Wednesday, December 10, 2014
With this current post, I will have broken my record for most posts in a year. At the beginning of the year I declared a renewed work ethic and commitment to write and post. I did not know how long this resolution would last. Thus, it came as a surprise that I had brought a higher than expected level of dedication.
Breaking records serve as markers and can allow us to be reflective about setbacks and surprises while also allowing us to consider how to move beyond abstract points of completion. Pushing myself toward the finish line and the end of 2014, I made one of my "assignment" drawings. In order to not lose sight of the fact that I am student, I set a time limitation one would have for a studio art class.
I gave my self about three hours to come up with something that approaches resolution. The results are not always as fine tuned as I'd like. However, a little pressure is felt and occasionally I end up in a very different place than I thought I would. In memory of a watercolor by John Ruskin depicting a large stone/boulder, I decided to draw my own "bolder" (seen below).
As it turns out, a bolder approach sometimes can be record breaking.
Above is an image of John Ruskin's watercolor Fragment of the Alps. However distant in style and approach, below is my own drawing of a large Stone.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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Monday, August 18, 2014
Although the activity of insects and animals surround us, in our busyness we are often blind to their movements and unfazed by their sounds. While lawn mowers often wake me up, the chirp of birds and rattle of cicadas can become part of the background as I get ready for the day. However, in an opposite way, I linger with the acoustics that arise in the evening. In August as the night air cools, I appreciate the sound of the crickets as they call to their mates. It is a concert that reminds me that summer is waning. I wondered how to picture nighttime concert. So I made a drawing that mixes order (the pattern of sounds) and a kind of unknowing dance in the dark (a depiction of what I can't see but can imagine).
To make this post a little more interactive, I have added the following YouTube video where one of my friends sounds the call.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Last week I was in Ocean City, New Jersey. I spent part of an afternoon walking around town taking photographs.
|At first I thought this was a living breathing bird.|
|On inspection I found that this large stone was plastic. I am not sure what it is hiding?|
|This sculpture appeared in front of the firehouse. I could find no marker for it. However, it contained part of a beam. This made me think it was part of a monument to the firefighters who courageously worked on the site of the World Trade Center.|
|This box seemed to be painted to look like a cow or a dalmatian. I am not sure why this was the case, but I like the directness of the painting.|
|City Hall reminded me of Europe.|
|I have had dreams about this restaurant, but I can not remember ever eating there.|
|Doorways that have been closed off peak my curiosity and make me wonder where passages use to lead.|
|Pastel pink and green houses seem to make sense in an environment of bright light.|
|In a town where the houses seem to grow year after year. It was a surprise to see that this garage could no longer fit the car.|