Last night at TAC was raining. I had not drawn the model from life in over one year. I had lost interest really. I can draw the figure competently and I have a line quality that I am satisfied with but I did not know where else to go with this except paint, yet I enjoy drawing immensely and I am color blind. Also, I am so sick of Facebook with all the bickering that I am spending more time and energy with Instagram. The outreach is further and it is full of pleasant visual surprises without all the butthurt. Recently I came across Shibari artists or Kinbaku-Bi (depending on your affiliations), which I find delightful and erotic. It reminds me of a figure flying or a body sprawled out in death as there is a beauty in that pose as well (see Luc Sante’s book “Evidence”). I think I will start drawing from this ancient JAPANESE artform as inspiration for a series of drawings.
One more for the Alcoholics series. I am looking for something here and a lot of what I see ends up in the eyes.
I suppose I should expound on this title. I started the series on “alcoholics” 11 years ago in Los Angeles. All the subjects I have drawn so far are self-proclaimed alcoholics in recovery. They are sober and have been since their sobriety date which may have been years ago but they identify themselves as alcoholics as part of their treatment. This is not some kind of study in causality or a before and after contrast. I did not know them when they were actively in addiction but I wanted to see if there was something in common I could see by the drawing. I usually end up hearing something of the story of their recovery as we sit for these drawings which last about 30 to 40 minutes.
It was raining a little this Easter Sunday morning and I just wondered, what would Jesus do?
River rain. Oil 18″x36″
Study for a new graphic novel about the rise and fall of a black family, in their struggle to establish an orange grove and an identity in Palatka Florida from the 1880’s through 1960’s, with the St. John’s River as the spiritual center of their world.