Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I've been working on a new drawing; it's a 10 x 15 inch view of the Falls of the
It took me a while to decide whether to use my black ink Pigma Micron pens, or to use my walnut ink with dip pens and brushes. Finally I decided on the walnut ink. It's more cumbersome, and the risk of a drawing-ruining accident is higher, but I think I'll be happier with the look.
Photos to follow.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Another exchange, this time stemming from a conversation about arnica massage oil:
Me: "I like the way it smells. What is arnica, anyway?"
Kim: "I think it's a kind of shrub."
Me: "Huh. A shrub. It would also make a good name for a baby girl."
Jill, yelling from the next room: "Shrub??"
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I'm not a scrapbooker. I wonder what the ratio of male scrapbookers to female scrapbookers is? Probably about 1/90? Anyway, I just heard someone talking about scrapbooking, and it made me think about it. I like the idea of scrapbooking, but I really dislike how most scrapbook hobbyists are doing their scrapbooks. (Disclaimer: since I'm not into scrapbooking, I only see a very small selection, so what I see might not be very representative.) The reason I dislike it is because I want it to be more journalistic and information-loaded, but it seems like most of the examples I see are 90% style and 10% substance.
Maybe it's just a matter of expectation. I associate the idea of scrapbooking with keepsakes and memories. But if people did what they are doing and called it something different, like "Skrapping," I'd never give it a thought. I'd just think of it as an art form somewhere between photography and collage.
This reminds me of my attitudes about the naming of artwork. I think many, or perhaps most, artists are lousy at titling their art (and I recognize that this means that most other artists probably would think that I'm lousy at titling mine). I want art, even abstract art, to be some form of record of actual experiences; furthermore, I want the artwork itself, not the title, to be the vehicle for any fanciful associations.
This means I don't like it when someone paints a landscape and titles it something like "Evening Symphony." If a viewer is going to regard the painting to be a symphony, I think the artist should leave it to him or her to make that connection. "Evening" is a better title, and I'd even prefer "Evening: This Reminds Me of a Symphony."
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, whose paintings I really like, used musical terms in titling his paintings, but it doesn't bother me because they were used in a subtler, more consistent way. His titles work as simple catalog entries.