Here’s a new piece- a mixed flock of birds sketched in the Amazon treetops, incorporated with a sketch of a bromeliad from the same site. It’s for my upcoming show in a section called, “Canopy Life: The View at the Top”. I needed an art assistant to help me with creative details, such as lifting the big sheet of wet paper (30″ x 39″) and getting it situated onto a wooden board, as well as photos for posterity and for your viewing pleasure. All photos by Tim Ryan of From the Faraway, Nearby. Thanks, TR!
The water cure. There’s a shower curtain over the patio table to puddle water on. The idea is to wash off the loose graphite and get the paper REALLY well soaked.
The canopy is a splendid place to study life at the top. Resources are abundant here: plenty of sunlight, free-moving air and first dibs on rain. Flowering canopies are festive with insects and hummingbirds. Against the flush of morning sky, a quartet of toucans performs an angular dance. The color’s all here: striped bromeliads, glamorous orchids, and a million brilliant butterflies.
For a breathtaking view of infinity, climb into the treetops of the Amazon rainforest. You’ll see an unbroken rolling carpet of tree crowns stretching to the horizon and beyond. The moist green edge of the earth rolls under the dome of the sky. Eden is at your feet. Amazon, 2008 ( exhibit label for “Drawing the Motmot: An Artist’s View of Tropical Nature” )
Bromeliad’s leaves are shaped to scoop and store rain, creating treetop tanks for frogs and other aquatic critters. Birds come from far and wide to bathe, drink and forage in the hearts of these hospitable epiphytes. Amazon, January 2009 (Caption label, Drawing the Motmot: An Artist’s View of Tropical Nature”)
9 thoughts on “A New Work In Progress”
That is a really, really cool method. Do you need to use a particular kind of paper?
So much fun to see your process. Thanks to Tim for his wonderful photography! Lovely, lovely drawing.
lulukieran- it’s Rives BFK heavyweight, a printmaker’s paper. It’s got enough tooth for pastel, it’s 100% rag and takes all media just fine. The big sheets (and rolls) only come in white. I like working on toned paper, so I came up with this method for coloring the background before going over it with pastel. It’s actually pretty nice as it is; I almost don’t want to touch it. We’ll see where it goes.
You are absolutely incredible! The most creative artist.
We are so proud of you!
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WOW!! Really mind blowing..Thanks for sharing with us..I love all your paintings…keep it going..
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I am artist-beginner and I am happy that I found today your blog and your website =) it was very inspiring so see something that beautiful and unique!
I love it like that, the transparency of this mixed media piece has a “batik” feel to it. The itch to paint is back. Thanks.