Couple of drawings of flowers and a leaf... graphite on cartridge paper... each one took me about 1 hours. The 2 flower drawings are drawn from a book, the leaf drawing is drawn from a leaf from my garden.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
The Car sculpture in my previous post reminded me of this sculpture I found a while ago by Maya Lin, called '2x4 Landscape'
The sculpture 2 x 4 Landscape is fabricated from thousands of construction grade 2 x 4's placed on end. From above they transform a landscape into a pixel-like view of a hill, incrementally rising in height to form the hill. Its form, imaginary but consciously shaped, makes ambiguous the boundary between land and water. It is both reminiscent of a landform and a water wave. The duality of this shape is noticeable as you walk around it, and is oriented in the space so that from two approaches it appears as a simple hill and from the other sides it appears fluid and amorphous, a wave about to crest.
'2 x 4 Landscape', Wood 36' x 53' x 10'
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I should have been completing some/any amount of Uni work this weekend but failed on that, instead I did these small-ish paintings. The colour I just used a dry brush and smudged the paint on, let it dry then drew the design on in pencil then painted over with black acrylic... I pretty happy with how they turned out.
'Incredibly simple, simply Incredible' - 35cm x 27.5cm
'Blue Link' - 45cm x 60cm
Friday, March 19, 2010
Alright.... so after experimenting with Gouache I've made the decision I really don't like the medium.. It's like trying to paint clay..! it's sticky, hard to get the right consistency with water, dries pretty quickly but then 'un-dries' in a way and mixes if it comes in contact with any more of itself... PLUS it's freaking expensive for what it is. Pass
But on the other hand I really like how this design came out... I just used tints and shades of the complementary colours of green and red. Quite Peeeertty!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Some I was thinking the other day about the idea of how much we actually 'think' and the level and quality of 'presence' we have in everything we do. It feel likes this unawareness (I guess you could call it) is what characterises our life. Our body does so many things automatically and does them so well that our mind, our attention and intention, and our awareness really only need to participate peripherally in most of what we do.
Think about it...
We walk without have to decide which foot to move when and exactly were to put it. Our body automatically takes care of the details of walking, with only some high level directional input from our mind. We speak without having to consider how to shape our mouth and tongue, how much tension to apply to our vocal chords, or how to breathe to make the sounds of each word. Our body automatically looks after all those details with only some high level direction from our mind and heart on what words to say and what intonation to use... but then again life would not be pretty bleak and wasteful if every step we took or every word we spoke have to have ones full awareness to complete.
Thinking about it more... while our bodies are completing these automatic movements of everyday life our minds are on this endless stream of self generating, associative thoughts runs on automatic, without any intentional direction. One thought triggers another related thought, which triggers a third related to the second. Soon our thoughts have no apparent relationship with the first thought. And then some sensory perception pops into our awareness, the sound of a word, a sight, a pain, and our thoughts abruptly fly off in another direction altogether. This semi chaotic mind goes on all day, every day.
I guess another problem with this endless stream of thinking is the extent of how much we live as our thoughts. Their very familiarity lulls us into assuming that, in some fundamental sense, we are our thoughts (or will be) that what our thoughts thing is what we believe, and that we are, or rather I am, the thinker and creator of those thoughts. But even a little observation of our mind shows that these ever-present associative thoughts are thinking themselves, constructing themselves out of the material of our experiences, information, and habitual patterns, along with those current sensory stimuli that are strong enough to break through our perceptual filters. But then the questions comes up who are we if we are not our thoughts or our personality... The best answer I can come up with is that we are our will.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
"There comes a time when you must stand along. You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams. You must be willing to make sacrifies. You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved. Sometimes familiarity and comfort needs to be challenged. There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities. Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better. Be confident enough that you won't settle for a compromise just to get by. Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop and find your true sense of purpose in this life. Don't stand in someone else's shadow when its your sunlight that should lead your way"