In my last post I talked about creating rhythms and patterns. This week I created rhythmic art based on my real life. For example I saw a plant skeleton which inspired part of an artist book I made and shared earlier this week on my email newsletter (there’s a video flip-through on my newsletter). In my book titled “Mysterious Mural #1” I was thinking of the power of art, of books and of coffee… in my whimsical way of course. But the book contains a story sequence around a large pattern inspired by the plant. Here’s the plant…
Here’s a look at part of Mysterious Mural #1 so you can see the sortof resemblance to the plant above. More details on my email newsletter post here.
It probably won’t surprise you that my wife and I went to Beaches, a local restaurant, to attend, (along with half of Vancouver! ❤) the fundraiser for the local library system Ft Vancouver Regional Libraries. At the restaurant Beaches we sat by big windows looking out over the Columbia river watching the weather changing as we looked. We also saw seals leaping and geese swimming…
As you can see when we got our food and drinks it was bright and sunny.
Then the light changed and the color of the river changed… I find it endlessly fascinating how light affects the perception of colors.
Later we visited the main library downtown. It’s a 5 story building occupying a city block. Five glorious floors of public library goodness! There’s a sculpture garden on the walkway to the front doors. The top floor has a balcony with a garden and seating areas for reading outside but you can’t see that from the ground.
One whole floor, the 5th floor, is devoted to fiction and it’s the floor that has the outdoor balcony. Here’s a view from inside the fiction floor.
Here’s a view from the 5th floor balcony. If the day were clear and sunny this view would show snowy mountains in the distance. Even on a cloudy rainy day I think the view is pretty.
I went to the library in search of particular titles that were referenced in other books I’ve been reading. Of course I didn’t “stick to the list”. 🤣 Here’s what I came home with. My wife has her own stack!
Our library day was so pleasant that on another day I created a pictorial diary page about our pleasant day – which I shared on another email newsletter this week too.
I used fountain pen and a water brush in one of my larger sketchbooks. I find the ink wash technique an easy, no fuss, quick way to get things documented. And yes, I selectively edited when mentioning the weather and documented only the sunny parts of the day. I enjoy the rain too but for my pattern I needed to edit and simplify in order to explore my pleasant feelings within my 20 panel grid format. I also simplified the flower garden we saw and what we had for lunch. The story format, what is included and what is left out of a story are rather arbitrary artistic choices of the moment…another day I might’ve made different ones… anyhoo I think the pleasure of the day still comes through. 🤞
I enjoyed the challenge of making a story sequence that is also an overall rhythmic pattern. I’m thinking I might try to make this sequence into a fabric design. 🤔
Pleasant days in my past have been documented in paintings – like this one that is currently at the Caplan Art Designs Gallery.
I’m enjoying playing artistically with my daily rhythms, patterns, events and lists of pleasant things. It’s a fun way to combine life and art in soothing ways. It’s my way of practicing the idea in this story I illustrated in Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit.
I hope your upcoming week is as pleasant as it can possibly be! See you next Monday.
12 thoughts on “Rhythms, library books and diary days”
One of your best (so far 👏) especially enjoyed the trip to the library!
Awww thank you!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!
Your grid of drawings inspired by your day’s experience is fabulous. I must say that I am in awe of how much reading you accomplish. In my teens and 20s, I could easily read 3-4 books per week but nowadays I end up falling asleep so quickly that I am lucky to get through a couple of books per month. Lots of time for daytime reading is part of my retirement plan.
I’m so glad you liked my grid of drawings! Like you as a kid I read 3 to 4 books a week. And like you currently when I was younger and working for other people I didn’t read half so much as I do now. Reading as much as I like is definitely a perk of self-employment and semi-retirement!! I love being able to take “book breaks” and read for 10 or 20 mins during my days now despite however busy I am with art projects. A life of reading is a worthy and attainable goal. That you’re able to read any at all while working and having a busy family life is quite an achievement!!! Bravo!!!! ❤
I get much more reading done over the Summer when I am not having to factor in the teaching day so that gives me tangible hope that I will get much more reading done in the next phase of my life. Of course, perhaps a bit bold of me to assume retirement will be part of my life experience. Ha ha!
Here’s hoping retirement will be a large part of your life experience!! I wish for you every good thing imaginable- and I have a fairly good imagination! ❤
A library with a view! What could be better?
Love your photos, and what a great event for the library!
Your sketches are so fun!
Oh thank you! I’m so glad you like them!!