Graphic Arts and Celtic DNA

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls


Long ago in the desolate wastes

A wall of fire

came down a mountainside

and spread across the lands

On Sunday last

the cauterized soil made sacred

prepared to receive

a returning, family matriarch

Rest in Peace, Delores


“Moses and the Burning Bush” — watercolor ⓒ 2015 — J.O’R.


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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?.”

Nothing like a spectacular  orange-hued sunrise over the Coast Mountain Range in northern California, looking across from my cabin:Daybreak2

And here are several of my sketches and a painting  I think have some interesting, though more subtle, hues of orange.  The first at left is a quick, colored sketch of Verocchio’s sculpture of David, which has  nice orange ochre hues; the sketch to the right is of a model at a recent life drawing session, and has some  interesting orange pastel shading; and the final, bottom painting has white gesso, purple, and a  vivid reddish orange design.

DAVID1Memorial2 Molly

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”

I’m experimenting these days with a new, for me, art style in  watercolor painting.  A lot of my painting has been figurative realism, with the nude figure.  I usually start from pencil or charcoal sketches made during a weekly drop-in session held at our local art center.  We usually have about 8 or 9 artists, and we chip-in for the model’s fee.  Good, relaxed atmosphere.  I usually work on the painting later, at home.  I’ve tried a little by way of expressionism in altering the reality of the poses, but I’ve been unable to wander much from realism in my work.  Sometimes the results are exciting, but other times they may be boring.

Recently I decided to loosen up a bit more, by employing a little Lichtenstein/Warhol playfulness-satire-comic themes into a few paintings.  Here are photos of an initial two  that I had entered in an exhibit that ended last week.  The exhibit theme was titled “SHAMELESS,” and encouraged rampant commercialism.  It was fun to get some reactions to my new work from artist friends, and I may occasionally do more paintings  in the same style.



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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”

Thinking about our theme, I remembered a mood of festivities and music with a vibrant, orangey yellow, like the Naples Yellow  in a litho-print I did of a French country music duo playing at a California north coast Abalone Festival some years ago.  I designed the block print from some pencil sketches I did at the festival.  It was a wonderful, music-filled afternoon on a grassy meadow near the oceanfront.  For those of you who don’t know what an abalone is, the second image will give you some idea.  The abalone uses its massive foot muscle to lock onto an underwater rock surface, where it spends its life feeding on marine plants.  Snorkel divers use a metal bar to pry the abalone loose.  The abalone must measure at least seven inches across to be a legal catch.  The foot muscle is sliced into steaks, and needs to be pounded to relax the tissue before sauteing, which includes searing them only a few seconds on a side.  The result is a fantastically delicious delicacy.  At the festival, up to a dozen cooks compete at various food stands to produce prize-winning abalone dishes in several categories.  Bon appetite!



My blogging partner has been called away on family care service, and so our blog could be a little erratic in coming weeks.