A deep and heartfelt thank you to all of your comments on my last post. I've even
received emails from bloggers checking in, making sure I'm OK, wanting to connect
in a more personal way than in a comment. I was quite moved and thank you all for
your thoughts and well wishes.
I haven't done much in the studio, still needing to spend time wih my deep feelings,
and managing some debilitating fatigue. But at this time of the semester, my
students are working on final projects leaving lots of space for me to draw in class.
I've been wanting to try white ink on black paper, so here are my owl and tree doodles
of the last few weeks. They are related to my scratchbord drawings in that they
are black and white, so I'm interested in taking them further and possibly playing
with white acrylic ink with the scratchbord. When I'm back in the studio - this
week, I'm praying! - I'll give that a try.
A burst of snow and cold at the start of December seems a distant memory, as
relative warmth, rains and mists have filled in the rest of the days. Today the
sun came out and the forest sparkled and Pasha and I had an afternoon wander.
Fungus and circles on logs and a tree full of lines slowed our wander to a
slow meander. Pasha, always the gentlecat, doesn't ever seem to mind the slow
pace while I'm looking. He finds something to investigate, or dashes up and down
tree trunks to get the most out of the adventure. Of course, for a cat, vertical miles
are just as easily accessed as horizontal ones.
He waits patiently at times, too, not suspecting that he is the subject of my
Before I started the white ink owl drawings, I set up a small set on the windowsill
at school, and looked closely at my collection of drawing objects through the
eye of the camera. Dried jewel weed, tomatillo husks, a willow leaf and the
mysterious weed that made such wonderful lanterns in the last post were the
most agreeable subjects.
One thing led to another, and I've been playing with the camera more than
with ink and brush. Below is a series of images investigating light and speed.
The first was made on a particularly beautiful afternoon in the forest. I
moved the camera slightly in an arc as I was shooting. Then the idea took off
and I've been taking photos on my home commute in the fading light.
(I love the one below, notice the instrument lights!)