Sunday, May 28, 2017

Jesse on Silky Blue Coop Produce Bag

 
Jesse's current favorite bed is a small silky blue bulk produce bag that I brought home from New Hampshire  last winter.
 
You can just barely see it sticking out to the left.
 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tree Maps, a Flock, and a Small Herd

 
I started out looking for holes in trees.
 
But then faces kept jumping out at me.
 
Love these little flocks and herds, up to their bellies in grass, moving like tides.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stone Totems 2

 
These are careful drawings of interesting stones that I found on a rocky beach along the east river trail this morning.
 
Some were so obviously holding forms.  I carried them home in a little bag and felt their contours without looking at them.
 
See if you can match them up.  Interesting to me how many are humanoid.  That groundhog lives in our backyard.  Bunnies are all around as are river fish.  (These are 9871-9877)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Finding Forms

 
Following in a way the oldest tradition that we know of in what has become known as art, today I followed the forms and shapes of seven river rocks that have always reminded me of animals.  I added watercolor to the stones, following the shapes and teasing out the animals that seem to live in them.
 
In the ancient cave paintings in France and other places, the abstract animal forms were conjured out of the surface undulations of the walls of the caves.  It is believed that Michelangelo, too, studied the pieces of Cararra marble that he used until he could discern the figure that was in the stone before he set to work freeing it.  Freeing the form within has also been the practice of many outsider as well as indigenous artists.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Opting for the Easy

You, too, would choose lounging on the bed sketching sleeping Jesse over stomping around in the chilly rain.
 
These are getting more and more abstract--
 

 
These are hardly recognizable as a cat.  More like cat-headscapes.

Monday, May 22, 2017

In the Native Plant Garden

 
The Native Plant Garden is back in the far fields near the archaeological site.  The beds are full after our warm, wet spring.  Today I saw indigo, a yucca plant ready to bloom ( although I don't think yucca is native to this valley), a yellow raceme that I didn't recognize, and a green blossom with little anther-bearing bbs.
 
Then came the butterfly plants-- milkweed and butterfly bush along with a low-growing foxglove-like plant just coming into bloom.