The White Shaman

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I’m not sure why, but these last few weeks I’ve found myself going back and back again to look at pictures of some rock art located in Texas called The White Shaman (above). I’ve never even seen the wall in person, and I forget where I learned about it, but for whatever reason I’ve been looking at it a lot.

There was a time when I’d regularly take weekend trips to check out different petroglyphs. You can find them all over the place here in Utah, and they and the regional history is fascinating. But really the only place I’ve been to in Texas is Houston…

Anyway, check it out! Lookin’ good!

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The Four Seasons with Japser Johns

"Spring" by Jasper Johns, 1986

“Spring” by Jasper Johns, 1986

"Summer" by Jasper Johns, 1986

“Summer” by Jasper Johns, 1986

This week, I’ve found myself going back and visiting with the work of Jasper Johns. Specifically, “The Four Seasons” series.

I think that he began exploring the idea in the mid-80s, but Johns has revisited the Four Season idea a number of times through drawing, painting, and in print. One of my favorite things is the way the human shadow falls over the different object, implying that there is a human being standing there, but but not ever showing them directly. I really love John’s work. The textures, the symbols, and the flat fields of color.

"Fall" by Jasper Johns, 1986

“Fall” by Jasper Johns, 1986

"Winter" by Jasper Johns, 1986

“Winter” by Jasper Johns, 1986

The Vision

Vision

I’m so far behind on my comic book reading it ain’t even funny! I have kept up with the newest comic-book related TV shows like Daredevil (excellent!), and The Flash (also excellent!) along with these great Marvel movies. I haven’t quite seen it yet, but with The Avengers just being released, along with free-comic-book day and all I guess I’d just quickly post my second favorite Avenger. Thor always tops the list but, although I cannot explain why, The Vision has always taken the second spot.

Nerdy nerdy, geek out!

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Blackbird Singin’ In The Dead Of Night….

"Blackbirds" by Todd Powelson

“Blackbirds” by Todd Powelson

I finished this here flock of bird earlier last week. I’m very happy with how they all turned out, and am pleased as punch to have them done. I really like to draw these birds (in the face!) though, so maybe I’ll add even more to the flock over time.

These birds are based on some drawings I did a couple of years ago, and I’d always meant to go back and “ink” them in Adobe Illustrator.

It is hard to explain why I like this symbol or idea so much, or even where it comes from. As I write this, the thought just came to me that maybe it has its root in the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos. I’d never really thought about that before… but if that was the germ for the idea, I think it came to mean something else for me personally.

I think way too much on that age old question of “where do we come from, what are we, where are we going?“… Way too much. I don’t really have any answers to share, but I guess I explore it a lot in my art. You know, maybe this is a good way to explain… I’ve heard that some cultures and native tribal traditions believe that a human being has two souls. One soul comes from the stars, and one soul comes from the earth. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love birds because I just love birds. They are such beautiful animals. But as a symbol, maybe they represent that concept of the soul. Or the merger of those two souls. They are fly through the heavens in their earthly bodies… they are kind of a merger, at least symbolically, of those two souls. And maybe, at least here, that is why I wanted to put a bird on it ;) Put a bird on that human face.

I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone but me, but there ya go…

You can purchase this artwork from www.toddpowelson.com as a downloadable PDF file that you can print at home, as a tshirt, or as a poster.

František Kupka

"Positioning of Mobile Graphic Elements" 1913

“Positioning of Mobile Graphic Elements” 1913

I’ve been visiting with the work of Czech painter, František Kupka.

I’m sure I talk way too much about how much I love Cubism, along with many of it’s visual offshoots. Kupka was among the first to experiment with a more “colorful cubism”, a style that eventually became known as Orphism. He was also an early pioneer and among the first painters to experimented a with pure abstraction.

Kupka made many beautiful paintings that I love to look at. Lets check some of ’em out!

"Organization of Graphic Motifs" 1912

“Organization of Graphic Motifs” 1912

"Creation" 1920

“Creation” 1920

"Creation" 1920

“Creation” 1920

"Drill" 1926

“Drill” 1926

"Warm Chromatics" 1912

“Warm Chromatics” 1912

"Music" 1936

“Music” 1936

"Blue" 1914

“Blue” 1914

"Fanny Machine - The Machinery" 1928

“Fanny Machine – The Machinery” 1928

"Vertical Plains - Blue and Red" 1913

“Vertical Plains – Blue and Red” 1913

"Syncopated Accompaniment Staccato" 1928

“Syncopated Accompaniment Staccato” 1928

"Hindu Motif or Graduated Red" 1921

“Hindu Motif or Graduated Red” 1921