Oneiric Natural History

Detail from Bellman . 2009 . Ink on Paper

One of the joys of the year coming to a close is thinking about what  will come in the next year. This is a time when I make a lot of lists; possible names of new drawings, ideas for images, books I want to read and things to research. Right now I am thinking of a series of drawings that could be a book, or an exhibition or both. Time will tell. It’s going to be called Oneiric Natural History.

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Points of View

Points of View
6″ x 10″
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points_web_detailPoints of View was drawn in 2003. Some of these older works were scanned using an inexpensive desktop scanner, which was all I had at the time. I’ve tried to clean them up in Photoshop, but results are limited by the quality of the source files. Points was done at a time when I was doing a lot of grotesques in silverpoint.

The Warm Sea – Tales from Torporgraphic Oceans

The Warm Sea
a silverpoint work in progress

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The Warm Sea is coming along, slowly. I’m departing from what is physically possible here; water like sculpture, heavy headed plants on spindly stalks, to say nothing of the airborne jellyfish. One of the pleasures of drawing is you get to re-invent reality. Now seriously, wouldn’t you like to live in world where jellyfish can float in the air?




Mid-January Progress Report

The Invisible World
work in progress
ink on paper
12″ x 8″
The Invisible World (detail)
The Warm Sea (detail of a silverpoint work in progress).

I’ve been bringing these two pieces along over the last few days. I’ve been listening to a lot of Band of Horses, Wilderness of Manitoba and Besnard Lakes. It’s funny how different drawings have their soundtracks. I included the detail of The Warm Sea so you can get a little bit of a sense of the marks I’m actually making on the board (they can get lost in a scan of the full piece). It feels good to hit the ground running with the drawing this year. Richard.