Saturday, April 28, 2012
About fifteen minutes in, I'm starting to get a little bored. Intent on heading in, I stand up with my back to the shore and look out to the horizon. I look down and see what I think is an unusually large clump of sea grass (aka megalodon.) It quickly becomes evident that this large clump of sea grass is coming directly toward me in a purposeful way. I freeze and, at a distance of about five feet, a manatee sticks its head out the water, snorts, and then turns 90 degrees and swims south, parallel to the beach.
After being frightened by a polite docility of a sea cow, I spent the rest of the day in the dry, self-indulgent embrace of the studio. I added another six characters to the Pale Alphabet (geleph, deleph, ravyem, am-wullum, a mob and osced) and started sketching out ideas for an album cover by the band Holy Man.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
So I'm here now and I'll be here until. I'm incredibly glad and grateful to be here . . . but I'm also a little out of sorts. My studio has always been such a cocoon of books, supplies, etc. that to be working without being swaddled in the silk threads of reference material is odd. Weird. But I'll manage. I have an alphabet to illustrate--The Pale Alphabet (created by this dame, Ashendene, at the bottom of the post)--and some bigger drawings to SKETCH out. (I never sketch out the compositions of drawings . . . I just start. This will be a new thing for me.)