'In the beginning', and, 'Genesis'.
In On heroes, hero-worship and the heroic in history Thomas Carlyle makes several references to the 'divine . . .' and 'sacred Hebrew Book'. In Sartor Resartus he refers to 'young Ishmael' in the 'destitution of the wild desert'. Throughout both books he includes many biblical references and allusions. For my illustrations, I looked for a quotation, and then searched for an original source – and I found Hebrew texts.
The history, meaning and beauty of the letterforms are fascinating and I began to draw and learn a little of the Alephbet.
The first problem I encountered was the inability of Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign to render the text as right to left (RTL) reading. Curiously my Firefox browser, Apple Mail and TextEdit did work, which helped when using the Hebrew keyboard layout.
Secondly, my insatiable thirst for language was hampered by a new alphabet and the myriad forms it takes. Besides t…
January 12, 2015: Making adobe clay involves 'puddling' – the mixing of clay, sand and water with your feet, hence this pencil study. Drawing is an important discipline for the artist – daily practice is worthwhile. This post includes detailed studies as well as sketches for the illustrations to the Pizza book.
One of the main goals is to grow wheat for flour to make dough for the pizza. Here is a pencil drawing of an ear of Glenn organic Spring wheat grown on our farm here in Iowa.
The first step in preparing the field for planting was to burn last years weeds, with the hope that many of the weed seeds were also incinerated. At this point I began to think the book should be landscape format and this subject will become a double page spread lino cut.
Mixing cement and building concrete-block walls is hard, thirsty work, especially in the heat of the summer and the builder deserves a well-earned beer at the end of the day, especially when an important stage is completed. These…
Working again on the Stockhausen piece for solo clarinet, In Freundschaft. The installation photo above shows two large paintings together with smaller sketches. The painting on the right wall measures 96 x 42 inches, while the painting on the back wall measures 72 x 48 inches. These are derived from the "master painting" (67 x 108 inches) seen below. None are intended to be the definitive, or final work in this series, as it still a work in progress. These pieces started life as interpretations or responses to a piece of music, but there comes a point in the creative process where the painting grows and matures and develops a life of its own and leaves the home, so to speak.
The main challenge is how to represent the linearity of music on a single rectangle and the solution might be a series of paintings. I have made a series of linear drawings in book form, where the pen behaves like an oscilloscope of sorts. One may argue that there is just as much potential in a single pa…