A Casting of Stones

companion site for the web-sketchbook of David-Glen Smith

Thursday, April 22, 2010

from the past || 2005

A rare idle moment: revisiting older images posted on my website: A Gathering of Stones.

from the past || 2005

A rare idle moment: revisiting older images posted on my website: A Gathering of Stones.

In the backyard we placed a statuary figure of Saint Francis holding a green mirror ball. Back in 2005 we scattered wild flower seeds behind him to attract butterflies and small birds. Oftentimes the resulting yellow and white blossoms resulted in the effect of a divine aura, a sense of a natural expression of holiness attributed to a garden icon.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

moment 11 || empty interior

For an hour I waited at a local coffee house while the opticians finalized repairing my glasses in the same block of stores—and I was caught without my sketchbook and without my camera—resorted sketching the empty cafe, on paper within my planner, with colored markers.

My intentions were to find people, but instead was greeted by lonely chairs. Most of the clientele sat outdoors in full sun. Their voices mumbled through the store glass front where I sat in the shade, still in my casual work clothes.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

moment 10 || self as book

Another self portrait-sketch, another book. In this case, the image follows my damaged sketch book: broken spine, missing folios of pages, the glue-binding cracking. The book becomes a symbol of my personal drawing process—

The theme approaches the notion of identity, the realization of the creative potential; the flower represents the Ideal, the self portrait showing a sense of Actuality, of Reality viewing the Ideal.

I love considering such abstractions of meaning in art and poetry. It only makes sense: the process of discovering another artist’s intentions helps me gather stronger insights into my own work and offers new concepts to emulate.
Pens: Micron 005, 01, 03; Faber-Castell BR

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Points of departure

A new article was posted by the Van Gogh museum regarding The Bedroom. The author, Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho, offers more details about Vincent Van Gogh's intentions with the work, showing examples from his letters and sketches from 1888:  Points of departure.

I greatly admire this ink sketch. Small hints of the artist's personality exist within the domestic scene: his hat and jacket resting beside the bed in the background, two paintings on the far wall leaning forward, the table set for a still-life. All of these elements alter or are removed from the final painted version—here they offer a strong sense of stability, cohesion for the full room.

One can easily step into the sketch, become a part of the whole image.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

moment 09 || Student Poetry Slam

Recently, students performed a Poetry Slam at Lone Star College-CyFair campus, where I teach. This is the first time I sketched from a constantly changing room of diverse people and diverse moods. In life-drawing classes, the change of a model's pose is expected and predictable—here, movements were erratic and sudden. Without warning a poet would finish their piece and a new voice would be called to perform.