In response to a comment: Lonely? How interesting. Actually, the opposite. I’m making places I would like to walk. Attracted to windswept hills, walking through landscapes, seeing outrigger presence of civilizations past – posts, trees, stones, dwellings, farms. Not much interested in the modern. For me, these places are spaces to think, to hear God, to see stars, to smell grasses, to feel the earth and sky. The opposite of lonely. Quite.
“Rain, Presently” a new monotype, just finished yesterday – finally! I thought to call it many other things having to do with solitude, peace, water, columns, presence. But, after dodging between showers to take photos of the work – a ritual around here – the event became the name. Ink on paper, 18″ x 24″.
Remember Moab? Floating through canyons. Passing through and under rock formations of extraordinary character. Silently moving from hot sun to cold shadow. Occasionally seeing evidence human activity; messages, drawings, graffiti,
pathways, burn marks and detritus.
Traveling through a place when it’s raining, drops gathers on the windshield creating a separate plane of information. Especially if it’s a downpour and you are trying to look past one reality to see another. It’s an abstraction, and not. Each drop curves the view – a micro-world of it’s own. Mesmerizing.
Sorry I have been gone from this site for so long – I’m back – and preparing for a show. I’m still working on the Monotype landscape / cloudscape series. It remains challenging and gratifying – let me know what you think – here is todays post – “Southern Sky”, 18″x24″ image size, ink on paper. Available. Look for the next post in a day or two. Thanks for staying with me! Leigh
Greetings and Happy Spring! Our Star Magnolias, Flowering Plums and other budding trees are full of white blossoms and silver leaf buds – even though we had wet snow flurries and hail three days ago – Spring is moving into full view! Brilliant white blossoms blowing in the wind, mixed up with snow – the whole scene was mesmerizing and surreal – I could not clearly see or focus on any one thing. This monotype attempts to express these sensations. I remember a wonderful Japanese woodblock print that so eloquently expressed Plum blossoms amidst falling snow. “Spring” 18″ x 24″
For the most part, western Washington is beautiful, bountiful and all summer my garden boasts the best green grazing at lunchtime. However, weeks on end of dark days, heavy skies and bone-chill slushy rain is NOT fun. In fact, it’s miserable. In my studio, I enjoy a balmy 64 degrees, but my husband’s wooden boat shop has no heat to speak of – board&batten walls on a cement floor – a damp cement floor – I’m definitely making chili today – hot, HOT chili!
This day makes me think of many 19thc Dutch landscape paintings; beautiful, grey and quiet. And, reminds me of many same-vintage Dutch interior scenes; velvety black interiors lit by candle light or a solitary shaft of day penetrating blown glass panes. From the Left, a clear band crosses a tile floor to illuminate a single idea. Some of the paintings Van Gogh did of shoes and so forth – even “Potato Eaters” have similar qualities – an artistic inheritance also seen in his brushwork.
“Hands” (secondary title: “In Prayer”) 1995 is a monotype I did a while back when teaching at Bradley University (Peoria IL) It’s part of my own collection and holds significance for me – a reflection of a part of my own odd journey.