Thursday, March 23, 2017

Epicia and Other Things

We carried this epicia (chocolate soldier) plant home on the train from New Orleans to Mishawaka in the early eighties.  It was a daughter of my aunt Margie's epicia.  Aunt Margie will turn 100 this September, and both she and this epicia (one of several offsprings of the original that we have) are flourishing.
Also today:  Mexican restaurant diners including look-alike father and son,
and a field of wheat waving in the wind. (Carved from a drawing in my Italian journal from summer 2006)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mamas and Lambies Up Close

Maya and I went to watch the lambies and their mamas this afternoon.  We saw thirteen babies running in a pack round and round the pasture, leaping like circus dogs.
Meanwhile some of the moms were close enough and still enough for me to draw in relative detail.  The lambies have big strong looking legs and skinny bodies.  The ewes have recently been shorn.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Getting to Know the New Bonzai

My son M and his family sent me a beautiful little eight year old schefflera bonzai tree that arrived today. The tree is actually a miniature grove of trees, with intricately articulated trunks and the history of careful pruning in evidence.
After removing it from its elaborate packaging and setting it up in a sunny window, I grabbed a pen and sat down to get to know it.  The best way for me to explore something is to draw it, so as I looked and looked I dragged my pen along the page.  The drawings are really just a record, like the furrow in the field behind a plow pulled by draft horses, a furrow on the page made by my drafting hand, marking where my eyes have been.
I realize drawing means different things to different people.  To me the process is more important than the tracing left behind, the drawing. The ten thousand drawings project is about ten thousand explorations of the visual world.  That's why carving (or printing a carved block) and pen drawing are both forms of drawing -- to me.

Monday, March 20, 2017

More In-Progress

Today I worked on the other two trees and also
a couple of cicadas.
I need to make a tiny olive stamp.
Below are a cicada sketch and block.

Prints in Progress

I'm working on a book about translation.  This is a proof of a little block of an olive tree.      9370
Here are the blocks.       9371 and 9372
And here are the graphite tracings of the drawings, which I will transfer to the rubber by flipping them over and rubbing the backs with my fingernail.  9373, 9374, and 9375.
I recarved the tiny olive block and here's a better proof.  The color isn't right-- need to get a brown stamp pad.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Drawn after cleaning out the vegetable bin and while listening to the news.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lambies and Relaxing Bulls

I drove past the white barn pasture and there were 13 lambs!  I pulled in to draw them but all I had were some receipts;  so these sketches are on the backs of my A C Moore receipts.
Across from the lambs two large bulls dozed.
The babies played like long-legged puppies.
The mamas grazed and rested.