Monday, December 27, 2010

St. Francis Progress

After several days of inactivity (a combination of post-semester and holiday doldrums) I got back in the studio, thanks to the foot or so of snow dumped on us last night. Here's the progress thus far. Lightening up a bit, working things all over. I'm trying to be careful to avoid a coloring book approach, keeping things pretty dark until I can decide what to do with color in its final state.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Beginning the Prayer of St. Francis

I'm very excited about this new painting. It's about 4 x 3 feet, based on a sketch done several months ago. Here, I've laid down an underpainting on black gesso as a means to block out the figure/ground relationships. 

Like the St. Theresa sketch shown in a post from a couple of days ago, I'm pursuing some ideas about self-reflection (literally) in dialogue by mystics like Francis and St. Theresa, whose relationships with God were, to my mind, really very full relationships with the self.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The RI6

Finally getting around to posting some sketches and the finished logo for the Rhode Island Six Hour Ultramarathon and Relay, which was held in mid-November.

I did a ton of sketches, and I'm including a small sampling below. The final design (featured last in this post) was an amalgam of a couple of designs preferred by the client. I usually think throwing in too many independent ideas is a little risky, but in the end I think it worked out ok. My favorites were the digital clock ideas—pretty simple and not your typical race logo stuff.

The Ecstasy of St. Theresa

I've become interested in the notion of dialogue of the self especially in instances of meditation and (literally) reflection. I see this in the Prayer of St. Francis and, now, in the words of St. Teresa of Avila.