Saturday, April 25, 2015

Color Collecting III

While hiking to the climbs in Red Rocks I want to just sit down and start grinding the sandstone into pigment powders.  I don't know that much about extracting pigments from earth and ores, but I do know I would not get very far plopping down next to the trail and picking up random rocks.  But as I trudge up the loose slopes in the shadow of the canyon walls I dream of dipping my paint brush straight to the ground and gathering the colors into it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Map of Motherhood

What am I doing, reading, day-dreaming, typing, changing diapers, soothing, laughing, walking, cooking, blogging?  I should be creating dammit!
I want to map motherhood like a strange trail I have stumbled along so far.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hunter Gatherer Artist

It's is fun to come up with word combinations and test their power over people.  I suppose it is the same with visual arts but words just hang there everyday.  I think I (and many others) take words for granted.  Especially in an Information Age.  We most often emphasize the content not the syntax in our day to day communications.  We are now watching grammar and spelling take a back seat to expediency.  I strive for my art and writing to have form and content.  To capture, move, and communicate.

So the phrase Hunter Gather Artist is a way I am attempting to use words to ensnare you and ask for more of my art. My art is created through the act of seeking powerful unrelated ideas and combining them visually into a meal for the viewer. What is important here?  Today the words are important.  They are the means to the end.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Color Collecting II, field of salmon


The iPhone 5 camera does not capture the true nature and intensity of reds and oranges and salmon hues.  Especially the earthy pigments, ochers, iron oxides, siennas. 
 Looking at these rocks as a palette I am reminded of Victoria Finlay's book
Color: A Natural History of the Palette.  An amazing half history half travel log that takes you on her search across the globe for the origins of pigments.  Just as she was color collecting so too am I.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Color Collecting, Red Rocks Nevada

Headed to Red Rocks, Nevada for a climbing trip.  As you can see from my recent posts I have not been in the studio working on books in the past week or so.  April has not only been a month of commitment (I'll be it a little lofty) it has also been the month of adventure.  I just returned from a trip to Memphis so that our family could scatter some of my dad's ashes where he grew up.  We cast some of him under the Golden Gate Bridge and the remainder my brother will take to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.  They spent much of their time together hike those peaks.
So now I head to the desert for some purification.  


Monday, April 13, 2015

Pattern Study, I


I have been doing more and more pattern study.  It is an easy way to keep hand and eye conjoined.  I stumbled across some books and websites on meditative drawing, tangles, www.tanglepatterns.com There seems to be a bit of a mini art movement that envolves certified instructors and "official" designs. Zentangle being the most organized www.zentangle.com
I use my afternoon commute to work different patterns. A nice bit of time to make small sketches.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Keeping the hands and eyes joined


Sketching daily is the best way I know to keep the hands and eyes joined.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Learning to Q


If I am going to keep my April commitment then I need start making more than one entry when u actually have both the time and the brain to make something worth reading/following.  At the moment I am crammed on a plane under a sleeping toddler half watching somebody's movie over their shoulder.  Something surreal with Jared Ledo.
  Last time my view of the world was close to this I was free falling out of a plane.
What an incredible experience.  That was such a an adrenaline rush.  Jumping, falling, floating.  I want more.  But I also want to get back to seeing the earth from that perspective.  When the shoot was open I was so free and so .... Powerful (I guess).  I felt like the real Taska was out full force.  Can I capture that in a single image? Maybe a tunnel book?

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Color in my gut


The weather is finally giving us a little break and sending down rain.  Not enough to pack the Sierra but the garden is happy.  I am struck hard by the intensity of the colors when effected by the rain and the clouds here in Berkeley.  I can feel the colors in my gut.  Like warm sweet cream soup.  Cream of asparagus soup with lemon.  Oooo that gives me some ideas for the kitchen and the studio.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Commitment to Art Content

Funny how there are so many "challenges" out there that folks are committing to through social media. I guess it is a way to have your community hold you accountable for something. Of coarse you have to have a community to monitor you. So to get on board I need to give up the notions "I am a poor writer" "I have no time to make art" "the art I make is subpar". I just need to open the door and chuck them out. Let them go play in the yard by themselves.
Ok. Done. Shut the door, buckled down, and start generating content for the entire month of April. (The cat balanced on my arms between the keyboard and my nose was not originally factored into my plan. Really, Pipkin?)

Wow so here we are, generating content... yeah. Meta time: a post about what to post about. Art. Well that was simple. But I need a niche. Art books. Artist books. Art journals. Book arts. Art journaling. Bookmaking. Seems a pretty good list to me. The doesn't mean other art related things won't pop up in here. There also maybe some tangential things that inspire my art such as travel or dreams or even cooking. And yes the occasional baby entry might sneak in, but I will try to keep that to a minimum.