(Molly Stevens, India ink on paper, 44" x 60", 2009)
Since spring, when I first started drawing things as opposed to words, I have repeatedly found myself outlining emerging forms that at once resemble shoots, humans interacting, dicks, auras, and what I’m today considering to be rock mountains. In fact, it was Mantegna’s mountain that made me think this (see November 17th’s post).
I went looking for the painting at the Met and found the painting among other Renaissance works and schematic representations of landscape – rocky mountains in particular, which were often butted up against perfectly round halos.
(Swiss painter, 15th century)
While there, it became clear that I had to look at Chinese paintings. Sure enough, there the forms were again, peaking above clouds.
(Wang Hui and assistants, Chinese handscroll, 1698)
And to my amazement, they are certainly exact representations. Google:
(Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China)
Today it is Krazy Kat that has me riveted, with its shifting lunar landscapes, something like Monument Valley, all the setting for a deeply human love triangle between a cat, a mouse and a pup. (Click to enlarge)
(George Herriman, Krazy Kat, circa 1940)
This is all to say that it does seem that I will be drawing large landscapes for Donkey Trail – in color.