I am working on this design at the moment.
Back to my work. I love geometry and math. This piece reminds me of pedals opening and incorporates the black space that I find so interesting. The process for this piece is to create one quarter of the design in a vector program like Illustrator. This was actually created in SuperPaint on the Mac in the 90’s. I would create a quarter of the design then flip vertical and make half of the design then flip the half to make a whole design. I then printed the design on a laser printer. Next, I turned the design/page over and scribbled on the page with a black marker in such a way that some of the scribble covers the design. Then I turn the page over and fill in the areas with a black marker that are bleeding through the page. Then I get out the color pencils and sharpies and color the design by hand. Then I scan it back on the computer so I can make infinite copies. So writing about this piece I get excited about doing more…
I am researching Michelangelo at the moment. Reading on a wiki. I am interested in him as he is one of the most acclaimed artist of all time, maybe the “archetypal Renaissance man”. And, he is listed as an artist that may have had mental illness. And there is evidence that he was gay. I guess I wonder about the later two. Some speculate that people with mental illness use different parts of their brains or access different parts of their brains. They are quicker to make associations. How can someone that is mentally ill create this level of art?
You can’t argue that he was passive or lazy. One could argue that his work is “perfection”. During his productive years he was in demand to the point that he was frustrated with interruptions. The Sistine Chapel puts the viewer at awe centuries after its completion. But these are history and religious paintings commissioned by powerful religious figures. Religious art today is more associated with folk art. Michelangelo didn’t have a choice to work in history or religious genres. That was the role of the artist of the day.
The work of Michelangelo inspires the arts today. Yet he was reclusive and really didn’t socialize with other artists including Leonardo Da Vinci or Raphael. He was so successful that he had biographies written while he was alive. I don’t know how historians can determine his sexuality centuries later but they point to the poetry he wrote in the later stages of his life. Considering his standing in the church, their current issues with homosexuality, and religious doctrine, it would be ironic if it were true.
This wordle is based on this blog, up-to-date. The word “Apple” pops out. That doesn’t surprise me. If anything I talk about Apple Inc. too often. What is the opposite of Apple? Microsoft? Android? I certainly am not a Apple purist. My workstation at my job is a Windows 7 machine. I do the majority of my day work on Windows but I create at home at night on a Mac. I don’t have a problem with that. It is great to have both platforms under my belt. But Apple has my curiosity. Watching them over the last 15 years has been watching the rise of the phoenix. I just wish I had the money to buy shares of Apple stock when it was $12/share. I just read that Apple (AAPL) is no longer considered by some to be a growth stock. I wonder if that is an underestimate? again?
So I thought I would talk about astrology. It fits into the whole mysticism topic. I think it represents folklore and it is a guide to personality but we aren’t tied to any outcome because of it. I read a great book on Saturn and it’s significance in astrology. It is suppose to be an indication of personality. The analogy is that of the store front. What is in the store front window and what is in the store when you go inside.
For example there are people that show off, brag, and have things that they show you they think makes them important and when you dig alittle deeper into their personality you find they are unhappy. That there is nothing in the store. They are a disappointment and you won’t come back. Then there are some people that have very little in the store front. They don’t show anything but when you get to know them they are great people. They may have so little in the store front you might not know that they are a store. And it can be a great surprise to go in and find plenty in the store. So in astrology the position of Saturn on the birth chart is suppose to indicate the personality and what is in the store front and what is in the store. I think it is a useful analogy.
You want to have something in your store front. Otherwise people won’t notice you at all. They will pass you by. You have to show you can interact with people. And when someone wants to come into the store and shop you need to have the shelves stocked.
I think this is true in all things. You balance your store front and the inventory. You don’t want to disappoint people by having everything loaded in the store front.
Let me digress…
As for the wordle above. I grabbed a definition of my sign in the Zodiak and made a wordle of it. Virgos are known to be picky, critical, and detailed oriented. I had a reading on my birth chart and was born as a double Virgo. For that reading, it was expected that I would become a teacher. I am. I was told I may not value things as much as I should. And I can be impractical. I certainly have that issue from time to time. But again, this is folklore talking and I don’t see it’s relevance beyond the wisdom of the ages that can be applied to anyone. Historically, Saturn was seen as a symbol of the “malefic”. But now it is considered as a predeterminer of personality in the birth chart.
Back to the store front. There are sad stories of people with so little showing but so much inside. People that are depressed or shy but that are hardworking and loyal. I see everyone with a store and a store front. Being more self-deterministic I just like the analogy and am not so convinced by the birth chart’s significance.
The way I meet people is in pick up games on the golf course. You never know who you will meet when you walk on and get paired with strangers. You can’t just play your game and say nothing. You have to make the effort to get to know them. You usually talk about work and family. Then you talk about anything. You complement good shots keeping in mind the level of skill of the golfer. So you have to size up the player. I’ve never had a bad experience with who I meet. In fact, that is how I meet most of my friends. I played with one quiet gentlemen and on the second hole he made a hole-in-one which is like winning the lottery. That was a long time ago. I’ve met talkers that are big personalities. They really like to talk. And sometimes they just talk so much you can’t concentrate on the game. They are actually boring.
But other times you strike up a conversation and that leads to a friendship, even an enduring one. Perhaps you get invited to tournaments or vice verse. Golf is a social sport. It can be a team sport. It has had an explosion of interest since the emergence of Tiger Woods. The only time I really don’t like golf is being paired up with golfers in singles tournaments that take themselves and their game so seriously. They have things in their store front, they are usually good players (a shiny object), but they don’t think they need to get to know you which is part of the game. So they are arrogant knobs.
Golf is so popular that I think I read that corporations are assigning employees to learn golf. If you want to learn more about golf I suggest reading the short but witty book by Harvey Penick. “The Little Red Book” and “The Little Green Book”. I subscribe to his methods of teaching golf and how and what he values about the game. The book seems to have little upfront but a wealth of interesting points about the game inside.
So in my usual fashion I print the drawing after I scan it from a little 3×5 notebook. Really I copied it and enlarged it. I then hand colored it with colored pencil and pen. Rescan it and play with fading photoshop filters to create more motion. This is what I get. So what I want is something with detail but based on an old drawing. The original was very small. Little 3.5 by 5 inch drawings. An abstraction about surfaces and shapes. I play with the edge by creating a border that is not perfect. The computer effects are hard to control. I apply an effect like zigzag and then fade it 50 percent to get a kind of ghosting of the drawing. The upper left corner needed more so I sectioned it off and applied zig zag and faded it to 60%.
I like the thumbnail as it is on this word press page.
So the next step is to see if I am satisfied or keep pushing the image. Another print out and hand coloring. Another scan and who knows.
I am starting to look at drawings and decide what to do with them. I have a few to work with and the temptation is to scan them and work with them using digital watercolor in Painter. But I started to scan them and just look at them as drawings. Here is a series of the same drawing examined through modifications in photoshop. I like the scale. These are from mini notebooks like Dunlap uses. Just little sketches. The original is about making marks and shapes. When I brought it into Painter I immediately was overwhelmed by all the tools.
Then I came up with this.
I am going to take this into Painter and zoom in and work on a detail level.