Monday, January 1, 2018

The Cat of Amber

This piece was a commission from a Washington area fan, to be given to her brother, whose cat had just passed away. The elaborate setting is the City of Amber, my madly-detailed rendering of Roger Zelazny's enchanted built-up mountain. I published an excerpt of the City painting on this By-product in 2014. I think this picture is one of the best black and white pieces I ever did.

Black ink on Strathmore board, 7” x 10",  November 2001. Click on image for a larger view.

And with this Cat I let Year 2018 in the door. I do this with some trepidation given the deaths. disasters, and chaos of the past two years. I wearily say to myself and my friends and relatives, if we want to bring change or defend our way of life, the only way it will happen is if we make the effort ourselves, even if that effort is cultural rather than political or social. 2018
will also mark the 10th year of this Blog.


Texchanchan said...

A charming picture. Who doesn't love a cat? Reminds me of Steinlen, and the black against the intricacy is perfect. I like intricate black-and-white, Ambrose Beardsley for example. I won't make a pun on "perfect," heh.

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