Monday, May 21, 2012
I did this for the conference as well- or something similar. I got a critique, and so have changed the image some from the originally submitted piece. I flipped it, to keep the movement going left to right (as it is now), I enlarged the pterodactyl to push its wing tips off the sides of the pages to really make it seem BIG, and I pushed the contrast between the shadowed background and highlighted foreground (i.e. the pterodactyl itself) to really make it pop as much as I could. What was fun was that I brought in a natural media watercolor abstract that I've been working on, and found the composition in it by digitally inking on it, adding more color, darkening areas, etc. It's definitely a very specific style, but I really liked working this way, and may play more with other abstracts in the future.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Form and Function
One of the great joys
in tending to a tree
is that form still follows function.
Many people hack at a tree. They want
a certain affect, and so deliver
of a trunk
And the removal of twigs
unhealthy to a tree
add to its beauty. To open the center of a tree,
and let it breath freely, to remove scale
and disease, is to reveal
the powerful chest of a plant
most likely older than yourself. And much as they might tell you
if you were studying words, or books, or science, or theorems,
it is the elegance of a tree’s beauty
to the smoothest, strongest function.
Bending the Knee
You have to learn to how to bend the knee
to become a gardener.
If you want to plant a flower
you need to open the earth.
And if you want
to remove weeds
you have to start at the ground.
Only a fool tries to weed standing up.
Even the old
get down on their knees
to tend to the needs of soil.