Friday, September 16, 2011

Pick-Up Sticks

Did Hurricane Irene create havoc in your neck of the woods? My town was fortunate to be spared serious damage. In the aftermath, I was picking up debris on my property, and imagining what to make of the mess. I decided to branch out (so to speak), and integrate my new stick collection into some drawings.  I hope you get a stick, uh, I mean a kick, out of these pics! More important, If you were affected by the storm, I hope life is back to normal.

This was inspired by the fashion of a Highlands tribesman, Papua New Guinea
I revisited a trusty dry-brush technique (with Sumi ink) for these drawings.

The sticks helped unify seemingly disparate images.
I taught this drawing how to fetch!
Oh deer!
This primitive narrative was inspired by Indiana Jones films!

"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease." ~  John Muir


  1. These are AMAZING. So creative. And I love the fact that there are nine completely different interpretations! Really great.

  2. Thanks so much Robin. There are many stories to tell with sticks & branches, as opposed to sticks & stones!