085:365 Visualizing Spring

085:365 Visualizing Spring

In Marching Band, I was in the flag corps. We would “visualize” our routines sometimes to help us practice. We’d sit in a circle, close our eyes, and imagine our bodies and our flags in perfect unison.

Today was a nice day, but it wasn’t the Platonic ideal of vernal weather. A little too cold, a little too sharp, not quite damp enough, at least to correlate with my internal vision of Spring.

But I suppose it would feel like winter still to someone from Northern California, and like a foreign country to someone from LA.

This is a drawing inspired by long bus-rides through the Spanish country-side as it filled with poppies during spring.

082:365 Pineapple Upside-down Cat

082:365 Pineapple Upside-down Cat

Another busy day. Today was run run run! That’s great, but it means that my drawing feels slapped together to me.

Around lunchtime, I came home to find Mikey looking dead sleeping on the green chair. He was breathing, but his eyes were glazed over and his head and paws looked unnaturally bent, and he didn’t move as he looked at me, except the faintest trace of his kitty-pupils.

But since most of the drawings I do are of Gracie, I drew Gracie in the same position. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try a really observed version of this. We’ll see, tomorrow is running around too! At least I’m busy!

081:365 Moving Mountains

081:365 Moving Mountains

Today’s drawing is a contemplation of illusion and space.

At first glance it is the same drawing as yesterday, but I decided to put more emphasis on analagous colors and leave only blue and orange complementary colors.

Though I didn’t notice it until the second row of blue triangles were drawn, the process ended up creating heart-shapes, an unintended side effect of the tiling process. So I decided to use the second layer to break them back up into analagous sets of triangles.

The ending effect leaves me pondering vanishing points and reflections. They look like hills and valleys, perhaps desert terrain and mountains, all vanishing into the distance with something that feels like reflections.

This drawing is a contemplation of progression in color, space, and maybe even time. Maybe I’ll turn the concept into a video of ever changing progressing colors along triangular rails that end in a vanishing point.

It almost reminds me of that Sesame Street video where the lights are sort of disco-flashy.

080:365 Triads

080:365 Triads

My father has been practicing all week for a choral event at church. It got me thinking about the cubes drawing from yesterday, so today’s drawing is “Triads.”

Beautiful progression of complementary and analagous colors creating a theoretical harmony of colors. Once it started, I thought, this would make a neat motif to go on a piece of cloth, but the bottom corners of the triangles are cut off. Maybe I’ll play with this idea a little more and re-do it.

[Edit: Forgot to tell you that this drawing was in fact done yesterday, and the entry conceived as such, but things being as they are, my computer was hard at work processing data for a massive database, and there wasn’t an ideal moment to interrupt it. Though I’m sure it wouldn’t actually have hurt anything, I’m superstitious about such things and there was plenty of offline work to do.]

079:365 Roth-Cube

079:365 Roth-Cube
Yesterday I was disappointed that the toned tan didn’t really show as much as I’d liked.

As a kid I couldn’t identify with abstract art, but for some reason Rothko paintings have always drawn me because of the color and the way space plays on the surface.

This is not inspired by Rothko, but when I had finished the central figure, the one you see here, I decided to leave the linen-colored tan paper blank. Then instead of filling the page, I made the color in each section glow and move the way the layered washes in a Rothko glow when you are close to them.

This drawing I did this morning, but have been busy until now.

Back into the breach!