Things I like to draw/ 4/21/16

This is what I do to train my eye. Drawing is how one learns to see.
I’ve started taking my folding chair out and spending a couple hours each day drawing… doing buildings, street scenes–something of a change for me. I ordered Pete Scully’s Creative Sketching Workshop–looking forward to working at urban sketching every day till the weather turns cold again.
Thing I like to draw apr 21 2116


The Most Relevant Art Today Is Taking Place Outside the Art World

Read article here –>  Artsy Editorial

“When artists operate outside the gallery space, whether because their work functions best there, or because they are forced to, they are both creating valuable art and making the limitations of traditional art institutions visible—physically, historically, and conceptually. Perhaps such work can even change those institutions, those structures of looking. Perhaps it can change society at large. And that’s unceasingly relevant.”

Things I like to draw

DSCN0356 Drawing things I like to draw tree bark

Drawing demands attention. I like to draw because it teaches me how to see. I know I’ve said that before, but I can’t emphasize enough how important that is to me.

I want art to be, not about making pretty things, but about vision. How to see, actively, creatively. I look for what most people wouldn’t see, and if they did, see without attention. Seeing–without opening the heart to wonder, without catching what we see in the webs of memory.  Here are some of the things I like to draw. (I encourage you to click and zoom in on these for detail.)

Things to draw asphalt pavement Asphalt pavement & peeling billboard

Things to draw bilboard

Things to draw tree root Tree root.

Things to draw utility pole 2 Things to draw utility pole Utility poles.

#504 Silverpoint

7″ x 5.5″ … with washed out water color. I draw the color, then hold it under running water… work the silverpoint into and around the remaining patterns. I used water soluble Neo-Color crayons… they take to the ground better than brushing wet water colors on and leave a texture that is caught by the silverpoint, and shading over them darkens the underlying color, as though the silverpoint itself were colored. Something to explore…
#504 Silverpoint



Texture and pattern on the Street

In front of A-Space

I set up a table outside A-Space Anarchist Community Center. People ask, ‘how much is this?’ I say–if you like it, I’d appreciate a contribution so I can keep making art… it’s what you can afford. The value of art can’t be measured in money–only in love and appreciation. Make me an offer… and it’s yours.

At first people don’t take me seriously. Have to educate people to think outside Capitalism.  Photo below, a section of weather-and-wear broken concrete near by. These textures are my inspiration. Some paint landscapes from a hill top. I find my art in a few square inches at my feet. Won’t this make a fine Silverpoint!

A-Space driveway concrete


My Nemesis


Working at my easel I heard a thump and a rustle of papers somewhere behind me.
Murphy had finally clawed his way through a box holding drafts–some 700 pages worth–of my great but destined to forever go unread first novel…. The Magic Slate… cardboard shredded, fell apart, pages sliding down the side and between other boxes to the floor.  ‘Nemesis’ was its first working title.
I wish the photo of #499 were better–I was pretty happy with it. I think I’m finding my way with metal point, my own signature.
A couple of painting I’d pulled out and set aside to paint over were rescued by Sire for his room. When I like–or dislike– one of my pieces, it probably hasn’t much to do with it’s actual merit–if such a thing is measurable. What I like isn’t so much the painting, as it is its power to suggest what I want to do next. The pieces I paint over are like closed doors to rooms I’m no longer interested in visiting. Metalpoint seems endlessly fresh, because I’m finding new ways to use it.
I’ve got the ground now where I like it. I can get beautifully modulated tones, and almost hear the grit of the silver as it slides over the surface–I detested the plastic-like feel of the unadulterated Golden Silverpoint ground. I use about 1/4 cup of high quality gesso, a heaping TBS of fine marble dust, maybe a teaspoon of water soluble brown ink (with soft Golden Titanium white if the ink makes it darker than slightly off-white–and the rest, Golden ground. Two cups.
 ‘Nemesis.’  The muse as fatal temptress… that an artist, writer, poet… can achieve the best of their ability only by pressing themselves beyond that… pressing on to an ultimate, and fatal failure.
I look at that dusty heap of papers… Fail… fail better.
(My second novel, Ari Figue’s Cat, was published in May, 2015. Check out the reviews on Amazon!)