Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sexy Guy, Shells, and A Window


What does sexy guy have to do with my drawing yesterday? More than you would think. Look at that pen amid all that masculine skin. The precision on the nib , the metallic preciseness, the point, makes all that skin and naturalness even more so. It's the contrast. And it works in reverse. The skin surround makes the precision more precise.

I am a trained Zone System photographer, in part because of the guy who sent me this photo. Oh, no that's not him, but it could be, even now with the inevitable intrusion of grey hair here and there. (The photo is from Flickr taken by Phil h) Well, yum to the photograph, but even more yum to the conversation we were having on the phone. We were talking about access points, personal and professional. And as he is ever so able to do, he nailed it. Not the specifics necessarily, but the point. That is why he was always paid the big bucks, I guess. But more why I always loved HIS photographs. Still do.

Anyway, he said to me at one point, "Janice, it is just a portal." He encouraged me to go back to the very basics. So I did. I started thinking in black and white and more about that pen... and windows... he reminded me of my love for black and white photographs; I could not get enough of them over the weekend... light and dark, textures, contrasts, reflections...so yesterday as I sketched and conceptualized a couple of new paintings, I was again looking, for that access point, focused on a feeling, the time of day. There in the photo on the right was a portal on the base camp from our bunks. And in the light...all the Diebenkorn excitement one could want... a window upon my island.

It's a small thing maybe. Something easily overlooked, but it has everything to do with that spot where man meets nature. Some precision, some very specific textural clues, can speak volumes in a story. Just like in that photograph, in those shells, and now in that window captured by the light. This is what my muse wanted me to see yesterday in that puzzle solving quest.

Thanks, media man.

Do you sometimes have a muse come from unexpected places? Don't you love it when that happens?

6 comments:

ParisBreakfasts said...

YES!
AND I need a muse RIGHT NOW BAD!!!
Actually I have one in Philladelphia...still sometimes nuttin' works...
Brazil nuts have got me by the ....
Anyway glad you found some communion with someone out there in the eithernet...

Janice C. Cartier said...

Multiples of Brazil nuts cast great shadows if you are talking literally...if not...just head for the border Columbia or Argentina! Carumba!!! Andele. ..uh, that's about it for my spang- lishy portuguese.

Janice C. Cartier said...

fugir, dar no pé

There. Means RUN FOR IT! in portuguese. :)))

A Brush with Color said...

Ooooh--I want to see more of that first drawing there! Lovely! and those pens are my favorites--I used to use only cartridge and ink pens for everything. (Although I do admit I also ruined a number of outfits when they leaked the hell all over everything, too.) But they make everything more fun...

I like to hear how your mind works. ;))

ParisBreakfasts said...

AH HA!
I had an epiphany on the subway with your sequential largess..
All these timeless timepieces and high falutin' priceless penpoints... Are they wishing they hadn't signed everything over to Lehman Bros.
NO wonder the poor sod is left in his undershirt - he's lost the shirt off his back and that pen ain't gonna fix things no how, no way!
Et Voila

Janice C. Cartier said...

Hey PB- LOL. That's quite an epiphany! My nephew is with Lehman Bros. He is brushing up on his British as we speak...Do not count them out. As my dear friend George ( investment broker) was want to say, "This too shall pass."

Those who know what they are doing usually take a longer view. Hedge their holdings and diversify. No doubt this is going to be a little bumpy, but there are investors out there right now scooping up the opportunities too. Brinksmanship. Not for the faint hearted.

ABWC-LOL- my mind...thank you...I love fountain pens. Especially the one you see there. And that drawing is part of a series. I'll bring them out some more thanks. Hope the traveling is going well for you.