Here are a couple of additional new drawings I just finished. Really only one piece, a diptych, over two pages.
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This last week or two I’ve been doing some drawing, and here is what I’ve come up with. I often just let the drawings kind of reveal themselves to me as I go along, and with these four pieces I started drawing and pretty soon I saw the bull, so I went with it. Then a lion started to appear, so I let that one come on out too. Then I knew what I was drawing, although I wasn’t completely sure why.
The bull, lion, eagle and man often represent the fixed signs of the astrological zodiac… but more than that too. They are also the four different faces of the angelic cherubim, one of whom was the angel who kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and stands guard over the Tree of Knowledge with his flaming sword. Also, in Christianity, these four animals also represent the Four Evangelists. Thats what came out of my pen this week, although I can’t really say why. I guess I do love symbols, and these are ancient and powerful. Think the three different traditions and their usage of these symbols are connected? I’m pretty sure they are somehow :)
I’ve been thinking a lot about plant people and will probably sit down to draw them soon. One of my favorite plant buddies would have to be the Green Man, god of the forest. I’ve already painted him a few times over the years, but yeah, he is starting to play in my imagination once again. This week, I’ve decided to post a few pictures of him throughout history.
I’ve read that the first incarnation of the Green Man (that we know of) may have been the Egyptian god Osiris. His body representing the land of Egypt as it goes through the winter months when he is murdered, dismembered, planted in the ground, only to rise again for harvest (with his skin a nice shade of green). The Green Man has certainly evolved since then, and has been represented throughout Europe, and even India and Asia to represent the guardian of Nature. Even the Catholic church couldn’t get rid of the Green Man, and his image can be found inside and incorporated into their medieval cathedral’s architecture, columns and stained glass.
I remember being very happy as a kid if he’d show up in one of the books I’d be reading. I may have initially encountered the Green Man the first time I read Tolkien, where the he was embodied by the Ent, Treebeard. I’ve come across him many times since, in comics (Yay Swamp Thing!), literature, artwork, sculpture, and out in the wild wood. He shows up all over the place, and if you keep your eyes open you will see him everywhere!
Some books and things:
A while back I was in the bookstore flipping through a book called Sacred Symbols and I came across this beautiful image of a blue dragon floating in a field of red. So beautiful! I knew I would draw it.. or something inspired by it anyway. I studied the lines, gestures and posture. Then I put the book down and walked away. I didn’t even want to learn the artists name or to see that picture again until my version was finished. I like to get an idea, walk away, and let it roll around inside my mind and imagination for a while. But those colors and lines… I like a lot of old Chinese painting and prints, and liked this one in particular.
I finished my Dragon, and you can click the image at the top of this post to see a larger version. I also went back to learn who did the picture that inspired my piece. I couldn’t find the specific picture of the dragon online, so I went back and bought the book. It turns out the artist is anonymous and the original piece was painted on silk sometime in the 16th or 17th century. I took a picture of the pages with my phone (not the best quality) and you can see that by clicking here.
Last night I finished another new piece that I’ve been working on for the last week or so. It is pretty much a companion to the artwork I did for Art Meets Fashion last year, called Sky Beast Earth Beast. Both of these together are a part of a much larger series.
On to the next piece :)
Its been kind of a busy and productive week. I’ve felt sorta pressed for time, but one of the things I make sure I do every day is walk my dogs up the canyon. Its so nice and beautiful up there right now, with all of the leaves changing and falling.
Every year around this time I start to think about an old digital painting I did a few years back called “Maple”. I like to wipe off the digital dust and take a look, because it gets me all sentimental about fall.
I’ve never posted my picture here before, but its always felt like November to me. Even though we are well into fall, and as I look out my window I see the first valley snowfall of the season, this picture feels like November.
I’ve posted some of these individual birds before, but have finally finished the whole image… and here it is. I think of these birds as fiery phoenix, circling around the woman’s head like souls or spirits, or maybe thoughts and ideas. Either way, they are waiting to take shape in this world.
I originally expected the birds to be part of a much larger flock, with maybe 40 or 50 flying around. But I decided that for what I was trying to do here, that was unnecessary. Maybe someday soon I will have my full flock flying around though.
This picture is part of a very large project that I’ll probably be working on for some time. I’ll keep posting my progress. In the mean time, enjoy!
You can click the image for a larger view