Monday, February 05, 2018

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Foodstuffs for Morons

Welcome, pretty Hordelings. I didn't know that the book was going to include this website. There's some tasteful NSFW stuff here, so tread cautiously. These are drawings made for a communal cookbook that mostly didn't make the cut. There were some layout difficulties, I'm told. In any case, this project spurred me to draw again, and these and those in the post below "Loaves and Fishes" are my favorites.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Two Virgins

This I think is the artistic version of "you can never step in the same river twice". Each of these is copied from Andrew Wyeth's 'The Virgin', about a year apart. The one on the left is pen and ink, on the right is pencil, but I think that beyond medium there was a great difference in me at the two times in my life.

The one on the right came later and I thought at the time represented an improvement in my technique. Now I like the harder-edged one on the left much more. She's also reminiscent of a bartender I had a crush on, but that never went anywhere.

The Virgin is Siri, who modelled for Wyeth many times. Although he continued to paint Helga sporadically, Siri represented something of moving on for him. In one of his books is a great anecdote about the time of the creation of the original. Siri is posed in a darkened barn with a shaft of sunlight coming down on her. Wyeth recounts that he was friends with a sculptor at the time, and says something like "there he is hacking away at his wooden Indian all day, and noone knows that I've got this beautiful 15-year-old virgin in my barn".