(watercolor, pen & ink, gouache)
A grueling few days spent in Digital Land this week, but now (feeling like a new mother after a harrowing birth) I’ve got a smoother-running, easier-to-navigate website that features my works in watercolor, ink & pencil, and oils. Same general look, but new and improved! It’s the center of my digital universe, with links to prints, originals, blog, occasional news, loads of favorite books and my contact info. Stop by for a test run here.
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I’ve been thinking about that saying, “A picture’s worth a thousand words” lately.
Being relatively facile with the back and forth between left and right hemispheres, I do enjoy pairing imagery with thoughtful essays here on this blog. But since my posts have become so wordy—when originally the blog was intended as a showcase for my art—sometimes I wonder if my readers engage more with the words and merely glance at the art? Is the art being viewed as mere decoration for the words? I wonder too, if my essays are keeping readers engaged at the intellectual level, when my art’s intent is really to encourage people to make their own synaptic leaps of insight, without prompting. Pictures being worth thousands of words is a nice turn of phrase, but as an artist in this Information Age, I’m wondering if pictures (and to be more precise, my pictures) can still truly stand on their own, truly speak, without words to illuminate them?
I think I’ll try a little experiment: posting art sometimes with few or even no (gasp!) words to accompany it. Never fear, there are more essays in the works too. As always, your comments will be much appreciated!
Below are new prints (and their originals), now available in my Artspan shop’s Watercolor Gallery here. (Click Galleries, then Watercolor, then click the thumbnails link on that page to see all of the available images at once. Or just scroll through the image bar at your leisure.) You’ve seen a few of these images on this blog, but these have been professionally photographed now and look great!
All of the below images are watercolor, pen & ink, sometimes with a bit of colored pencil and/or gouache.
I have a long-standing relationship with books. It’s really more like a love affair actually, with a passion that has never cooled. Sure, the Internet is a vast source of information right at my fingertips and only a question, word or phrase away…but it is the deliciously slow unfolding and divulging of a book’s treasure that keeps me coming back, forever in love.
Books find me–the perfect books–like an answer to a heart’s call. I keep a Wish List on Amazon and often within months those same books show up in my life, whether through the funds out of nowhere to buy them new, through a gift or loan, or through a thrift store or yard sale. Magic!! Other people have this kind of attraction with parking places or money, I hear…
I, in turn, admire, appreciate and respect them immensely, turn to them often, praise and recommend them, lavish money on them when I should be paying bills, and give them an honored place in my home.
Relationships with people, on the other hand, are harder. Why can’t people be more like books, I sometimes wonder…
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll.
How frugal is the chariot
That bears the human soul.
“There Is No Frigate Like a Book” by Emily Dickinson