When you come out of the woods today You will be coming back out alone It was lovely to be in the woods today Now here is your path to follow home For a while now I have been telling you what I am up to and thinking. Why not tell me what you are up to and thinking? firstname.lastname@example.org
or we could ask what Ersatz Lascaux is thinking...
If you go down to the woods today, You're sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, You'd better go in disguise. For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain because Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.
Picnic time for teddy bears; The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today. Watch us catch them unawares, And see them picnic on their holiday. See them gaily gad about. They love to play and shout, They never have any cares. At six o'clock their mummies and daddies Will take them home to bed Because they're tired little teddy bears.
Continuing with alternative number systems. This time I choose base-13 called tridecimal, tredecimal or triskaidecimal. Since we have 10 fingers and normally use the decimal system we are limited to 10 digits the ever famous 0 through 9. When counting in base-13 we need more digits. It is customary to add an A which equals 10 base-10 and a B which equals 11 base-10 and a C which equals 12 base-10. And it just continues to get more complicated from there.
Thirteen is a favorite number of mine so I will continue anyway.
This year 2013 would be BBB base-13. I was born in B6A base-13. I am 51 base-13 years old.
Converting 38 base-13 to the decimal system is not very difficult.
8 plus 3 times 13.
8 plus 39 equals 47 base-10.
I am still not a mathematician but that was kind of fun wasn't it?
As we learned quite a few posts ago. I like counting in various number systems. That is all I can do with them. Convert back and forth. I am not a good enough mathematician to work inside the alternate systems to the decimal. I never will be.
This year 2013 would be 5604 in base-7. I was born in 5451 base-7. I am 123 base-7 years old.
Converting 65 base-7 to the decimal system is not very difficult.
5 plus 6 times 7.
5 plus 42 equals 47 base-10.
I have always been attracted to the number seven. Lucky number seven. It was part of my upbringing and the first prize I ever won in the "pick a number between one and ten" was when I picked seven.
Putting the four before the seven was an easy next step for me.
Then years later I invented the 47th Division of Art. I was the only member. It is difficult to recruit militant pacifists. Especially militant pacifists artists.
Good for the artists.
It was to be a fun idea. And like many fun ideas it can get out of hand quickly.
When paintings become more like flags and then get nailed over the front doors of other artists while they are out. Some people take your fun idea a little too seriously. Of course there was more than art involved. There always is. The last counter attack by the 47th was another artists painting nailed to a tree in the early hours of a Sunday morning. There was no counter to that and thus the Division was disbanded.
Or was it?
Okay. Tyler I promise this is it.
I couldn't let it end on an even number. You know how I am. Sorry about that because you would rather it did end on an even number. I know how you are. Also they were getting too clean like I had lost my taste and ability for torturing art supplies. You can see I haven't.
I will tell you how that larger final project is going once it gets started.
And really I am signing off on this series now. Thanks again.
Tyler. I'm sorry I just couldn't help myself.
This one doesn't illustrate anything new. My question was about the spaces between things and if what is not immediately comfortable to the eye will be able to be improved. I still don't know. I have always been able to find answers to this sort of question before. Maybe I should just trust that I can find an answer again.
Perhaps one more and then I promise to stop. Thanks.
Tyler. This is another attempt to make my point about typical and atypical art supplies.
The hard part to get across in this exercise is the eventual differences between supports and mediums. The final pieces will be large panels. A group of 7 about 80 inches tall by 30 inches wide each. They will be done in acrylic even though some of the early layers will be started as if I was working on paper with graphite and watercolor. I hope to use everything I know about concept and craft to make the most important works I have done to date. Nice goal don't you think?
Tyler. This is as good as I could do on short notice to illustrate what I was saying on the phone the other day. I will do a couple more and maybe get a little closer to showing where I want to go.
Of course you know pencils and watercolor won't effectively illustrate layers and layers of transparent paint.
Wish me luck.
This is as close to success as I will be getting for now. I have found most of the supplies I was looking for. I will soon have the ability to use this medium more completely and plan to do another group.
I like this one so I am not going to make fun of it. It is a little childish but that's okay.
I don't remember Rothko saying anything about this image.
Study is exactly what I did not do. That's rather obvious.
I have friends who talk about doing studies for composition and value and color. I should have listened to them. I could have avoided thinking I was doing one thing while actually doing another.
If I told you this turned out to be what I was thinking I would be lying. Of course during cutting and printing time I found more art materials. That was the reason for this exercise. And if I can refrain from repeating my mistakes along the way then this will have been worth it to me.
Rothko called this one an explosion. Which is really good because usually he doesn't even bother to look at my work.
in this space CAUTION!!!
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE EXPLOSIVE
DEVICE WILL DETONATE OPENING
THIS CLAMSHELL PACKAGE AFTER
THREE (3) FAILED ATTEMPTS PLEASE
KEEP FINGERS CLEAR!!!
I feel like I went back to kindergarten this week. I have been looking for my linoleum and printing supplies. I haven't seen most of them since I moved. I am sure I have some good linoleum and good inks. I have good cutters. I even have good brayers and barens.
While looking for these supplies I started using whatever I found. Old gray linoleum with ragged edges. A plastic handled cutter with just one already well used blade. Some old squashed tube inks. They were so old that the tubes were metal and all stuck together.
The accidental six came from cutting without much of a plan. After all three colors were printed my son Rothko said "I see a six."
This drawing on watercolor paper is part of a group show going on right now. As you can see from the announcement below there are a lot of excellent artists and therefore plenty of fine artwork to be seen. I suggest you go right out to the show and buy my piece. It is only $350.00. The professional mounting of paper to linen canvas is worth that much.
Better yet call them up and say you will buy it because you saw the reproduction here. Either way just go get it before some one else does. Location and phone number and other information below.
This image is one that seems to fit all of my desires for a photograph of a flower. It is simple. It has a pleasing composition. It appears to be trying to say more than is contained within the rectangle.
I took a lot of photos of this one bloom trying different exposures from every possible angle. I knew what I wanted was there. I did not stop until I got this photo.
It is almost embarrassing to admit I took and like this photo.
I think it has character and presence but it is a little light and airy for my ouerve. It is kind of beautiful without being provocative. There doesn't appear to be any unanswered question. Usually my works are darker in feeling and value as well as more obfuscated. It is what I am drawn to. It is what I do.
I do like this image. I do enjoy its lightness and airiness. I am drawn to its unobscured truth.
This photograph is from a couple of weeks ago. It is the photo that started me on my way to the photos that I have been and will be posting for a few more days.
I took some photos on the way to the bus and thought this one was very nice. When I looked at it later I found that there was something on the cameras sensor. All of the photos had a big spot in the middle of them.
I contacted my friend Mark Mussio to see if this one could be saved and he did save it for me. Thank you Mark.
Then I got out my sensor swabs and Giottos rocket-air and did my best to correct the situation. Using anything you can find or make to attach to a digital camera must require much more care than I am used to with a film camera.
Lesson learned hopefully.