Tuesday, April 20, 2010


"I have got to find the river,
bergamot and vetiver
run through my head and fall away.
Leave the road and memorize
this life that pass before my eyes.
Nothing is going my way."

R.E.M., Find the River

Sunday, April 11, 2010


This weekend I painted a little bit on Saturday night with Elle.  I tried to work on getting vibrant colors, so I used a lot more fresh pigment than I had been, and the results were dramatic.  I also used an entire piece of paper, as opposed to cutting it down to a practice size.  I think this had the positive effect of allowing broad, graceful strokes, whereas with smaller pieces of paper there is a tendency, at least for me, to stiffen up and produce shakiness.

Friday night I went to an event for Ellen's workplace that was held at the Petersburg Regional Art Center.  Ellen pointed me to one studio in particular, that of Chesterfield resident Greg Lewis.  His work is mostly structural, for lack of a better word: pieces created out of found materials spattered with various shades of metallic paint, sculptures made of toothpicks, and pieces made of bits of shell.  It was really amazing work.  I will try to find more information about him on the net and share it here.

Red flower, uncertain variety, from a Facebook album.

Another flower, uncertain variety, Facebook.

The same flower, but using watercolor pencils as opposed to paints.

Splatter. =)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Urbi et orbi; universum.

I'm finishing this one up now, waiting for some of the really broad sections to dry.  Here's the process, though:

Original Picture, via Wikipedia.

My drawing, pencil and ink.  I wanted to scan it at this point in case painting over it totally demolished the ink.

Painted version: