Thursday, April 28, 2011

Petroglyphs: Journal of Antiquities

Petroglyph: Petro-combined form, meaning rock or stone; Glyphs-a shallow vertical channel or carved fluting. (Greek- glyphein: to carve)

After a recent movie night, where I watched
the DVD of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,
I decided that a Journal of Antiquities
would be a fun project.  Indie's dad, Henry Sr.,
had spent years creating
a research journal of all the clues
to finding the Holy Grail. Of course it was
chased  all the way through the movie
and passes through many hands,
both villain and hero...
cryptic clues, diagrams and
drawings make it pretty cool...

I purchased a small journal with
pages 3 1/2" x 5 1/2 ".
I began my search for treasure in a
reference book in our local library.
Amazing diagrams, photos,
maps and explanations fill the book...

Native Americans taking the time to
carve these in stone with
primitive tools must have been
a labor of love, or perhaps
a search for power...

The author of the book didn't claim to know
what these human figures represented.
I have to say it looks to me like there
is some hanky-panky going on!
Perhaps a fertility drawing?
My antiquities 'research' will continue as
I am fond of ancient cultures and their art:
Egyptian, Mayan, Native American.
There may be some European religious Icons to
be drawn and admired.
Take the journey with me...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Scrappy Journal

Looking back, moving forward...

Well said, Vincent...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Graffiti Dragon

Highlighter and marker in
visual art journal. Copyright DBC 2011.

Trying out "Graffiti style" lettering
and drawing. I was thinking of
'Puff the Magic Dragon'
but realized there could be
other unintentional connotations...
I'm not a tobacco (or otherwise) smoker,
so just think of this as fire-breathing
dragon smoke.
Very reminiscent of my art work
when I worked for a Tee-shirt
transfer company.

Not exactly like graffiti, but a fun experiment.
I wouldn't be fast enough to actually
paint a 'tag' on anything 
without getting caught...not into
danger, vandalism, or gang signs, 
but definitely intrigued by street art.

I often wonder what it would be like
to put my work over one of those
ugly billboards beside the freeway?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Art Journal Collage

More pages in the 
Scrappy Green Journal created by
Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover.
I enjoy getting to work
on the substrates that she
made as they are often 
unexpected and stretch my
skills in new ways.

The square with bird & Tweet is
a pocket which can hold 
tags or other bits of
ephemera.  I don't "Tweet"
but couldn't resist the 
word and the bird together...

I've never outgrown paper dolls.
These are a couple that I just
did this week. Maybe it's silly
but it's "my party, and I'll make
paper dolls if I want to."
This one has a fashion magazine
face, drawn over with marker.

I drew the face on this one--
it has a watercolor background,
stamping, drawing, and a 
wallpaper scrap glued on.

In other news, I got a small journal in which 
to start making mysterious drawings 
and diagrams, ala Henry Jones.
(Indiana Jones dad)
I am going to start with diagrams of 
Native American glyphs from
the Ohio river area...
who knows what treasures will
be uncovered?