ever been on the road without much in the way of art materials, and see something beautiful? this tiny sketch was rendered on the inside of a standard folding matchbook cover. this farm is located on Hwy 138 in rural Southwestern Wisconsin, just West of Stoughton - "a Norwegian community, dontcahknow?"
matchbook includes the original twenty (20) safety matches, and the cover advises "Be safe - Close cover before striking - Keep away from children", so i guess you must be 18.
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one HomeBest brand matchbook, from our good friends at Diamond Brands, Inc., Cloquet, Minnesota 55720.
oh yeah - there's a drawing on the inside, too. colored artist pencil... yada, yadeh, yaduh.
after 'matchbook farm' (listed earlier) i decided to experiment with an idea that had been rolling around in the back of my mind for a long time: the river STYX... but on an equally tiny scale and rather abstract / dream-like.
STYX is one of the rivers that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead and it flows, in a spiral, nine times 'round Hades. the name comes from a Greek word meaning 'hate'.
there are five rivers that separate Hades from our world of the living. they are:
it was believed that Charon, the old ferryman who transports the dead into the underworld, crosses the river Styx where the dragon tailed dog Cerberus guards, allowing all souls to enter but none to leave. Charon only takes the souls across that are buried properly: with a coin placed in the mouth during the funeral ceremony - a legal loophole to avoid hell?
if a member of the Greek pantheon of gods swore on the river Styx and failed to keep his word, Zeus forced that god to drink from the river itself. the water was said to be so foul that the god would lose his/her voice for nine years - sounds like the present-day Nile to me. ACK!
miniature watercolor (the scan does little justice), on heavy watercolor paper. dimensions are 2.75" x 2.5" (that's 7 CM x 6.4 CM in metric, but i think Hell uses the same Imperial standard of measure that my British motorcycle enthusiast friends are always complaining about.)
after 'matchbook farm' (listed earlier) i decided to experiment with an idea that had been rolling around in the back of my mind for a long time: the river STYX. following that i wanted to do a tiny landscape of a breathtaking scene from the Southwest.
miniature watercolor and ink (the scan does little justice), on heavy watercolor paper. dimensions are 2.75" x 2.5"
Buddha, sleeping or meditating. either way he'll open his eyes enlightened!
i can't seem to stop sketching this one over and over - it started out as a custom 'happy belated-birthday - sorry i missed the big day' card for my closest pal Jeff, and has taken over a big part of my daily time: sketches, drawings, paintings, bumper stickers, my shipping labels, you name it - he's been there, done that!
soft artists oil pastels on white paper, 18" x 24". the colors really jump with life, but this photo does little justice to the actual artwork.
Buddha holding the world on his lap (it's actually his belly!) this is a set of four Buddha abstracted pictures.
inks on stiff drawing paper, dimensions are 6" x 4.5"
a dream image from the pages of my dream journal.
here's a picture angle with a little less reflection... the colors really have life, but these photos do little justice to the actual artwork - lower quality photos load faster!
soft artists oil pastels on brown paper, dimensions are nominal 28" x 15".