Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dreaming of Jim Bob

Perchance to dream of Arkansas road trip pit stop moth

  • Do you want the name of the moths? Yes, please tell me the moth species. You may write it on the card with your name and address when sending in your moths.

I don't know the name of the moth. Maybe Jim Bob. It was on the restroom window screen at the Interstate rest stop in 2009. I was driving to Ohio from Dallas and the Buick a/c didn't work.

Made styrofoam prints using gray markers and then white block printing ink for the crowd source paper moth art project.

Amorpha juglandis?
So far the facebook page for the moth project shows clear, detailed, linear black and white ink drawings and prints, all drop dead gorgeous. I was having a darker moment when moths were terrifying evil lords of the bathroom in the middle of the night in childhood. Those moths were dark, dusty, shadowy, vague, shape-shifting, and malevolent. 

  • Does my moth have to look exactly like the real thing? No, not at all, you may take all the liberty you like.




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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Intentional detours






IF my intention is to contribute six moths to the paper moth project THEN it's time to get back in an artist fitness program. Buying fancy erasers and sketchbooks with Amazon Prime is not the same as drawing practice.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Roman numerals superceded by webs and storms


Try to imagine a world with no post-it notes and no photocopiers. Populate that world with junior high students after gym class and the noon lunchroom food fights. Sit them around tables in an overheated library filled with dust motes.It's time for the lesson, "Plan Your Report on a Current Event Topic of Your Choice Using an Outline with Roman Numerals and 3x5 Index Cards." Add in the Readers Guide to Periodical Literature, a scary shushing librarian and his monkeys flying in alphabetical order.

Compare and contrast that geometric grid planning with an organic brainstorming and web-building process. Google searches require an education in telling fact from fiction, advertising from reliable sources. Put your Current Event in the center of a web, and spin out your questions about the facets of this topic like branches from a trunk. Filter your searches. Evaluate your sources. The currency of events is down to 24 hours max. And the librarian is probable dressed up like a favorite book character, quite likely a dystopian teen archer.


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