Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Fog Rolls In

Last week we had two days where the weather was sunny and warm and then come late afternoon the wind changed directions and brought in a fog off the lake. The lake temperature is still very cold and that cool moist air hits the warm land mass and you have fog. I went out both days and shot photos, here are two of my favorites.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Patriotic Dumpster

This dumpster has been hanging around my neighborhood for the last month or two. It disappeared last week, presumably to be emptied and now it has reapeared and I thought I'd better photograph it before it goes away forever. The yellow sticker caught my eye initially, with it's reference to the immigration issue that hovers around our country these days. But as I was assembling it I noticed so many other wonderful details.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Extra Large Drawing

I've been working on a huge drawing. I had a larger roll of good watercolor paper that I been saving for just the right project and after a bit of work 'counter rolling' it, I decided to jump in and make the largest drawing I've ever attempted. The media is India Ink and I'm using foam-core and cardboard to make the marks. Dipping the ends of the two materials into the ink and them pressing them onto the paper makes for some interesting impressions and by extension some interesting drawings. The work goes relatively quickly, given the size, but I can only work on a small portion of it at a time given my workspace, and then any section has to fully dry before I can move on to the next area. So these drawings develop over days and are difficult to view fully from any distance. The drawings can be interpreted in any numbers of ways, but of course I think of towers and the Tower of Babalon in particular. The hubris implied in the story of the Tower of Babylon is evident in a drawing that is too unweildiy to view in my studio, to large to hang in the gallery, and impossible to frame. A few photos of the process and the drawing so far.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Crosshatch Drawings

I'm in the final stages of preparing for a June show at Las Manos Gallery in Chicago. I'm working on a last few cross hatch drawings to complete two distinct series. One series is called 'Winter Trees' and the other, unnamed at this point, has to do with recreating famous art works in the crosshatch technique. The latter series includes the pictured Marilyn and a Rothko that I'm keep under wraps. Silly idea but I felt the impulse.

The June show at Las Manos begins the weekend of the 11th and will run into July. More information to follow soon.