This is an ink drawing (sepia and black pens, black ink wash) done from a collage of several of my own reference photos. It measures 14” x 11” and the scale and complexity are far beyond any drawing I’ve ever done.
This is a playful exercise in gridding from a reference photo but purposely distorting the grid you draw into. It’s a combination of intense, focused work and delightful results. Graphite on paper.
Reference photo: a publicity still of Olivia deHavilland and Errol Flynn in “Dodge City”
I’ve been taking a Drawing class at Mendocino College to carve out time to work on charcoal and graphite technique.
This is a tonal study in charcoal of a piece of cow skull.
A small version of this 24” square is titled “Chasing the Moon.” However, the reference photograph is courtesy of my friend, Jo Adell, and the canvas came heavily pretextured, being part of a cache of used canvases worked on by the late Holly Cratty yet not part of her chosen body of work.
As the new year opens, my aim is to do a series in which rather than obliterating Holly’s marks and textures I find a way to collaborate with her.
In late November I started a new series of paintings based on photographs of the sky as day opens or closes, This is the first one, from a reference photo taken some years ago as I stepped out into the driveway to fetch the morning newspaper.
In 1997-1998 I worked on a series of 24” x 16” paintings under the heading “Pacific,” though in reality I referred to them as my Fog Rothkos. Each day on leaving the house I would look west to Ocean Beach and memorize three colors: sky, fog, water.
When I was deciding on small pieces to make for my Open Studio, the little 5” x 2.5 - 3” Claybord samples I had recalled the dimensions of the Pacific series. These are two of the tiny paintings I made. They were a lot of fun!