Sunday, January 23, 2011

Deep Woods

charcoal on paper
20 x 26

I am reading "In Praise of Shadows" by Tanizaki again. It is a little slip of a book full of beautiful insights on culture and the psyche. I was thinking after my last post about light, that shadow is equally important and powerful, and I decided to post this interior-woods-shadowy piece.

"So benumbed are we nowadays by electric lights that we have become utterly insensitive to the evils of excessive illumination."

Thinking of this as I am getting ready for my annual southwest sojourn to Portal, AZ, which has arguably the darkest night sky in the lower 48.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Morning Pines

charcoal on paper
26 x 20

Sometimes it just seems like there is a lot to be sad about, like the recent shootings in Tucson. I came across this quote that I wrote in my journal (but I forgot to note who wrote it) -

"Nature reflects light, which fills the entire world."

I love this, both in the literal and the metaphoric sense. I wanted the first piece that I posted in this new year to be filled with light.