‘Can’t Force It’
30″x22″ watercolour paper (for whatever reason), graphite, coloured pencil, chalk.
This is a statement on how all things, good or bad, come to an end. Sometimes abruptly. Other times not quickly enough. An end comes to beauty, to love and romance, to youth. This is why the cloth on which the skull rests and stares back on the viewer is in color, to embolden the skull so that this memento mori appears more significant than even the provocative figure.
I don’t think that overall implementing color into a black/white rendering of my thoughts was a wise choice, but it was worth the experiment, and, with luck, it will get peoples minds rolling.
While this is something that people could consider as grim and macabre, I’d rather think on it as a positive message: to not dwell on the inevitable and enjoy the world around us. Or to make the most of the time that we have – I’d like to think that is the intent of most memorabilia. And other sappy things. I will learn to paint before I attempt to conquer another composition this size or bigger in graphite.
9″ x 12″ India Ink, tea, and Watercolour on Arches Watercolour paper.
Though inspiration was drawn from several sources in the rendering of this piece it was intended as a Christmas gift for my boss from go. For years, if not decades, she has been painting dancers in a very contemporary and illustrious manner. To her, dancers are more than just a twirling figure, but a spiritual icon and while I don’t fully understand this sentimentality I think that over the past few years I have developed my own perspective on the value and power of this performance art. I can’t dance. I’m not half as bad as some but I can’t dance. However, I feel that anyone who is willing to put themselves in the fray of the dance floor and cut a rug without concern for how they look will know a sense of freedom that others will not.
This composition is a little more gestural than I care to take my work, but I am infatuated with the unpredictable nature of the materials and intend to continue perfecting my usage of them.