Puppies And Poems

Cody With CowCody is an English Cream Golden Retriever who lives in England with my daughter and her family. For three weeks I stayed at their home and babysat this cute puppy. Wondering what I was going to do with myself while I took care of him, I gave myself an assignment: Learn how to draw a dog. Besides sketching, I wrote some prose and a few poems. Maybe there is an Artists’ book in the making. I have the images and the words. The next step is figuring out a structural form for a book. Then, do it!

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Driving to Brighton – England

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Whoops, the passenger seat is on the other side!  No, you get in the backseat.You don’t need extra leg room. Daffodils are sprinkled in bunches around trees, near the roadside, by a pond. The Great Walk is so green. Close your eyes mom. We are going around the Round About. Going south. Perfect! We are on the M25 South. Everything is so green!  Sheep are mowing the green grass next to large areas of yellow rape.I love how the fog masks bits and pieces.Trees are silhouetted against the sky – the muted colors of England.

There wasn’t time to hang back and draw. I needed to keep up with the family. My sketchbook has only a few entries for this trip, but I had my cell phone with me. Sitting in the back of the car, leaning over and shooting a picture in front of the passenger on my left, I took a few photographs.

I really liked the row of beach huts for changing along the seaside in Brighton. When I look at these images I think of David Hockney’s wonderful paintings of the English countryside. Then he switched and went to Southern California to paint in oils. The color and stance of the figures seem very American. But, no jeans allowed.

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Jet Lag

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12:07 am – eyes pop open, wide awake

Must be about 5 am.

Wrong

It’s 12:07 am. I lie there

Composing a post for my blog

Then, another and another

What time is it?

Cell phone says 3:14 am

Take a screen shot

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Ha ha it came out all black

In England it is 4,5,6,  – eight hours difference

11 am. Time to get up.

So here I am at the computer composing a post for my blog

Wonder if I can stream Aintree Grand National? 

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/grand-national-2014-what-makes-the-aintree-race-unique-9227683.html

Too early for that

I’m hungry!

Time for breakfast

Shall I go to the Farmers Market today?

 

Would You Download a Free Artists’ e-Book?

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I had seven days to create a book. Here you followed a work in progress. We were going to see if in a week I had a finished product. for Sketchbook Project 2013.  If not  – zilch. Today is the day I must have it in the mail going to Brooklyn, New York. The book isn’t finished , but I wouldn’t say I have zilch. There are some interesting pairings happening. I have the beginning of an Artists’ Book.  Right now it is  a traditional 7″ x 10″ codex book. But the opportunities for change are endless.  Check out this website about Artists’ Books. http://www.philobiblon.com/isitabook/bookarts/index.html

The book was going to be titled, Chairs, but now I’m thinking the title will be Sit. I’ll probably add some text, maybe just a few adverbs thrown in. The readers will be the ones to interpret the book’s contents. It may be a one-of-a-kind Artists’ Book or a small edition of 30. The structure of the book will probably stay the same. Maybe I’ll make a small edition of Sit just xeroxing the contents, binding it or stapling it together in order to sell  it on Amazon.com for a very reasonable price.

Would you download a free Artists’ eBook?

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Progress Report on Book – China – Vietnam – Italy – England – America

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I need to change printer orientation of images in these two piles.

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The small image of the cafe in Rome is too small.

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This is how I am going about figuring out where to put my images in the book. I’ve watched that big blue chair go through many phases. People climb up in the chair for pictures, but sometimes it is ribboned off, probably a liability issue for the owners of the chair.

WordPress Blogger From England Influences California Blogger

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We are going backwards here. The top image is the last one painted. This is the first painting I’ve done in over a year. Here is your official notification Terry,  http://terrygreenepainting.wordpress.com/paintings-2011/  I’ve been following Terry’s just another painter blog. Gail, http://www.gailtrobertson.com/helped get me to this point, also. This little series of 6″ x 8″ images started out with me going to to a friend’s house and making collages. I didn’t know what I was doing – no inspiration. I came home with nothing. The next morning at 5 am I was tearing up magazines. Abstract eight – Shadow was born. That reminded me of a photograph I had taken showing the shadow of a sculpture in my apartment. Early morning sun hit the stone sculpture in a way that created a soft realistic shadow of a nude.

Buying New Toys for the Studio

It was like Christmas; opening boxes  –  two Quattro Flourescent light sets, daylight balance light bulbs (35 watts each), reflector diffuser,  and a portable translucent shooting  table. After taking a class at Calumet http://www.calumetphoto.com/on how to photograph small things, I bought some equipment for my studio.  I needed some lighting anyway. When my studio ceiling began to fall down (the chunks were an inch thick)  I tore out the light fixtures.  I have no lights in there – only a wall of windows – great natural light. So I needed the lights anyway . The table top desk is good because I can put it on the floor and shoot looking down at the object. Now I will have no excuse – better photographs of my Artists Books.  I’m not counting these images though. I took these with my iphone, I couldn’t wait. I just wanted to set uo everything right away and try it out. The “book” is a collaborative book I  made with my grand daughter. You can see I  borrowed her swan which has become a permanent part of my Artist Book, ‘ The Queen’s Swans.’

‘The Queen’s Swans’  is made up of 20 accordian books containing original watercolor and graphite drawings of the swans on the river Thames near Windsor Castle and a plastic swan. The pieces are housed in a  box with a bamboo cover.

Point to Point – England

A good traveling pen is the Rotring ArtPen. There is an extra cartridge in the body and it doesn’t leak on airplanes. One time it was thought of as a weapon and the airport security guy wouldn’t let me take it in the main cabin. I had to throw away my favorite pen!  My favorite moleskine notebook is the

pocket sketchbook. http://www.moleskineus.com/sketchpocket.html.

The paper accepts all kinds of media.