5:00 AM Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday! Another glorious day in which to create something awesome – in Spot’s case, in which to create some HAVOC with his brother and sisters!  HAHAHA

With the studio cleaned and re-arranged, the new camera set-ups tested and ready to go it is now time to drink some coffee and grind some graphite!  

I am basing these graphite experiments on what I learned from watching tutorial videos by South African artist, Jono Dry.  

From his website bio: Jono Dry (b. 1989) is a self-taught artist living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. Dry’s large-scale graphite drawings take as subject mental health and its metaphors, and consider the complexities of identity, depression and anxiety. Common to all his work is the empty darkness that surrounds his figures, who stand alone against the black.

I will not be working at a large scale or doing human figures, quite the opposite, but what captured my imagination about his work were his rich, black backgrounds. They resonate with me at a very deep level and I think will be exactly what I need for a series animal portraits I intend to do. So, I spent quite a bit of time after the holidays tracking-down his materials and learning how he prepares them.

I will be filming these experiments, so fingers crossed, there will be something meaningful to share with you in the near future.

Speaking of which – I now have 37 short videos up over on the studio Vimeo page – it’s taken years to even get that many, but wow! 37!!  I think that’s pretty cool! I think this one will always be my favorite – https://vimeo.com/361579214

Until next time …