The Whispering Wind

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The Whispering Wind
2013
ink on paper
10″ x 16″
© Richard A. Kirk 2013

I finally finished The Whispering Wind. Many, many hours of tiny brushstrokes went into this piece, which is my favorite of 2013, so far. The title is from Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven:

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

It’s not meant to illustrate the song but rather to express the mystery inherent in it. The title is a departure point for the piece.

The Whispering Wind is not for sale – it is heading off to Denmark – however I will probably do a print of it in 2014, maybe for next year’s Fan Expo in Toronto.

– Richard.

The Whispering Wind – Progress

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The Whispering Wind – detail
© Richard A. Kirk 2013

Here are a couple of details from The Whispering Wind. I’m focused on the characters for the moment. The background will be rendered in lighter values to make the figures stand out a bit. Sometimes I like to bury everything in a dense mass but this piece calls out for a different treatment.

– Richard.

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The Whispering Wind – detail

The Whispering Wind

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A Detail of the Whispering Wind
2013
ink on paper
© Richard A. Kirk 2013

Here is a look at the work I’ve managed to do on The Whispering Wind. I am using a very small brush on this drawing – literally one brush – so progress is slow but steady.That’s fine, there is no deadline on this piece other than the one I set for myself. My productivity in the summer can be correlated to the level of rainfall. If the weather is nice, the garden usually trumps the drawing table. So far, it’s been a wet summer.

I am continuing to edit, revise my novel Necessary Monsters, finding ways to make it tighter, improve the flow, incise text that is good, but extraneous (the hardest part). I’m setting aside these latter bits for future use. As a result, I think NM is becoming a stronger narrative. Let me know if you know a decent literary agent.

I really enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane this past week. The story and the imagery were fantastic. Perhaps one day, one of the small press publishers that I work with will do a nice illustrated edition and hire me to make the pictures. So, if you haven’t had a chance, give this a read.

Now to work. Oh look, it’s raining.

Richard

The Whispering Wind

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The Whispering Wind – a work in progress
© Richard A. Kirk 2013

I had an artistically productive day yesterday. I got in an hour and a half on novel edits sitting in Williams coffee shop. Later I prepped two silverpoint miniatures. One for a series called the Iconoclasts and another for The Secret Society series. I’ll show these little guys once they have been finished. In the meantime, I’ll give you a peek of a new ink drawing in progress that I’m doing called The Whispering Wind.

The Whispering Wind is of course a line taken from Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. The alliterative line has knocked around in my head for years and unexpectedly, when I had drawn 2/3 of this under-drawing it popped into my head. And there you are. The drawing wasn’t intended to have anything to do with the song. Or was it? Who can say what connections and associations happen in those hidden neural pathways. I am happy to imagine that at some level the line spoke to some part of my subconscious.

This is the first step. It’s a pencil line drawing on 140lb Arches hotpress paper. The next step will be to render and embellish the image with diluted acrylic ink using small brushes. I’ll post updates from time to time for those that are interested.

– Richard.