ancient moth

ancient moth (2)

He flew on earth decades ago.  He flies in heaven now, heavenly moth.

I have pictorial plans for this guy.  The wheels are turning.  You see, one finds all manner of strange and curious things during the Big Tidy Campaign of 2017.

on the wall: Sea Flower

sea flower

This small painting Sea Flower will be on exhibit beginning this week in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, at the Torpedo Factory.  It combines two of my favorite things — a Queen conch seashell and my favorite floral cloth.

Here’s another view of the cloth, a detail from another painting.

flowers in the cloth

The favorite floral cloth ends up in a lot of things.

In Sea Flower the two subjects almost blend together in a fairly abstract image.  It was the camouflaging of the seashell in the painting that made me realize that the Queen conch is kind of a flower itself, a hard beautiful calcite flower.

The painting on exhibit is for sale. Inquire for details.

Some things on a table

still life drawing for yellow ptg

Today I’m doing a rehearsal drawing for a painting that’s in the works.  This still life drawing — itself still in the works — makes up one part of the painting.  I make the drawing to reacquaint myself with all the objects and because it is fun to draw it.

I work on this practice drawing from a photograph I took a long time ago and also from a drawing I made in front the actual still life, also from a long time ago, and as it happens all the objects in the two references are seen from a slightly different angle than they are seen in the painting, which as you may have guessed, I began a long time ago.  So I will have to turn the positions of the things from memory.  And making the rehearsal drawings is one way to better understand the things in relation to each other.

Plus, as I say, it’s fun to do.