Sunday, June 25, 2017

poem and a painting

detail of poem and a painting, gravity

Last week, as I was browsing in my local second-hand shop, I came across a palm-sized book about Braque printed in 1958. It covers Braque's cubism and papier collé period from 1906 to 1920. During that same week, I also was working on a poem.

When I finished the poem, I wanted to match a painting to it. I knew which drawing I wanted to use, but what additions would I add? I picked up the book I had bought the previous day on Braque. Leafing through the booklet, sparks of ideas on a painting began to fly. Everything came together and I felt satisfied that the painting illustrated my poem perfectly.



Gravity

There are days
when I am in pieces,
broken and scattered.

And there are other days 
when I am like a collapsed cloud
of dust and atoms,
full of possibility.

All the scattered pieces
get pulled in and compressed;
until from the core of my soul,
dense and hot,
a new self emerges.

Juana Almaguer
June 18, 2017


poem and a painting, gravity, gallery juana
poem and a painting, gravity



The sparks are still flying, and I'm working on a new series of paintings inspired by this poem and a painting.


I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I'll be spending the day riding my bicycle out to a new trail system and exploring its forest.




Saturday, June 17, 2017

charcoal sketching male figures

male figure, may 28, 2017


Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory - where it stays - it's transmitted by your hands.
Martin Gayford, A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

male figure, charcoal sketch

I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.
Georgia O'Keefe




Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Tracy Weinzapfel

For these pages, I sketched some figures with pencil, then with pen, and lastly with charcoal. Each time I didn't like what I had drawn, I'd switch to a different tool. The practice of trying again and again takes me back to 4th grade with Sister James Edwards, standing tall in her traditional Nun's habit, reminding me, "If at first you don't succeed, ..."



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