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Logan Ant 4 11-4-18

 

Worked hard and too long yesterday, so I ate too late. Didn’t want to go to bed on a tummy that was still working, so I did a little more ink slinging instead.

 

Late night rounds – especially when I’m really tired – can be pretty interesting. If I’m too pooped to care much about how things go, the unexpected happens. That can be good – – – or perplexing.

 

The first image (above) fell off my brush so fast it left me stunned. Wow – THAT was fun! The 2nd one (just below) is also pretty wonderful, though I feel it might need just a bit more? Maybe antennae or an eye? Was too pooped to risk more last night, and this morning I’m still wondering if I should just leave things be.

 

The last picture is weird. Started out incredibly well, but then the front end went astray. Too much so? Is it a keeper, or close but no go? Input welcomed.

 

Logan Ant 6 11-4-18

 

Logan Ant 5 11-4-18

 

 

Logan Ant 3 11-4-18

 

Here are quick studio snapshots of a large ant(?) and two smaller studies. All were done in furious outbursts, punctuated by periods of perplexed assessment. Kinda fun, aren’t they? And kinda weird too.

 

Where are these coming from? They’re a lot like fossils, but also look a bit spray painty – like street art. Thats a complete surprise – about as far away from my work and sensibility as I would have thought you could get. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m certainly headed – – – on?

 

Logan Ant 1 11-4-18

 

Logan Ant 2 11-4-18

 

 

Logan Thunderhead and Rain Skirt

 

Done this past summer in Montana. The view has such distance out there – you can see whole storm systems trailing their rain skirts across the plains. AND in the picture below, the accidental ink drip became the PERFECT black lightening bolt!

 

Logan Storm Cloud Study 1

 

 

Logan Dragonfly 1 10-31-18

 

– – – Quick snapshots of pictures underway – – – two dragonflies that look sorta fossil-like and artifacty, a Norwegian Mountain that must be finished – AND another monster ant. But I think I’ll turn my back on Mr. Monster today; he’s giving me ‘tude, trying to make me take his legs all the way to the floor. Not set up for that. Well, poop.

 

Logan Dragonfly 2 10-31-18

 

Logan Norway Mountain Sea 10-31-18

 

Logan Big Ant 10-31-18

 

 

Logan Ant 10-26-18

 

Just took my new studio set up for a BIG picture test drive today – IT WORKED!

 

Did this weirdo ant – but does it maybe have a little bit of a cow skull for a head? Hey, this is HUGE for ink – over 3′ x 5′! Oh man, the logistics and physical effort required have certainly scaled up too. Fun challenge though. I’m oddly thrilled with this picture.

 

HEY WAIT – I never told you about my major studio re-fit! Wow, okay, we need to chat  – – –

 

The goal was to adapt my modest workspace so I can tackle large work, hopefully up to 8 FEET in length. To manage it, I had to identify space that was either overlooked or that could handle overlapping uses. Here’s my construction mess at the beginning of day 2:

 

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Now, check out the photo below, of my new studio – – – isn’t my loooooooong worktable wonderful!

 

There’s ALWAYS plenty of unused air space in any room. That tower of shelves in the middle is on casters, so it can be easily moved around. It also has a small foot print for the great amount of paper and work it can store. The table that butts up against it is now totally free! And do you see my printing press? When in use, the bed actually rolls through and hangs over that same table. See what I mean by overlapping space?

 

In addition, I’ve added several new shelves, including two wide ones on which I can stack big work. There are three ways to back up in the room, so that I can look at and assess pictures underway, and the lighting is adjustable to any situation.

 

It’s a pretty cozy studio, but it’s also highly functional. I’m happy in it!

 

 

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Logan Rediscovered Drawing fragment

 

Recently rediscovered this fragment of a Yellowstone picture I discarded 9 years ago. So glad I kept it. I’ve come far, but I see that even then I was headed this way!

 

 

LOGAN FLOWERING 354

 

Particularly fine moves in this one!

 

It’s wonderful when a mark fresh off the brush has real character, and then I manage to add even more – like in the big, black, loopy petal at top. Did it with a beat up, split brush. Then, as the ink was drying, I pressed and ground into it to create gritty-gray patches.

 

Here’s a closer look:

 

Logan FLOWERING354 detail 1

 

LOGAN FLOWERING354 DETAIL 2

 

 

Logan Thunderheads and Rain 3 blog

 

I did quite a few storm cloud & rain studies this past August. Somehow, this seems like a quiet picture, yet it has an ominous undertone! I like that. Want to do more ambitious pictures of this sort – perhaps over the Winter?

 

 

Logan Thunderheads - Rain Clouds 5 blog

 

I may have shown you a quick snapshot of this, but here’s a hi-res scan of one of my best Montana storm cloud paintings. Done in my motel room because, well, how can I paint with ink in the middle of the rain?

 

Am still in the midst of my big studio retrofit, but new ink slinging is not far off now. Gonna be showing you stuff, so keep an eye out!

 

 

Logan Butterfly 10-11-18

 

These things are exploding outta me! It’s thrilling and exhausting, because it’s frantic and fast – no time to think, barely enough to keep swinging!

 

AND IT’S BIG WORK. The b’fly (above) is almost 5 FEET WIDE! Not set up for this ink slinging on this scale, although clearly, I better change that.

 

I won’t touch the one above – it’s done. Will try to finish at least the first of the moths below. The 2nd one may not make it. We’ll see.

 

Logan Moth New Start

 

Logan Moth

 

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 38 blog

 

I’m always getting better at creating the illusion of surface character. The mountain view above went a bit nuts on me – yep, it sure did. Geez, you might not even be able to tell what it is, but even so, I’m kinda thrilled by it. And all that seeming texture you see is actually painted or printed. You wouldn’t think it, but the picture’s surface is utterly smooth.

 

You can’t say that about the next picture though! The surface of that grainy, crumbly old mountain in the mist is horrifically beat up. I’m not certain the sheets would stay together if I hung ’em up! For the version I’m showing you, I’ve digitally mounted them on a brown, deckled edged sheet (did it in Photoshop). I’ll probably have to something like this for real to keep this picture together.

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 33 blog

 

If you spend a little time looking close at my pictures, you’ll discover that their surfaces are often very complex – a world within the world I’m portraying. I like altering my paper. It’s as if my pictures end up being as much in their sheets as on them!

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 33 blog detail

 

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 42 blog

 

I’m pretty much always at work somewhere within a long line of paintings & drawings. This was the one I did right after the mountain view I showed you yesterday. You can tell it was the next step. That’s how it goes with me – one picture leads to another – and ever on. No wonder there are stacks of work all over the place up here, in various stages of completion or crisis!

 

I’m learning all the time. Now I know that textures/marks/movements that you can see through are beguiling. Being able to look into the stacked up layers makes a picture seem more real to me, as if I’ve got it right all the way through.

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 42 detail

 

 

Logan Cat 519

 

Found this drawing in a discard pile! I bet I put it there thinking it was a bit too whacked, but now? Nope! In fact, I’m getting the urge to do more nutso kitties!

 

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 32

 

This seems to be a favorite among my little circle of advisors. The scan is also particularly good.

 

CLICK IT TO GET A REALLY GOOD LOOK!

 

 

Logan FLOWERING 353

 

The texture/scraping in the stem at right, and the scrubbed graininess of the bloom are especially wonderful. This is a tires old Autumn bloom, past it’s glory but stubbornly holding on.

 

Here are enlarged views of each sheet:

 

FLOWERING353 detail 2

 

Logan FLOWERING 353 detail 1

 

 

LOGAN CAT 525

 

Sometimes it’s just a little scrap of a cat found in a forgotten pile!

 

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 37

 

This has such presence! Why do certain pictures so claim their personality? Doesn’t seem to have much to do with me.

 

There’s brushwork and tricksy stuff happening in there, but also plenty of inked collage. And my method has turned very geologic = grinding, sanding, wrinkling twisting & torquing. At the end of it all, it took more time to get the picture stabilized!

 

Here are closer views:

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 37 detail 2

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 37 detail 1

 

 

Logan Flowering 309

 

A quick romp in grays = abstract + grainy + quick off my brush. There’s a lot of artifact too – and by that I mean all the marks/detritus that happened on their own along side the marks I meant to make.

 

I often move to fast to be neat – – – and isn’t neat pretty darned boring? It lacks surprise.

 

Logan Flowering 309 detail

 

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 26 BLOG

 

Here is the picture that led to the one I showed you yesterday, except this is a really good scan. Much better than a quick snapshot, right? Now you can see (and I hope appreciate) some of the nuance and cacophony that so often play tag in my ink work. I try very hard to layer and intermix textures you might not expect.

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 26 blog detail

 

 

Logan Mountain 9-30-18

 

CLICK THE PICTURE TO SEE IT LARGER – QUITE WORTH IT!

 

Just finished this mountain & water view – here’s a quick snapshot. Can’t wait to flatten/scan it. Then you’ll REALLY see it! There’s soooo much texture, grain and contrast happening in there that it almost hums with energy. Many more new pictures are coming too – keep watching!

 

Happy Sunday. If it’s lovely where you are, get out into the day – I’m gonna – – –

 

Your Buddy Bill