Wednesday, January 9, 2013
New Artwork: "The Watchers"
Mark has created five complete images along a single theme, all in less than a week--highly unusual behavior for a guy who usually does "one-offs." Above is a quick view of one of the drawings.
For a look at the whole series and to read the story of how they came about, read on!
While Ping has been experiencing some interesting energy movement, I wonder if some of it has rubbed off on me. Could be. In any case, I've done something in the last week that I've rarely, if ever, done before: create a series of images along a single theme, in the same medium, one after the other, without a break.
I've done plenty of fantasy art, lots of dragons, fairies, wizards and monsters, but they've never been specifically along a theme. Most of the images I draw and paint are "one-offs." The closest I've come to a "series" is the "Stairway to Heaven" paintings--which are easy because so many trails around here have stairs! But I don't usually bang out five in a row of anything. Here, I have.
It all started with this image, graphite and white charcoal on colored paper:
Immediately after this was done, I started another one, using a different reference image--again with significant modifications. The background is modeled after a section of the trail to Dan Feng Shan, near our house.
As I started on the last one, I wondered what I should call these images. Clearly, they meant something to me. When I looked at these weathered sculptures by the trail, I got a sense of peace, strength, and calm. The first name that occurred to me was "Watchers." That's what they seemed to be doing: watching the path, guarding the way without ever becoming directly involved. Wherever they were found, all was well.
I asked Ping what she thought about the name. "But if they're watching, why are their eyes closed?" I asked. That's what had been puzzling me.
"They're watching with the Third Eye," she said.
That rang true.
So here are the first five in what I expect to be a continuing series called "The Watchers." I have two more images already in the conceptual stages. I'll post them when they're done. I don't know if I'll maintain the same pace, though: 5 complete drawings at 11.7x8.2"/30x21cm in about 6 days is pretty intense.
In the meantime, these are always visible on the Mark Ivan Cole - Artist page on Facebook, or at http://www.letsgotakealook.markivancole.com/Watchers.php
Let me know your thoughts! I'd be interested in any feedback you have. Thanks! --Mark