Friday, September 25, 2015

Sharpie pen on 9x12" bristol board.

I went to bed Wednesday night, full of thoughts. So I got up to siphon off the mental energy. Earlier that night, we'd watched Nature's Miracle Orphans, about a "the efforts of individuals at animal rescue centers around the world who devote their lives to saving these vulnerable creatures".

All that critter love warmed my heart, and I see my critter has a sloth-like nose, and mouse-like ears. Maybe a few web-memes about clever mice got in there, too, the mouse performing tricks, and the one hauling a pizza slice.

Tonight's drawing began to come out of me even before the inspiring program finished:

Sharpie pen, graphite pencil and colored pencil on 9x12" bristol board.

Art and Craft, a POV program, intrigued me. From the program description:
"Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era and he isn't in it for the money. In the last 30 years he's copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then donated them to museums across the country. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of duped professionals intent on stopping him. But Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic, driven since his teens to escape "the life of a mental patient," and ending the con isn't so simple. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect."

So my drawing shows the Artist as observer, the EYE, the eye which sees details. Landis had to have incredible powers of observation to duplicate these art pieces so well. His re-creations have merit on their own, for that. He also does original creations.

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