Friday, December 22, 2006

Untitled (1982)



Although this drawing has always been untitled, it could well be seen as a winter solstice image. The classroom model was an adult male with long hair that he had clipped up. This drawing has always felt mysterious to me. It is a good example of what I call a drawing that drew itself, that has a life of its own. What I saw was only roughly translated to what ended up on the paper. Still I was pleased with the image. This is one of the few drawings from that period that was not bought or traded away for another piece of artwork.

Today is the first morning in a long time where I have looked out the window to the east and seen blue sky for the most part, although there are dark clouds low in the sky along the foothills. This may be the beginning of winter, but, the way I see it, there will be a little more light every morning until the summer solstice. Just seeing blue pre-sunrise sky makes it seem that there is more light today. August through February is my favorite time of year in Washington. If I am going to be depressed, it tends to be sometime between March and the beginning of July. I'm not sure why, but I am more at peace with short winter days than long summer days.

2 comments:

Phil said...

Hi, it's my first time reading your site (referred from Dharma Bums). Our view to the east is blocked by the neighbor's house and the crest of our hill, so I only know the sunrise by its reflection on the windows of my neighbor to the west. (If I really wanted to know, I'd get my butt out the front door and take a look).

Nice to meet another Washingtonian.

am said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I had looked at your site (listed on Dharma Bums) and appreciated your photos, especially those of the Oregon coast, but had not left a comment.