Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The 'N'? So close to being finished. Now I just have to add... all... of... the... remaining... rootbabies.

Ah, shit.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The "n" in the Leon drawing is finally in place; I still need to paint it's there. I'd like to have this mutha finished by the New Year.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Excerpt from New Yorker story Homer In India: The Oral Epics of Rajasthan by William Dalrymple...

India's population may not be particularly literate--the literacy rate is sixty percent--but it remains surprisingly erudite culturally, as Wendy Doniger, an American Sanskrit scholar, has pointed out. Anthony Lane noted in this magazine in 2001, in the aftermath of the attacks on the United States, that the people of New York again and again compared what had happened to them to films: "It was like 'Independence Day'"; "It was like 'Die Hard'"; "No, 'Die Hard 2.'" In contrast, when the tsunami struck at the end of 2004, Indians were able to reach for a more sustaining narrative than disaster movies: the catastrophic calamities and floods that fill the Mahabharata and the Hindu tradition in general.

As Doniger puts it, "The myths pick up the pieces where philosophy throws up its hands. The great myths may help survivors to think through this unthinkable catastrophe, to make a kind of sense by analogy."

More or less ruined the Allgrass part of the drawing last night. Trying to put too much detail next to something that was already heavily detailed: I should've just left it as it was (see photograph in the last posting.) Then I tried to cover the mistake with gouache. That never ever works, which is one of the reasons I don't use gouache. When you're a watercolortist, the use of gouache generally signals a fuck-up which, rather than covering the mistake, does nothing but draw naked attention to it. Frustrating. Deeply frustrating. Man, I'm pissed. (See Stabby Chair.)

But: sunset on the roof. Can't beat that.

Sunday, November 12, 2006