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#0934 Lines
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Earlier in this blog, way back, I had the idea “The media is the muse” well it is happening again, I am simply enjoying the pen on the screen. Did a whack of them (two days ago now – disk failure has slowed me down, again!). I simply enjoy the art pen in ArtRage 2.5. Not that it is any better than the pen I have in Corel, but the interface is better, so it is a delight to work in that space. It counts!

I no longer really subscribe to the media being the muse, if I ever did. There is simply more to it. I will know where these lines fit in later. That seems to happen, the process becomes clear after the event.

Open to Joy

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#0929 Open to Joy
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Incantion, done. I have been putting this one off as it seemed too hard, but doing the in and out breath today, led to this. Not so much joy as being OPEN. Open is ok. Ok if you also know how to say no, or yes for that matter. The next one is its inverse, to flow with the breath.


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#0928 Pattern3
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The last two, particularly #0926 I thought might have been just a bit too much influenced by my reading the Krasner book. And no doubt it was, and is the better for it. However deciding to try one in other than black & white, the familiar returned, reminding me of others I have done, at least back as far as the 800s. Recapitulation, no doubt, but also something of my own emerging in this.

Urban Rhythm

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#0926 Urban Rhythm
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Friday, 23 May, 2008

Now for sale exclusively on Felt

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Saturday, 7 June, 2008

This image featured in the Walter Logeman: Gallery in June 2008

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The Gray Slabs and the Holocaust

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#0915 1944
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I have been reading Robert Hobbs, Lee Krasner

The Gray Slabs and the Holocaust

There may well be other, heretofore unexplored factors besides Krasner) difficulty of coming to grips with intuition that explain why most of her works during the years from approximately 1943 to 1946-47 so often end up looking like gray slabs of paint, which she referred to as gray stones.

As Krasner explained, “I went into my own black-out period which lasted two or three years where the canvases would simply build up until they’d get like stone and it was always just a gray mess. The image wouldn’t emerge… I was fighting to find I knew not what.”

On another occasion, she referred to them as her “mud period.”

“I was saying, I paint. I paint every day. This is what’s happening to me.” Krasner said. I faced the issue very aggressively. I was having a rough time, and I didn’t care who knew it.”

None of these experiments with intuition now exist, because Krasner subjected them to a thorough soaking in the bathtub before scraping them down so that she could reuse the canvases.

A possible explanation for these dense, turgid works of the mid-1940s is that they were subliminal reactions to the mass murders of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, which were then being publicly acknowledged in New York.

I think she is courageous just to keep going for three years with stone slabs! That must have been agony. I felt the loss of those gray stone slabs. I wish she had honoured her process more and kept them. This one is in my sketch of that story. One layer has “1944′ written on it. The time Krasner was in this mud. Also the year I was born, in occupied Amsterdam.


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#0907 Stencil
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Here is another using stencil option. I cam make a stencil from any sketch and use it – to repeat, or to make larger, smaller or inverse. The potential still blows me away. Play is all I can do!

Hammer & Nail

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#0906 Hammer & Nail
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It is all quite a business! I mentioned that I would post up flowers, but here is a hammer. I’d forgotten I’d done it. Playing with stencils in ArtRage 2.5. Playing with tools! Sketching a digital hammer. I took longer to post this than I thought. Another HDD failure. However I am pleased to say I had the whole thing back up in an hour or two! The backup worked. But then I packed & travelled to Mt. Lyford. Now it is another day on. One more stencil play…