Today, some narrative. This is a re-make of a photo collage I did awhile back of Gracie following me out of the yard, and then getting annoyed when I closed him outside. He did his little “M-a-ow” noise and in the end, I went back out of the yard and picked him up because he looked so pitiful.
I’m thinking about doing a children’s book. This won’t be it, but the idea that I should practice illustrating narratives came into my head, and here you are.
Someone recently asked me if I thought pets had souls. When you see how they react to being tricked, much the way a person would, it is hard to say that they do not.
This drawing is inspired by a combination of things.
Over time my work has become process oriented, meaning that I draw in an order and with a direction to create something that can be viewed as a series of events as well as an end product. Many of the oil-pastel drawings from the last several years were used to create time-lapse or stop-motion animations of ebb and flow.
Some of that orientation to process comes from my passion for fiber and structures that connect and go together in a logical way. The latest big project that I’m working on (the rag rug) is an example of that tendency. Each ring is executed in its own way with transition to, or contrast with the next one. There are rules that each ring follows that create the overall harmony for the piece.
Today, instead of using a radial pattern, the sketch uses a variety of directional squiggles to portray how one would use texture to create a visual rhythm. Complementary colors are used intermittently with analogous colors to add to the tension and flow of the piece. I’m thinking about using it for another rag-rug when I’m done with my current one. It is based somewhat on 004:365 Quilt: