Viewing blog posts in April 2017

 

Happy Saturday Morning All –

 

Irises are coming up in my derelict garden. Quite a bunch in fact. Gotta love ’em for soldiering on in the face of careless neglect. I spend waaaaaaay more time drawing flowers than I ever did growing them!

 

It’s a sunny morning when they said it wouldn’t be. Had a lovely walk with my Sweetie, and now it’s time to get some picture making done. Off I go – have the finest day!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

Logan Flowering 134B

Flowering #134B

India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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In this picture, I particularly like that there are areas of gritty, grainy texture and quick, simply stated brushwork. They settled in together just right!

 

I so beat up the bottom middle that I inadvertently tore through the paper. Once that happened, I just pecked and ripped some more. It meant a good deal of patching and repairing before I finally flattened this picture, but boy oh howdy is that area dimensional and good looking now! You can click the picture to take a closer look.

 

Logan Flowering 157

 

Flowering #157

India ink and surface alteration on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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This morning, when I turned on my studio lights, I felt like I had to suck it up and face another tough day. But as it turns out, I’ve been so nose down that I’ve lost track of what was really happening! This has been a fine month of picture making. I’ve just looked through a big stack of keepers, and there are many more than I’d realized!

 

As I mentioned yesterday, it’ll be just a bit before I can capture really good images of my latest work for you. But here are a few quick and so-so snapshots to hold you over. These are by far the simplest, tamest pictures of the new batch. Kind of elegant actually, although that last one is starting to deconstruct. To give you an idea of how things have careened on from there, I’ve just tried to paint an inky flower on my arm and elbow – – – so I could press/print it onto my paper! THAT didn’t work. Which of course, means I’ll try it again.

 

Happy Day –

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

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The first tree pictures I made were so simple and sweet. Not sure I can say the same about the ones I’m doing now – but that’s not today’s concern. This picture is one of the early ones, and for some reason it puts me in a happy morning mood.

 

By the time I’m done with this cycle, I’m certain I’ll have at least one album of tree pictures to go along with all my bloom books. I might even have more!

 

You can click the picture to make it bigger – – –

 

Logan Flowering 68

Flowering #68

India ink and surface alteration on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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Lots of new pictures stacking up now, but they have to be flattened before I can capture good images.

 

Meanwhile, there are still plenty from last Autumn and Winter to show you. The one below began as a bloom but I think it maybe turned into – – – a tree!?! At least it’s a flowering tree. Huh. Well, I just go with these kind of things.

 

Hey, click the picture to really check it out!

 

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Flowering #116

India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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Logan Flowering 112

Flowering #112

India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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Happy Weekend All!

 

Not much happened by accident in this picture, yet it still has the freedom of spontaneous mark making. I quite like that balance!

 

Very often with pictures like this, I have to go through several attempts as I sort out the set of moves I’m looking for. So, while this actual picture didn’t take long to do, I must also count the time taken up by the also rans.

 

I managed to paint SEVEN really wonderful pictures on my best day ever. Wow! Normally, I’m doing pretty darned well if I get 2-3 nice ones and some others on the fence. Even at that rate, the keepers start stacking up! VERY SOON, I’ll begin sorting many of them into digital albums, as my first step in figuring out how to organize and bind them for real! I’ll show you all of this in progress – can’t wait for you to watch this project take shape!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

PS: Click the picture to really check it out –

 

 

 

Good Morning –

 

On a rainy day, here’s a flower in a spring shower! I’ll try and make more stormy pictures today.

 

Stay dry!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

PS: Click it to take a closer look-

 

Logan Flowering 148

Flowering #148

India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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Good Morning!

 

I’m pleased by this picture, not because of what I managed to get in there, but rather because almost everything that ought to be in a flower picture gets cut off! There’s lots of stem, but the blooms, instead of being the focus, overrun the edges. The one on the right barely peaks in. This was all intentional. I wanted to make a picture that was both awkward and elegant in it’s unexpected parts. Did I manage it?

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

PS: Click it to take a closer look-

 

Logan Flowering 49

Flowering #49

India ink and surface alteration on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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In fact it’s tame compared to many more recent ones (did you just think, “Really?”). Well yep, it is, just you wait and see. Keep checking back!

 

Oh, and have a lovely Sunday – Happy Easter if it is your holiday!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

PS: Click it to see it bigger –

 

Logan Flowering 48

Flowering #48

India ink and surface alteration on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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Hey ya –

 

One more post for the day: this is a picture I did last September. Can you imagine mark making much crazier and more syncopated than this? Oh, but it’s happening. I’ll show you a few of this sort in the next few days, so you can get used to looking at ’em before things turn wild!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

PS: Click it to see it larger –

 

Logan Flowering 52

Flowering #52

India ink and surface alteration on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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At last, I’m back in my own studio, slipping around in my ink slinging and trying to find new traction! My mark making has turned shockingly raw and chaotic. Geez. It’ll be a bit before I show you anything from the past week’s effort. I don’t know what to think – my brain must catch up to my hands, even as I press on.

 

Soon enough, LOTS of new stuff will begin appearing on my website! In fact, I hope it’ll be a kind of continual avalanche. Right now though, I want to show you what took me away from my own work for 6 weeks!

 

A dear friend of mine, Joe DeVito (he is a truly fine artist and sculptor), found himself facing conflicting deadlines which is rough, especially since he needed the income. Thus, I was contracted to refine and finish his commissioned piece for the Catholic Church. This was a looooooong way away from my current creative pursuit, but I once was a sculptor too, so in about a blink I found myself reworking and grinding away on the Holy Mother and Baby Jesus!

 

My first photo is of Mary and Little Jesus finished, and just out of the van after delivery two Sundays ago. I’m on the left and Joe is the one with paint on his clothes. Have you noticed that most of my clothes are black? The ink spots don’t show! I have known Joe for almost 40 years – it’s an incredible and very dear friendship.

 

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Here is Mary’s face as I began work on it – I had to rebuild the whole right side, because the casting was badly distorted! I also needed to soften the details of Mary’s face, so she had a more gentle and accepting appearance. All told, quite the challenge.

 

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She is almost done in this next view. Her right cheek, dimple and jawline are fine, smooth and elegant. Notice how her eye brows, the creases in here eyelids and the edges of her lips are also much more understated.

 

DeVito-Logan Sculpture 03

 

And here is little Jesus almost finished, although I still had to re-carve his toes, as well as the dove he is holding.

 

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There were so many defects and stress cracks caused by mold degradation and the uneven curing of the casting material. And there were thousands of bubbles that had to be filled. My sweet Reidun even pitched in (you can see her in the background patching away). Without her huge contribution, we would never have met the deadline.

 

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Patching and sanding, and more patching and sanding – it seemed never ending for awhile. The folds in Mary’s robe were quite lovely once final sanding was completed. In this view (below), things are well along:

 

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I especially like how Mary’s foot turned out – I completely re-carved it (the photo was taken before patching, so her toes have lots of bubbles). This sculpture will be on an elevated base. Many who pray will grasp that foot, so I gave it special care.

 

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And here we are at the end of our short tour. Once this piece is painted and sealed (it will remain a warm white), it’s going to a large church in Fort Meyers, Florida. Installation is planned for early next month.

 

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The whole project took more than three times what I thought it would. That’s fine. This lovely, moving work by my friend will be a focus of faith for generations. That required respect, and my best effort.