Saturday, April 28, 2012
Hermitage Artist Retreat: Day 5
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.