Off the Grid, Sort of but not Really

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This is an iPhone snap of a watercolor I did a few weeks ago. I plan to do a version of it in oil in due course. It was necessary to suspend my use of oil for a while as the products I was using led to some pretty trippy – but ultimately not fun – ocular migraines. Since then, I have added some odorless oils to my supply cabinet. I’m at the point where I can resume. I really like working in oil – though if you are familiar with my monochromatic ink work you would be forgiven for assuming otherwise. I’ll post my progress here.

At the moment, I am taking a break from social media, specifically Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so this blog is your best bet if you are interested in my new work. My reasons for stepping back are largely related to a desire to enhance my productivity, but they are also related to the attitudes the designers of these platforms have for privacy, data harvesting, and surveillance. Time will tell how these issues are resolved but for now I plan to be more circumspect in the use of the platforms (though in full disclosure these blog posts are shared to Twitter).

If these issues are of interest to you also, I recommend:

The Age off Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

World Without Mind by Franklin Foer

Zucked by Roger McNamee

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

These books have all been published recently and give excellent overviews of the issues from slightly different perspectives.

– Richard

Antipodes Project

Hot off the drawing table, a new ink drawing for the Antipodes Project originally started by artist Ben Tolman. Visit Joe MacGown’s blog for a good background on the project. I really enjoy creating these intensely packed drawings.

I should also mention that my drawing Hypnos is on display this weekend at Copro Gallery as part of the Underworld show. Contact the gallery for information.

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Hypnos, 2017, ink on paper, 11″ x 8″

Walking Backwards 2003

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Every now and then on this blog I surface a drawing from the depths of my hard drive. This one, from 2003, was done at a time when I was playing with the idea of doing comics, or a comic anyway. Other things came along and the idea was abandoned, partially for the sake of those other projects but mostly because a comic done in pointillism would basically have taken the rest of my life. Hope you enjoy this little peek.

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New Drawings

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Fish Scale, 2017, 10″ x 8,” Ink.
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Night Flowers, 2017, ink on paper, 10″ x 8″

Fish Scale was done as a personal piece, Night Flowers was a commission. Fish Scale may be an alien, walking a lonely shore on his first day on earth, or maybe he’s a creature that coalesced out of the landscape. Night Flowers stands before her mist shrouded woods. Is she barring entry, or is she here to guide you to a magic realm? I’ll let you come up with your own answers to these questions.

Voices Dry and Hollow

Here is a new piece that I finished this afternoon called VOICES DRY AND HOLLOW. The title comes from lyrics of a song by Team Sleep called Tomb of Liegia:

“Hear the crowd of ghosts,

Their voices dry and hollow,

Can’t you hear their calls?

They cheer me to the gallows.”

The art has no affiliation with the band, I just liked the words and the song. I hope you like the piece. If you are interested in purchasing this work, please check out my webstore.

Foundling

Foundling is a new drawing that I completed for the inaugural online group exhibition by WOWXWOW called Lightning Bolts and Little Sparks. In honour of the show the site has posted a new interview with me. I hope you’ll take the time to check out this incredible show featuring the works of a truly diverse group of artists.

Richard

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Foundling, 2017, ink, 27″ x 19″
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Foundling Detail 1
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Foundling Detail 2
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Foundling Detail 3

Hypnos

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Hypnos, 2017, ink on paper, 11″ x 8″
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Hypnos, detail
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Hypnos, detail

I just finished this new drawing. It was originally intended to be called Neume (see earlier post) but a different character emerged in my mind as I worked on it. I’ve added a few details for a closer look. This work will be for sale on my webstore shortly. If you are interested, hit me with an email or message.

Richard.