When my sisters and brother visit the family homestead, one of our favorite walks is Oso Flaco Lake. The walk has three parts: the lagoon, the dunes, the beach. The dunes are covered with a scrubby habitat all the way to the beach. You walk through a landscape densely packed with an array of textures that is fascinating even when the plants are not in bloom.
The silver lupin was in bloom this past weekend, the perfect embodiment of its name, with pale flowers and gray green foliage. When they die, the plants leave behind intricate mounds of twisted branches, in every shade of silver and gray. My sister, Nancy Tarczynski, took some photographs of the silver lupin corpses:
She knew I would want to use this amazing source of pattern and line in my work.
© 2017 lcmt
Last month, I shut down my online venue at Zazzle, but there’s a nice sale going until 11:59 PM Wednesday night, with a 50% discount on a limited number of items. My shop is now open with a selection of posters and cards until the sale ends.
Sale code is ZBESTSELLERS.
If you don’t like shopping at Zazzle, you may want to look in at the shop at RedBubble.
I am very grateful to Phil and Tom for giving me permission to use pieces of their work.
This photograph was posted on Facebook by Phil Openshaw. The interface between positve and negative spaces grabbed my attention. I immediately began to see graphic possibilities for those shapes, even though the photo is not a particular favorite of mine. The image does not really do justice to the breadth of Phil’s wonderful talent. You should check out his site for his photography, and his fantastic asemic art.
The drawing below was made by Tom Magee and posted on his blog at Ello.
When I was making this comic, I reached a point where I had dynamic spaces divided between black and white and red, yet there was no story. When I make abstract comics and asemic writing there is always a story. It can be a fragment of a story, like a scrap of a lost manuscript, or a quotation from an imaginary book. Maybe it is barely a glimpse, like something seen through a window, or like one frozen frame of film. I try not to worry that I have only a small piece of the story, because I have always known that the viewer, the reader, brings the larger narrative to the work. Asemic writing has helped me fully understand that truth. But I did not have even a piece of a story until I saw Tom Magee’s drawing on Ello. The two floating entities in his drawing almost yelled at me, like little bratty monsters. They knew they were the catalysts for a GLP narrative, and they demanded their space in it.
This is a cover I designed for the work-in-progress novel, Five to Alias by Tanya Simone Simpson and T. Van Santana. The artwork is a collaboration with Tanya, who is an amazing photographer as well as a writer.
The world of Azza-Jono is being created by a free-wheeling collaboration of writers on the Ello social network. You can find the results at the Tablo site: Tales of Azza_Jono. You can also read about it on Ello as it happens, but I find that the Ello site does not always work if you are not signed in as a member.
Six Tales from the Glorious Assemblage of Haberdashers is an imaginary book by Abby Ashier Chertsey. It was a once-cherished but mostly forgotten childhood classic for Wm. Yost, imaginary author of Geranium Lake Properties. Yost accidentally encountered Chertsey in 1995, in her garden on Bryher island, when he was on a tour of small British islands. Yost had stopped to admire a hillside of daffodils, and subsequently was rescued by the 103-year-old Chertsey from the affections of her mixed-breed wolfhound, a very large and exuberant puppy named Penarddun, called Penny, or Bad Penny.
Detail of this Geranium Lake Properties abstract comic strip, available as a poster or print. Or a miniskirt,
“Six Tales from the Glorious Assemblage of Haberdashers” is a Geranium Lake Properties series that has occupied my attention for several days. Here are two pieces of a poster I am working on, plus I made some products at RedBubble while I fret over details: