"Under the Mulberry Tree" solvent transfer from found and artist photographs 11 x 8.5 in. / 30 x 22 cm © 2009(A second work-in-progress that hasn't been worked on in two days. The mulberry tree in the lower portion of the image is a neighborhood congregation place for cards, dominos and just hanging out. Some of the other parts of the image refer to Florida relatives. I plan to add some more drawing and text to the image.)
"She Served Jail Time" solvent transfer from found and artist photographs ink and graphite 11 x 8.5 in. / 30 x 22 cm © 2009
(There is one person among these images I really did know, and it is true she grew up to become a thief, forging checks to steal my aunt's money, getting pregnant and having two children while on crack, served time in jail, and the list goes on longer than I care to reveal. Not part of my family, my aunt took her in, fed, clothed, attended to her needs, while the child's mother was running the streets trying to have sex with man after man. I know these people. This is not made up. I suppose a more elaborate narrative could be drawn up but, the taste in my mouth is too bitter and full of unkind words about it even though my aunt died in 1994.)
Last night I looked back in some of my older sketchbooks in a kind of self-review. I liked this one (much better in person than scanned). The body is much better than the head, which looks stiff and cartoon-like. The line work needed to be more delicate and nuanced even though I was not attempting to do a more realistic drawing. What I love about drawing is the way the graphite spreads across the paper's surface with little markings that show the surface texture allowing it to take advantage of that surface along with the subject of the drawing integrating them together in some way. It's a play on surface texture, line, form, and mark making that can be both subtle and dramatic at the same time. That has been one of my major goals in drawing which I have achieved at times. I'll be the first person to admit my drawing faults but I'll also be the first to love what I do even if nobody else gives two-cents about it.