Because I haven’t done one in awhile, I decided to illustrate a haiku for this piece. I am currently reading an anthology of poetry by Basho and his followers, and picked a haiku from the section I was reading, more or less at random.
Because I have not done a photodoodle of my cats in days and days and… well, days at least.
One of the dangers of being immortalized in art is that eventually some yahoo like me will show up and make art of your art (in the case of sculptures there is also the risk of bird droppings, which amount to the same thing). This bust is located in the foyer of the Asian Art Museum.
After fiddling with colors, I thought I would do some B&W. I am not much of a portrait photographer, but I do like a good, high contrast B&W portrait. For this one I searched for public domain B&W photographs online, found this one on Instantshift, and then modified it in GIMP by using two layers – one of Ink Wash and a transparent layer of Hard Sketch (with inverted color) on top.
(Original photo from Instantshift. Photo listed as public domain. No challenge of copyright intended.)
I was in Oakland over the weekend and happened to pass some violets growing on a fence. I thought they would make a nice base for this study.
Why yes, yes I WAS tempted to do one based on the Indigo Girls. But I resisted.
Indigo is the color I have the hardest time processing in my brain. I tend to slip from “dark blue” directly into “violet”.
Original photo from miriadna.com
I was in a bit of a strange mood when I started this.