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THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 20098 years ago
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I've Been Working in Coffee of Late

I will be posting some new work.

I begin with black ink drawing and then select the coffee of my choice to paint washes of coffee on the lines--leaving some, blurring others.

 

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FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 200710 years ago
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Flipping Through a Sketch Book

This is just a random sampling of subject matter that I'm presented with on a daily basis ranging from interiors of old Charleston houses, to sleeping babies, to interiors of churches & restaurants.

I know I'm gleaning from natural form and learning from it. If I'm not actually learning, it's reinforcing what I already know.

You will find a study of Pendleton Street which is a key element in my West Side batik show coming up in two weeks. And you will also see the drawing I did of the Atlanta Boy Choir Friends and Family Concert last weekend.

 

Sketchbook Drawings

Random sketchbook material.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 08, 200710 years ago
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A Wrinkle in Line

This drawing reminds of my early exploits into art. I couldn't have been older than second grade when an elderly lady sat for me. I was mesmerized by her wrinkles and did my best to get them while I was drawing. Upon completing the drawing I presented it to her and told her that I was very sorry I couldn't get all the wrinkles. My mother was embarassed, but the woman was rather amused. Through the eyes of a child you are who you appear to be. There's no shame in that.

I guess I was a visual artist from the beginning. Sentimentality can close our eyes to the unexpected essence of life. The things we think are bad--are they really?

Abraham Lincoln said, "After forty, you are responsible for your face." The expressions, the demeanor, the attitude and the lines are all dictated by the spirit that governs your face. Even the lines that are God given fall in pleasant places when the attitude is sweet.

Off to make more cracks (in batiks),

Mark

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FRIDAY, MARCH 02, 200710 years ago
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Ansonborough Petite

Petite but not batik. This acrylic bespeaks the antiquity of this area of Charleston as well as a bit of the mystery that I feel as I overlook it. One must savor Charleston personally to appreciate it--Charleston in it's nooks and crannies, not just it's Rainbow Row.

Retreating to the Blue Ridge Mountains for inspiration & refreshment,

Mark

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THURSDAY, MARCH 01, 200710 years ago
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Canus Major

Canus Major--my Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound--sleeping on the futon at my studio. He at times is a helpful addition. He instills a measure of respect among the less charitable locals.

Mark

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 200710 years ago
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Portrait of Girl

I found this girl intriguing because she had fun stories about her life in Alabama and how folks there would get real excited when they got "new underpinnin' " for their trailers. She is now quite a fine interior designer.

 

 

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 200710 years ago
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Art Alive

This piece, although unfinished, grabbed the attention of some collectors who said they love the idea of "live" art and will enjoy telling the story behind the work. 

 

 

Art Alive

Painting Live

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MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 200710 years ago
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Mergatroid the Cello

Merg's case got a new paint job. My sister Sharon's cello--built in the mid-1700s by a german luthier--used to be my father's. Sharon presented me with the case a while back and I finally came up with the solution. Originally we had thought of sunflowers or some floral ornament to paint on it. But after consideration I decided to go with the cello appearing to be in the case with a vantage point of being slightly above the cello so you can see it's thickness which is what makes the cello unique. The added volume and size creates a larger chamber for sonority and room for resonance for the low notes. Painting can add life to pretty much any surface. This could be the coming fad for truly discerning musicians--to house their faithful partner in adornment that is honoring to their service.

Hoping this week and this image celebrates the freedom of expression that visual art can bring.

Mark

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 200710 years ago
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Aurora Over Mt. McKinley

I've only been able to see personally the aurora borealis twice in my life--once in New York and once even in South Carolina during a time of intense solar flare activity. Scientists can glibly talk about it's being the product of the earth's magnetic field playing on the ionosphere or something like that. But to see it in person is pure mystery and wonder to the beholder. When you get right down to it you can't explain art. It's truly a mystery and a wonder that is bigger than any of us.

Spending the day pondering and performing the mystery,

Mark

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 09, 200710 years ago
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Rooftop View

This piece is as much about the sky and the atmosphere as it is about dwellings and the church steeples. The paint has been applied sparingly--almost like a watercolor. Here and there you can see the underdrawing. This piece is on it's way to the Hatfield 2 Gallery on Church St. in the old city of Charleston.  

Signing off on a cold Tuesday,

Mark

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