October 2008 Archives
An apple, painted slightly larger than life.
Today marks 1400 days of drawing or painting something and then posting it to this blog. I'll try to think of something special to do in 100 days: this particular mile-marker crept up on me without my really noticing it, which lets me know that my focus is on the day-to-day observation of the ordinary, on the point-to-point mapping of my everyday life, rather than on any grand goal... I guess the process IS the goal for me here. Thanks for keeping me company on the journey.
From memory, this is the sky from the upstairs hallway window at around 7:30 this morning. Remembering the old rhyme, I wondered about the weather as we headed to school. Chilly and beautiful - no rain.
In which I keep pens, mostly. And brushes. My materials shift gradually over time, as I find myself using something new for a while. (I've posted about my materials here.)
Today I got to help chaperone our school trip to this year's Carnegie International, "Life on Mars." (I know, nice work, eh?) Our charge was to think about questions of alienation and the rapidity of change. During our chance for independent exploration, I needed to keep track of time and meet my group again for our tour, so instead of trying to see as much as possible, I took a moment to sit, reflect, and then paint.
I found the word "eon" in the wall text of the show's title, and liked thinking about the compression of time and the cropped letters from the middle of the show's name. I knew I was going to see a fraction of the show, so it seemed an appropriate choice on that account as well.
Two years ago, I painted or drew every day in the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History for nine months. After that daily experience, each new visit to the museum is both familiar and disorienting. Kind of like "Life on Mars," I suppose.
"If I could go to a limestone cave for my birthday, it would be a dream come true."
So of course we went. Laurel Caverns, Pennsylvania's largest cave, is about an hour-and-a-half drive southeast of us. On our underground walking tour we learned that silaceeous limestone caves like this one don't have stalactites and stalagmites (too sandy) but the sculptured walls and network of passageways were beautiful. And we did see two (sleeping) bats. This is the view from the deck of the visitor's center afterwards, looking out from Chestnut Ridge toward Uniontown.
Visiting family for the night - uncertain wifi - will post today's drawing from home tomorrow.