Monday, September 18, 2017

Loaves and Fishes

I haven't done anything art-ish for a while, so now it's time for an update. I'm working on a cookbook for a bunch of Morons with a website and these are my first couple of practice drawings. Well, the fish is good. The bread may get improved on. I'll post more as I un-sloth myself.

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Favorite Photo Ever

It is starting to look like a pattern here, two consecutive posts of a reclining nude.  So I'll carve another box with a fish on it soon. 

Art doesn't imitate life, nor vice versa.  They are intertwined.  And while there are many worthy subjects for art, there is none superior to the human form.  It's not just girl parts, though I am a great fan of girl parts.  Michelangelo's "David" may be the best scultpure ever, and there's a post early in this blog (December 2004 "What is not art?") in which I compare some boy parts to parts of David.  Those parts are mine.  There's even another blog called "Self As Object" which uses my form to explore male nudes, if that sort of thing interests you. 

As a fan of photography I have a pantheon of iconic images and photographers to whom I refer.  Weston, Mapplethorpe, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts and dozens of others have produced striking or moving images of female nudes.  I'm not necessarily going toe-to-toe with the big guys, but art exists at the intersection of the work and the audience.  It is a subjective experience and I can't make an empirical case for this photo being better than others, but it moves me more. 

This was shot with a medium format Bronica under natural light.  There is a framed print of it on my wall at home.  I never tire of looking at it.  The light, the form and the subject move me.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Modern Roots

I mentioned earlier in the blog that while I dabble in various media my true love is black and white photography.  I love the smells of a darkroom and the feel of paper in chemicals, and watching an image magically appear.  I also love the iterations of getting it right: change the filter, change the exposure, crop it differently...

I also love the enduring product, a black and white image.  I was not able to do the chemistry for this one, I don't have a darkroom these days.  It's a digital scan of a film negative.  In my mind there's a symmetry of old and new in this image.  It's my old medium with some digital assistance.  The model is someone from my distant past who re-emerged into my present.  So, roots. But updated.

The result is what I love.  A timeless image of a beautiful form in natural light. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Making of

I've started a bunch of things with the aim of making them repeatable and commercial.  (That was the origin of the carved mermaid).  Then it turns out that I like the process of finding a mermaid in a block of wood, and when she's been found I don't want to do it again.  These are just some in medias res of some woodworking that I think look good in their own right.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More Work in Progress?

This was supposed to be the basis for a watercolor. The idea was to do a sort of Winslow Homer thing but to borrow the waves from Japanese woodblock prints. Maybe it's just an ink drawing and it's finished.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Work in Progress

No. 1 Son wants to learn watercolors, so I've dug them back out and am dabbling again. This is Kabuki, as she's coming along. Kabuki is a David Mack comic character. He rocks.

The idea of putting something unfinished out in public is to generate internal pressure for myself to actually finish it.

Mack is cool, btw. I've met him a couple of times at Wizard World, a comics convention. It's as if you could go to a movie convention and walk up to Quentin Tarantino sitting at his booth during a slow period and ask him about what he was referencing in specific scenes.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Arts N Crafts

These are poplar boxes. Science will no doubt one day discover that they serve a useful purpose, but to date they are just the residue of my desire to make dove-tail boxes using only hand tools and to scratch drawings into their facades.

The striped bass is freshly stained and on the workbench. The great blue heron has settled into the patina which is the final state of both pieces. When bas reflief dove-tail boxes become all the rage, you'll know I was a pioneer.