What to Expect When You’re Expectorating

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 in art | 3 Comments

Recent Sketchbooking

It all began with a commission request from my mother to create a “tea themed” print for a present. I began doodling well-endowed tea pots, of course, because what other kind is desirable? In my usual fashion, my interest in the work clung to a single punny phrase. In this case, it was: “Tea & A.”

This, of course, (need I say it?) is a pun on the phrase “T & A” or the lovely “Tits and Ass.” Ahem.

Over-explain it, I will. For that is what I do best. A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but I need at least 5,000 to drive a point 6′ under the earth and dig it up again.

So, among my other activities and thoughts and doodles these past few weeks, I’ve been sketching out a variety of shapes and sizes of breasty tea pots and cleft tea bowls.

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And, of course, thinking on our recent week in New Orleans, which made me homesick.

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This week I finished setting up our apartment, and we had  a wonderful dinner with the printmakers at BGSU and visiting artist Sean Cauflied. I also read a couple of new graphic novels including The Crackle the Frost by Lorenzo Mattotti, Jorge Zetner & Kim Thompson (translator) and Pinocchio  by Winshluss. The latter inspired a series of sketches spiraling off my well-endowed tea pots that I will now share with you.

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I began in my usual fashion, by combining my own sketches and compositional studies with snippets from the imagery of Pinocchio and studies of the layouts within.

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I then created the above sketch by combining three scenes from Pinocchio with a few of my own additions.

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And then my mind began to wander on its own. I’d love to make this boob cloud as a free floating sculpture….

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And it kept wandering…

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A bit far: post-nasal drip. The trip to New Orleans set off an allergy fit.

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And then fixating on the idea of following a blood sausage the way Max Klinger followed a glove in his 1881 series of etchings.

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But these are just sketches, that may one day be drawings. That may one day be prints.

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Or not…. and they continue on. A centaur woman with frog hands making a list with an over-sized pencil? Just things that popped into my mind.

And the not quite complete sketch-thoughts:

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What to Expect when You’re Expectorating….

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All threads started by Pinocchio and combined with my own recent musing of pelicans carrying stork-like bundles-o-joy (gas pumps.) I’m also always thinking of the fabulous Goya etchings, The Disasters of War and R. Crumb and Heinrich Kley, of course.

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We’ll see later if this ends up going somewhere. It was fun letting my mind wander. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my process and the subject matter my work deals with. We’re headed to SGCI in Milwaukee in a few days. It should be an interesting adventure.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this inspiring diatribe by Dave Grohl, the keynote at this year’s SXSW: http://www.npr.org/event/music/173331505/dave-grohls-sxsw-2013-keynote-speech, which I listened to with Blake while laboriously embroidering T-Shirts to sell at SGCI.

3 Comments

  1. Lime Cilantro… Cookies? | Orange Barrel Industries
    March 18, 2013

    […] I carved up this linoleum block yesterday for a commission from my mother. […]

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  2. Orange Barrel on Etsy + Blake’s New Website Design | Orange Barrel Industries
    April 12, 2013

    […] she told me was that they “like Tea,” and this is what I came up with. You can see some sketches of my ideas in this earlier post and an image of the carved block here. I love doing little commission works like that! Just leave […]

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  3. Part V of 939 Drawings: My Facebook Friends’ Profile Pictures in Watercolor & Ink: #102-145 | Orange Barrel Industries
    June 12, 2013

    […] It is also a good question to ask myself during this project. I am often embarrassed by these very quick drawings (and my terrible scanner). But I know also that many of them turn out better for being done quickly, and I am developing a new sort of abbreviated language that I haven’t fully explored yet. I am a fan of graphic novels/sequential art, “comics,” if you will. I especially love the likes of Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Sartrapi, R. Crumb and Alison Bechdel. I often use Scott McCloud‘s Understanding Comics as a teaching tool in 2D Design. And I continue to find new inspirations, such as my recent explorations of Winshluss: What to Expect When You’re Expectorating. […]

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