Thank you, Elizabeth, for the wonderful idea of using my artwork as blog posts!
For three weeks now I’ve been scrambling double-time, writing frantically and then scurrying to create original images for the posts… It never occurred to me that folks might just enjoy the images for their own sake.
I made this sketch yesterday while waiting on a bookstore to open… One of my friends was really on my mind, and I sketched, wishing the love that I was putting into the sketch to find its way to them.
I was thinking about how often we move through sadness and confusion and fear to get to better places. Along the way, the world can feel dark and terrifying.
Sometimes when we detect the tiniest tear in the veil of illusion of this world, the shaky ground seems to yield into abyss…
This afternoon, I added color to the sketch… You’ll get to see it in a couple days!
Second in a Series of Four.
From a 25-year-old sketchbook of mine…
Change and difference are both good.
Progress is inevitable.
My friend John and I were hanging out listening to some live music a few weeks ago…
Open Mic night in a small local venue… Conversation? Out of the question.
I remembered my pack of ATCs (artist trading cards) and fountain pens. We decided to take turns sketching on the cards…
We each sketched for a few minutes, and then swapped cards and continued the drawing the other person had been working on.
Here you see one of the sketches. Maybe John will scan and post the one he kept…
I love that I can hardly even remember which lines are “mine”, versus “his”.
I often consider “my art” so personal, so self-expressive…
Giving away authorship on these sketches bumped me out of self-absorption and into a new understanding of the Emptiness of “art”.
“Change and Difference” is a series of sketches I did in 1986, when I was trying to make sense of my feelings and intuitions about life.
I’m only now able to even attempt to put words to the images…
I’ll post these sketches in four strips over the next week.
Progress is Good.