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.
Points 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.
This picture was sent to me by a collector of my work, Jacob Ludvigsen. It is a miniature silverpoint series that I did called The Iconoclasts. It is really fulfilling to see my pieces so tastefully presented like this, and in Denmark no less!
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?
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.