Recently, I have been drawing in bed - like the following quick layout of another NASA painting. I am up to No. 7 in the NASA preliminary drawings but only starting No. 3 in the paintings.
The drawings have all the basics, needed to start another painting - title, theme, composition, action, narrative and any new objects. The two shown here are about 75 x 50mm in size and were scanned from a notebook page. The paintings for these will start hopefully in the next few weeks.
This is NASA No. 3, which I showed on the previous post in a state of partial undress. At the moment I am colouring in and scratching around, trying to get a feel for the work. I am just starting to like it and am feeling a lot more confident about progressing to it's logical end.
Below is a detail from the work that I call the "Lost in Space" portion, because it is like the opening credits of the sixties program of the same name that I watched as a kid. In the background can be seen the standard, 'David' symbol of a Glasshouse Mountain (Crookneck) signalling potential doom - these little guys have no idea of what's goin' down - sort of a Mr. Jones, thin man sung to a different ballad.
The upside down, party pooper, flower object in one astronauts hand, that is appearing in these paintings is starting to grab my attention - it seems to symbolise much, but very little at the same time - curious.
My son Jonas and daughter in-law Sarah's first home has just begun, being built in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland - lots of rock.
And finally, another bedtime story - below is a book I bought back in 1980 in Brisbane. This is one I have flicked through many times - it's a straight forward analysis of Modern Art and culture. It's a pity that it is an early 70's book as there is so much more to be said about the last 40 years. I might have to hunt down the author who took up the batton after this author as he (Rookmaaker) died in 1977. Here is a quote from Rookmaaker -"Modern art did not just happen. It came as a result of a deep reversal of spiritual values in the Age of Reason, a movement that in the course of a little more than two centuries changed the world." - we are living in the vacuum.