Multiply the circumstances–
What rises to the occasion?
What remains, over and over,
expecting to return again?
Look between—what is divided?
Multiply the circumstances.
What is buried? Which measurements
contain dust and ashes, which bones?
Around the patterned interval
tricks appear as what they are not.
Multiply the circumstances–
ghostlines projected in the air.
Symbols transforming the unseen–
abridged, compounded, mythical–
saved by neither fortune nor fate–
(multiply the circumstances)
A quatern for Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above. This is another repeating form–the same idea, but with its own distinct rhythm.
Kerfe gave me this turtle bone Saturday. I wish this blog had smell capability: this gift from the sea still carries the pungent aroma of the salt water. In doing this painting I noticed how much this reminded me of a conch shell. Kerfe was fortunate to find this buried in the sand and it was a lovely gift. Thank you Kerfe!
at rest in between
sea and land, water and wind
shaping spanning time
This year was not a good one for collecting shells. But one morning on a walk along the beach, my daughters and I found, half-buried in the sand, a piece of what appears to be a sea turtle bone.
I drew it from both sides, and I also took photos.
Only in the close up can you see the subtle lines of the shell.
Once home I looked up sea turtle skeletons online.
Sea turtles are one of the few creatures to have both an internal and external skeleton.
And of course this must go in Nina’s turtle shell collection! I will give it to her the next time we meet for lunch.
You can read more about sea turtle anatomy here.
bare shadows of bones:
time has silenced their relics
A couple of weeks ago a news story about the discovery of graves from the colony of Jamestown included photos of the bones as they had been excavated and a also a Roman Catholic reliquary, seemingly at odds with the Anglican Church burial site. And they were able to identify the bodies! Both mysterious and suggestive.
Jennifer at Graceful Press Poetry also recorded her reaction to the news in verse: https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/20906156/1299
Actually the next photo in the bone book was an entire skeleton, but I don’t feel up to tackling that yet. So, on to the skull. I don’t think my right and left hand versions look that different, although I felt like I noticed different details drawing with my left hand.
I also did one where I didn’t lift the pencil.
…and I was a bit impatient when not looking at the paper. I’ll definitely try that again.
Shall these bones live? Shall these
I still haven’t found my copy of “Anatomy for Artists”. I haven’t seen it in quite awhile, so it may have disappeared as a result of one of my many moves. So I took a book with photos of bones out of the library. It would be better to be drawing actual bones I think, but the photos are quite good, with lots of subtlety. Above: forearm. Below: upper end of femur.
Nina, on the other hand, has both a collection of animal bones and a known talent for rendering them (https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/drawing-from-a-photo-detail/), (https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/skullduggery/). Which I hope to see more of, Nina!
I’ll be working my way through the book in the meantime.
This was a study of a bone (femur?) done in art school. Unfortunately it got ruined. I forget what they call these yellow spots on Antiques Roadshow, some kind of moldy spots, but this drawing has it all over. Still, it’s a good drawing. Who knew that years later I would like skulls so much?