what I mean, that don’t go looking for the
laces of elaboration, puffed sleeves. I want to
keep close and use often words like
heavy, heart, joy, soon, and to cherish
the question mark and her bold sister
want to write while crossing the fields that are
fresh with daises and everlasting and the
ordinary grass. I want to make poems while thinking of
the bread of heaven and the
cup of astonishment; let them be
not a hope, not a promise. I want to make poems
that look into the earth and the heavens
and see the unseeable. I want them to honor
both the heart of faith, and the light of the world;
the gladness that says, without any words, everything.
Working on variations of an unfinished pastel:
Despite appearances the much modified print at left is the larger of the two, at 18″x12″. The print at right is only 11″x8.5″. I printed the smaller size accidentally due to a glitch somewhere in my Epson printer software, which sometimes fails to update both paper size and a separate setting for print size same as paper size!).
In both cases I printed my unfinished pastel drawing on a special Epson watercolor paper for inkjet, then worked further to make each a completed piece. The larger one on left, with the pink, is all pastel over the archival inkjet print. The smaller one has both colored pencil and a touch of pastel over the inkjet base.
The larger piece retains the softness of the original concept, with much more refinement and additional colors and shades. The pink evokes early morning or late evening light in the far north.
The smaller piece is darker, and has greater sharpness and detail. The blues are more predominant for a very different mood: perhaps early morning at a different time of year.
I hope to visit both of these in my dreams :-)
Such a thrill: a very nice unexpected SALE that effectively pays for the stone carving tools I purchased this year. Now I can buy some more of course :-)
Some more work: starting to polish selected sections… and then there is the new digital foil, of course!
Doing a bit of freehand “drawing” in stone. Started with the chisel, but this is hard, hard stuff! So got out the power tool of choice: a “Eurotool Flexible shaft machine” which takes all the usual 1/8″ bits. I have to change a few things, spend many hours refining & finishing, and expect to practice some polishing technique on this one.
Oh, and while I am at it, let me foil it: