Building An Idea – Leafy Thing

Started as a doodle, whatever a doodle is, turned into a leafy thing, then it needed a pot. Last semester, I played a little with opposing curves to add body and direction to form. I let this one flow randomly and it grew without much guidance or intention.

Building An Idea – Innocent Advertising???

I'm fascinated and amused by the advertisements of the 1940's to 1960's. There's always a tension between innocence and the desire to corrupt. I mean, what little kid wouldn't think a smiling cigarette just wants to be their friend?

Building An Idea – Textured Points

I forgot to mention that one of the categories prompted by our drawing teacher was doodles. Doodles? That could be anything! Too many possibilities and choices for me. So, I reverted to some amorphous shapes, loosely ornamented with dots. I think there are 2 like this one.

Building An Idea – Part 2

Please take a peak at yesterday's post regarding the unpacking of an idea in this semester's drawing class. You can consider this post as an introduction to the specific pieces that will follow. Because these are rapid (almost spontaneous) drawings, I am not sure how much I will have to say about each. At this … Continue reading Building An Idea – Part 2

Building An Idea – Part 1

At the end of last semester, the drawing teacher gave us some homework. I frankly didn't understand what he intended to do and he said he did that on purpose. The task was to do 4 or 5 rapid drawings every day of the Xmas break in order to have between 40 and 60 to … Continue reading Building An Idea – Part 1

Thespians of Agreement

Actors will always have a special place in my heart and creative expression. They are able to say what we often cannot or dare not. I'm not sure what these two want to say, but they seem to be agreeing on it, whatever it is. Now that I'm looking closer at the smaller face, I'm … Continue reading Thespians of Agreement

The Post-Modern Gender-phillic

I have no apology for this one. I am still an innocent soul open to learning and understanding. It is my positive response to all the amazing discussions and information my fellow art students are sharing with me. I may still be the old white guy in the room, but I'm more and more open … Continue reading The Post-Modern Gender-phillic

Foibles of the Judge Called Jury

I'm pretty sure I saw this as a drawing somewhere, well, actually not so sure. However, the image seems to pop up in my memories from Monty Python skits, Star Trek TNG scenes with Q, and strange Kafka-esque gothic films from the 1960s and 1970s. It's all from that mess of what an old friend … Continue reading Foibles of the Judge Called Jury

RAWR… I guess… An Example from the Anarchist Manifesto

I saw a partial face on an alley wall downtown, screaming at passersby and it made me laugh. First, I wondered who was passerby-ing in this alley to see this almost entirely hidden screamer, then I wondered what it was screaming about from such an obscure location, where so few people would hear it. Phew, … Continue reading RAWR… I guess… An Example from the Anarchist Manifesto

A Cubist Momento Mori

I think I might have deviated a little from my usual process of using some specific inspiration as a base for new work. I say, "I think" because I've come to realize that my head is overflowing with millions of images I've ingested over the years and I no longer know where inspiration comes from. … Continue reading A Cubist Momento Mori