Sunday, January 4, 2015
Gotta say, I don't enjoy this time of year, cold and dark as it is. I don't really like hunkering down in the house trying to stay warm, but there are some good things. I catch up on my reading, watch some of the old movies that have piled up on my DVR, and I doodle and paint more than any other time of year.
Take this doodle, drawn yesterday in a successful attempt to avoid having to make some hard decisions about a collage/painting that is cooling its heels in the studio. I had recently read an interesting book about Kurt Vonnegut's drawings, and spent a nice afternoon really looking at them, reading an introduction by his daughter Nanette, and an essay about his art from a critic. Then I shamelessly copied a few into my sketchbook, since that seemed to be the best way to analyze his style. For me, anyway.
Then I opened an email from Carla Sonheim, whose fascination with doodling into photos of sidewalk cracks leads to some very interesting, and often whimsical, results.
Anyway, I downloaded her "crack of the month" - which sounds dubious but is quite legitimate, and found myself channeling Kurt's style, more or less. And I liked it.
So, this afternoon I will quite procrastinating and go up and see what I can do with that troublesome collage/painting.
Happy new year.