Banshee

I just finished reading The Pentagon’s Brain by Annie Jacobsen.  It’s an interesting read, if unsettling.  I wonder how many science fiction authors have been fulfilled and how many have been deeply shaken by seeing their thought experiments realized by DARPA and other agencies.

It’s important to think about where we have been, and where we are going.  Speculation on where new technologies will take us is similarly fascinating.  There is so much potential for good, and for evil.  The history of the development of the technologies of war is fascinating.  The pursuit of new weapons and new defenses makes a great deal of sense in many ways.  A greater understanding of new technologies and how they can be used to disrupt, control, or kill may prove invaluable in protecting people.  I can’t help but wish more of the effort was intended to improve life rather than to gain an advantage in war and conflict.

Do the benefits of better prosthetics, communications, exo-skeletal enhancement, smarter computer assistance, etc. outweigh the fact the purpose behind funding these projects is so often motivated by military concerns?  So much of what we receive as civilians seems to be almost unintended consequences.  Would our world benefit more if the focus was on improving lives rather than defending nations?

Ultimately, I wish there was more reason to have faith in the people who will ultimately decide whether to implement new technologies.

In any case, here’s a banshee.  Uncolored intaglio prints will be available at some point.

We Saw Her Standing There

We Saw Her Standing There

2-19-2017

Ever feel like you have been very, very busy, but you’re not certain what you can show for it?  I can certainly relate, this week.

Part of it, this week at least, is some of what I’ve been working on isn’t ready for sharing yet.  Some of it will be ready soon.  New etchings, new illustrations, all that. The other part of it, this week, may or may not be Fire Emblem related….

Here’s a scan of a recent little piece.

You Know The Place

You Know The Place

2-9-2017

Here’s one I made in the run-up to Christmas.  I was considering original drawings for gifts, but this one didn’t really fit the holiday season.

Landing

Landing

 

2-2-2017

One of the few nice things about delays in site updates is I have a stack of newer work to share.  I suppose it’s just as well since I just started a new book project that won’t be ready for image sharing for a while.  In any case, here’s a piece from December.

I'm Almost Free

I’m Almost Free

Showing

I managed to lose my office job a few months ago, replacing it with more teaching.  Teaching part time doesn’t take as much time as the office job did, so now I have more time to devote to art as a job.  This means more time to plan and execute projects (I have a pretty big project getting started right now.  More on that in another post…) and to find ways to show my work.  Apparently it’s been something like 4 years since I applied to gallery shows that weren’t related to the SF Olympians Festival.  Well, that’s changing this year.

I have already been accepted into 2 juried shows, one a printmaking show at the Ann Arbor Art Center, opening February 3rd, and in the digital gallery portion of a show about crows put on by The Studio Door in San Diego, also opening on February 3rd.

Last, and certainly not least for those of you in the Bay Area, I will have a piece, “Let’s Play With Fire” in the annual Art from the Heart auction to support the Sonoma State University Art Gallery.  The gallery will be open for Preview Exhibition viewing Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 1, 2, & 3 from 11:00 am-8:00 pm, with the auction taking place on February 4th, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Anyone have any show opportunities to recommend?

Let us play with fire

The Spring semester has begun.  Teaching is great fun, and I’m looking forward to a good semester.

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Bera

I just finished reading Eric Orchard’s “Bera the One-Headed Troll.”  I’ve been pretty disciplined lately about buying books.  Granted, I have purchased a lot of books, but they’ve all been books on long-standing lists, or books required for projects.  Impulse buys have been less common.  Orchard went and wrecked my record.  The cover caught my eye, and I don’t think I’d flipped through the book for longer than 2 seconds before I knew I would be taking it home.

If you’re familiar with my art, or with my reading interests, the appeal may be obvious.  Trolls and brown washes aside, it’s Orchard’s excellent story, characters and wonderful use of shapes and scale in the designs, and his excellent story that really make this book worth grabbing.  The story itself follows traditional patterns, but the presentation adds power and surprises throughout.  Great work, and something to look for if you enjoy fairytales, owls, Maurice Sendak, trolls, or just good storytelling.

Lumberjanes

I’ve been trying to catch up on Lumberjanes trades recently.  Apparently there are a couple more volumes I need to pick up, but it’s such a fun book.  The characters are great.  The art is bright and fun.  The magic is thoughtful and engaging.  There is a certain brand of fiction that combines mystery, whimsy, and positive handling character growth that gets me every time.  Shows like Over the Garden Wall and Gravity Falls have it.  Novels like Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus books have it.  Lumberjanes is a great addition to the group.

Next up on the reading list? The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency.  Hopefully a good chaser for fun and whimsy…

Here’s another print from 2016.  The color version was done as a gift for someone.

Original Prints by Brett GrunigOriginal Prints by Brett Grunig

Mistress of Mistresses

It finally happened.  The office job is gone.  It’s all art and teaching now.  It only took about 7 years, but I finally managed to complete my number 1 new year’s resolution.  I will have to figure out a new goal.

Actually, I’ve already thought of a few.  A new press.  New publications.  More drawings, prints and paintings.  I suppose most of these were already on my perennial lists, but now I may actually have time for them.

I just finished reading Mistress of Mistresses by E.R. Eddison.  I picked it up because The Worm Ouroboros was so amazing.  Mistress of Mistresses shares the same wonderful depictions of idealized characters, high drama and flowery language as the Worm Ouroboros, though it lacks something in clarity and fantastical imagery.  Still, it had its beautiful moments, and made for an interesting picture of what the Eddison may have thought of love. It’s certainly an interesting take on the afterlife.

The language of early 20th century fantasy is also worth remarking on.  The descriptions are beautiful. Poetic.  Meaty.  They take time to digest in a way much of contemporary writing does not.  Most of it is style, I think, but there are also difficulties regarding references.  I understand may have been a time when any educated person would be assumed to know French, and maybe some Latin or Greek – quotes from literature if no necessarily language fluency.  As someone educated at the end of the 20th century in California, I find the foreign language passages difficult, and suspect I am missing references to the classics.

Maybe I need to read more classics.  There are some comics coming out of France that might make that worthwhile as well.

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