Thursday, September 24, 2020

Logo and Colors for 2021


Most of us can't wait to get rid of 2020. That  includes me but I need to provide a logo and symbolic colors for the New Year. I have chosen a tomato red fading into coffee brown for the main panel, accented by plant motifs in gold. The theme for 2021's imaginative sketches is "Plants," but not necessarily green ones. 2021 will also be a manifestation of 17-year cicadas, with billions of them making a lot of noise. The Photoshoppery you see here is only at the experimental stage. But oh, do I remember those swarms and screams.

Photoshop, September 24, 2020.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Zoroastrian Autumn Festival 1998


In 1998 I was still working on my Zoroastrian research project and attending meetings and ceremonies. This composite sketch shows, from left to right, a priest reciting from the Avesta, the scriptures of the faith; congregation including a young boy, and a ceremonial festive table. On the table are plates of cookies, candles, symbolic decorations, and a portrait of the Prophet Zarathushtra in a frame. The ladies wear a white scarf at ceremonies, and the gentlemen wear a white cap on their heads similar to the Jewish yarmulke. The occasion of this festival was the Autumn Equinox, a moment where we are now.

Black tech pen on sketchbook page, 5" x 8", October 4, 1998.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Marblehead Marina 1998 - 2

And here is another sketch on the same page as the last one. Marblehead and that area of Massachusetts coastline is filled with imposing and historic buildings, all of them related to the seafaring culture that grew up in the area. This is a big building loaded with complex structures and a turret sometimes called a "widow's walk" from the imagined scene of a lady whose husband is missing at sea. She goes up to the top of the tower hoping to see his ship returning from the distance.

Brown ink and colored pencil on sketchbook page, 3" x 3", August 27, 1998.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Marblehead Marina 1998 - 1


Marblehead is a picturesque town on the coast north of Boston. I don't often get to do pictures of boats or other marine scenes but in August of 1998 I got the chance. My parents and I made a touristic trip through the old town and stopped long enough for me to depict this scene of boats and a big boathouse. I also sketched a shoreline outcrop of rock where sea gulls were perching. To a New Englander, every moment of good weather and nice viewing is precious.

Brown ink and colored pencils, 8" x 3 1/2", August 27, 1998.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Bubbly Border


The new upgrade here at Blogger isn't my favorite thing on the planet, but I'll have to deal with it, won't I. So if I want my aesthetically pleasing left-align for my art item, I have to find it buried under something that looks like a stack of papers. And in 12 years of publishing I've never gotten it to stay on the same typeface just for me. Oh well those are graphic designer grumbles, at least it still works. Just about everything I own needs an upgrade, including my hair. What you see here is yet another "fun" border, this one based on bubble shapes. Re-mix and coloration to follow. I still can't go into the hairdresser though.

Markers on sketchbook journal page, 5 1/2" x 4 1/2", September 20, 2020.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Urban Landscaping


Even though this is a dense urban area, there are still plenty of trees including green plantings for the parking lots. This is a view of some of the roof of a nearby shopping center, where Trader Joe's is. Back then the roof was a forest green color. There were banners on the light stands, autumn colors with a leaf motif. I used to enjoy the changing of the banners which matched the season. Now the roof has been re-painted off-white and the banners are no longer used. But if you work or shop here, you will encounter all sorts of green life.

Black tech pen on sketchbook page, 5 1/4" x 5 1/4", September 13, 1998.

Friday, September 18, 2020

By-Product in Natick

Dear Reader(s):

I regret that I haven't blogged an artwork today, but the difficulties of keeping my mind and work together these days have caught up with me and I just didn't have the energy to do a posting. Social Distancing for me means Just Stay All Day in Bed. Well, all right, some art of mine showed up, with my permission, in an online brochure for my old home town's Parks and Recreation section. It is a depiction of the steeple of downtown Natick's First Presbyterian Church, with fall leaves.

The first image you see on the brochure isn't mine, it's a beautiful photograph of historic Natick Center with its green and bandstand and the church. You are invited to scroll down until you find a very similar image to the right, depicting the church. That one's mine. Natick is colorful and full of New England goodness. Thanks for your patience!