December 30, 2014
My mother, who died at age 101 often said in her last few years “everything is past…” and I would tell her that there were events and experiences that were yet to happen. I think of that sentiment now whenever I experience anything new in my life. It reminds me to savor each experience as it happens.
I spent the month of July on a vacation to Vancouver, Alaska and Seattle. The Alaskan part was a two week cruise that included several interesting side trips as well as much beautiful scenery that inspired me and became source material for my art. I took photographs with my IPhone but not as many as I wish I had taken. Now I look back and realize that my memory is the only visual evidence I have of the Alaskan experience. The consequence is that I know my drawing will represent a personal evocation of my Alaskan Experience.
Just one iceberg floating by
Mendenhal Glacier in Juneau Alaska
January 21, 2014
I am now firmly committed to drawing digitally. The drawing game of Draw Something has taught me a lot about digital drawing. I have learned how to manipulate digital drawing tools and I have met artists from all over the world. However, recently there have been numerous problems with the game of Draw Something2. Lost drawings, server crrashes, and other issues have resulted in my becoming interested in trying out other digital drawing programs. The app called Sketch Club is the most popular and has been recommended to me by several of my Draw Something drawing partners and Facebook friends. It has many marvelous features and fantastic drawing tools, although the learning curve is proving to be rather slow for me. Nevertheless, the best thing about this app is that there are so many tutorials available on You Tube and within the app itself. It also is a social app in that there is a chat feature and there are many opportunities to interact with other people who are also drawing. I have been using it a lot for my Monkey Sidebars drawings.
December 21, 2013
Digital drawing has made me into a miniaturist. Previously I had been painting very larger canvass or drawing and printing on paper that is 22 x 30″. My digital drawings are on a standard IPad, 9.4″ x 6.6″ and the size of each drawing is very small. These drawings can be reproduced in a larger size, but the fact that the drawings are so small changes the relationship of the image space in a very fundamental way. Not only size, but the time it takes to draw an image is radically changed. I may spend several hours on a drawing, but with an actual large drawing, it may take me days or even weeks to complete the work. All this means a complete change in the way I think about constructing a drawing. A digital drawing can be changed constantly. Ideas can be expressed and tossed quickly. A drawing on paper means that the gestures and marks are more permanent and therefore, more thought needs to be put into each line and stroke and color. Digital drawings can be tried out in different color schemes, particularly when an app has many layers to work on. An actual drawing is one layer.
Digital drawing is much more spontaneous than drawing on paper. There are endless possibilities for experimentation in terms of colors, textures and shapes. This spontaneity makes it a particularly exciting format for abstract art.
Monkey Sidebars word was Science Fiction
I have previously mentioned how the game of Monkeysidebars has stimulated my imagination by providing words to draw that may be unusual, provocative, or out of the odinary.
Monkey Sidebars word was Absurd
I drew an imagined otherworldly landscape in reponse to the words Science Fiction. The word Absurd made me think of Samuel Beckett’s classic play “Waiting for Godot” now playing on Broadway. I’ve seen the play several times and each time I came away from the drama with many questions and numerous ideas about the meaning of life and art. This isn’t abstract and I used a Google reference I had seen some time ago referring to the play. But in this case I wanted to express the isolated loneliness engendered by the dialogue in the play. It is a fairly literal depiction. Sunday’s word is quagmire. I don’t have that drawing yet.