Sunday, January 14, 2007

A red layer, then a yellow, both all over. Then a more opaque blue layer only on the sky.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I am going to try a new-to-me painting technique: Grisaille. So I will try and show the stages as I get to them. This is the first bit: a charcoal drawing a top a gesso-ed surface, then you do a series of glaze washes in complementary colors. Here is the first glaze: green.

I'm trying to make drawings again. Its been many years since I sat down seriously at it, so I am starting off simple with a straight forward portrait. Portrait making is something I used to do as exercise in art school, so it's something I can come back to, revisit. I am in the process of seeing if I can remember how to make lines look like they all communicate. But slowly I am enjoying it again. What I miss about art making in photography is this kind of process: the slow growth of an image. Sitting down with it and making little is all about that temporal moment, and in drawing, you just get to explore that aspect longer. So this is nice: sit down in your little back room for awhile, drink tea, get your hands all charcoal-black.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Trip to Deer Park Monastery, WI

Quiet monastery trip, with the dark coming down and a fullmoonsunset. Both could be seen at the same time, full moon, orange fiery sun. First look one direction, then turn around. This is the advice I once received from Tom, a photo teacher of mine: compose your perfect image, consider line and shape, color, juxtaposition. Now....turn around. Press the shutter.

Backwards logic, I thought. But really only a device to question your intention, or steadfast compositional choices. Here it seems just intuitive, smart advice. Turn around.