I’ve just discovered a Get Out of Jail Free card for drawings that seem to have a randomness to them. The drawings were born in the Brainforest, where jump-cuts and lap-dissolves are second nature. As Paul Simon sang, long ago:
My thoughts are scattered and they’re
They have no borders no
They echo and they swell
From Tolstoi to Tinkerbell
Down from Berkeley to Carmel
Got some pictures
In my pocket and a
Time to kill…
And I was delighted to discover that embedded in each Brainforest is info.
My thanks to artist friend Richard Schuyler for urging me to keep at this drawing. Thanks, Dick, I needed that!
Starting places and finish lines occlude endless possibilities.
About half a dozen times or so in my substitute-teaching journey, and not always in an art class, a kid would come up to me after class and say, “You’re a good draw-er.” I love that so much more than “You’re a good artist.” Because no matter how much Art is in my images, the SOUL is in the Drawing.
Doing this crazy picture was a joyful adventure. I didn’t do my usual crank-it-out-in-one-sitting modus operandi. I put it aside and come back to it several times, taking several days. My only regret is that I didn’t record the stages preceding completion. Next time i do one of these things I will take a lot of pictures.
Note: I’ve been participating in National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, for years. Every April poets are given daily prompts designed to inspire new poetry and expand poetic horizons. Today’s prompt provides link to two different usage dictionaries, one so old the Esses look like Effs, the other restricted to the science-fiction sphere. Per instruction, I chose a concept from both: “celebrate” from the old one and “cyberspace” from the science-fiction one.
Consult a fashionista’s CHIC
You’re well-oppress’d & outre eke
But still your hubris takes its toll
Estranging eyesight poll to pole
Reverb & feedback keep an orb
Secure–or what’s a harbor for
Perhaps a double buttered SHEA
Astride a triple-ply Parfait
Creative brio stills debate [/] where
Eminence then Emanates
Afterword: I was a big fan of Gibson’s world of Cyberpunk after I latched onto his Neuromancer in the mid-80s, when I was in my early 30s. His was a thrilling “anything goes” imagineering, and in fact we will never know how much he influenced the early shapers of the Internet. I hope some day to catch up on my Gibson reading. Alas, I fear the hope is forlorn.