Posts Tagged ‘pencils’

Cornered

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

One inspiration for this piece was my thinking about Botticelli and a
couple of other Renaissance artists whose styles were strongly
hard-edged and linear. No matter the subject, their style suffuses every
work with a certain pale and quiet sadness that is easily felt but
difficult to describe, like that universal yet unsharable sadness which
is part and parcel of every life. There is no sfumato in the artists’
works to mellow or hide that sensation, nothing to compromise or lessen
its harsh representations. This sketch is merely my response to that
certain melancholy inherent in every linear work. The creature inhabits
a harsh, brittle realm of unyielding and emphatic demarcations that
allow no thing to really touch another, a world of sharp outlines, sharp
and stinging like nettles and barbs, a world of boundaries that cannot
be crossed. Yet the creature itself is also harsh, untouchable and
armored in its own severe outline. It belongs in its world. It’s a
little bowed and battered by its environs, but it is not broken. It
perseveres and is not overwhelmed. To me, that is part of Botticelli’s
genius. There is an ambient sadness in his work reflected even in his
smiling or dancing figures. Yet they survive in the sadness and somehow,
magically, impart a graceful undefinable happiness, even joy, to the
entire piece. And that is part of what makes Botticelli’s works beautiful.

The Heart Stalker

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

In the heart of the traditionally coldest month of the year we celebrate
the warmest emotion of the human heart. So here’s to romantic love —
hot or cold, new or old, living or dead– it always leaves its mark.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 4th, 2015

To those of you who view Potter’s Sketchbook (especially you, Jason Young), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jealousy

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Atlas

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Just in time for Halloween, Potter’s Sketchbook is back (after a long hiatus)! We give you something spooky, eerie, weird, phantasmagoric! ATLAS!

Each in Its Proper Time

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

There’s not much to this. It’s just your typical warm-weather backyard scene.

Merry Christmas 2014 and Happy New Year 2015

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

All of us at Potter’s Sketchbook hope you and your family have a happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Elegy for a Dream

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Kitsch as kitsch can.

Sometimes you laugh so you do not cry and sometimes you cry so you do not laugh. Sometimes things survive and sometimes they dissolve into the shadows. And sometimes you wonder if they ever mattered at all.

The Way of All Flesh

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

It’s not hard watching a dream being born. It is hard watching it die.

The Wrestler Past His Prime

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

His life was filled with battles, most of which he lost. He’d console himself by thinking they were unimportant. But then, if they were insignificant, what did that make his life?