of 9 x 12".

Inner Vision #3, 12.14.17

My choice of materials was dictated primarily by what i had available on the boat, coupled with ease of use. Colored pencil is a very labor intensive, not to mention hard on my hands; but rather meditative. I mean what else do i have to do on these cold winter days.  

Inner Vision #4, 12.15.17

These were meant to be daily projects, but that is just not happening, between the cold and and the physical effort it usually takes me two days to finish one of them.

Inner Vision #5, 12.17.16

One of the things that i find very interesting about this project is how the separate pieces work so well together. I intentionally do not look at the finished pieces as i don't want to influence the current piece.
Inner Vision #6, 12.16.17

It is extremely cold here. The north wind has blown almost all of the water out of the river. Mungo tried to get off the boat this morning, about an hour after high tide, but it was not to happen. We were about four feet below the dock; with nothing to grab or hold onto it just wasn't happening. Luckily a good slipmate neighbor came down to check on his boat, refilled our drinking water containers and "spotted" Mungo as he crawled around the boat checking our lines.
Inner Vision #7, 12.28.17

Luckily we did do a good deal of shopping yesterday, so we have plenty of food, back up propane in case of a(very unlikely) power outage. 
Inner Vision #8, 12.31.17

To bad we didn't buy more wine!

Inner Vision #9, 1.4.18

Stay warm, more later