I know a little bit about the bible. I have an M.Div. for Christ’s sake; it’s one of three graduate degrees for Pete’s sake! I may no longer be an ordained Benedictine monk, but I sure as Hell sat through my share of biblical studies, theology, even Greek courses. Most of them were fascinating. I had a brilliant seminary professor, one of several like that, in fact, who approached the study of sacred scriptures from a literary-criticism perspective, steeped in critical hermeneutics, semiology, and philology…right up my alley. He planted the following image in my mind (I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.):
I like how this come out. Most of it was done in Infinite Painter on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. I’m pretty unfamiliar with Painter, but it looks like something I might want to explore more. Then I did a few weird things in iColorama and a resizing in Procreate.
I’d like to let the photos and images do the talking in this post because it was an intricate confluence of chances, that evening of May 21, 2018. A few years before that at my first Mobile Digital Arts and Creativity Summit in Palo Alto, CA I met Claire Iris Schencke, digital artist extraordinaire. Check her out here. Claire lives in Arcata, CA, and so since Ann and I were planning to be in the neighborhood on our North Coast road trip, I let Claire know.
As it turned out, Claire, who routinely does live iPad drawings at live music events, invited us to such an event at the unquestionably funky home of Gregg Moore, whose “crib” is well known for exquisite live music. Check this out for yourself, please.
That evening we were treated to the Oskar Stenmark Trio. Click here to learn more about and listen to Flugelhornist/player/composer/arranger/educator – Oskar…from Sweden. Notice also how Claire is situated close by with her iPad connected to a large monitor so that she can render a simultaneous, colorful, digital interpretation of the musical experience for others inclined to enhance their own experience.
I was invited to open my iPad Pro, and these are the three – quick – digital renderings that I contributed to the evening. I’ll let the images and that final photo close out this post. Let me simply add that this evening was a genuine and memorable treat!
With a little time on my hands and some inspiration, who knows what will emerge?
iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, iColorama, flashlight, color, wall, shadow. Amen.
Last night, May 6, 2018, while watching United Shades of America, catching an interesting and informative episode focusing on Sikhism, seeing my first Californian Sikh almond farmer, and being intrigued by the turban (click here to view a gallery from the show), I sketched the following image on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, using Sketch Club and iColorama:
A distorted quickie done in Sketch Club on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and then tweaked a bit in iColorama.
I’ve been thinking about Newton’s 3rd law of physics, that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, a law that apparently can be broken, “in certain nonequilibrium (out-of-balance) situations.”
Hey, I think we’re in one of those situations.
I’m just going to say it. These folks are deep-down frightened. They see what’s unfolding, and no matter how hard they slam on the brakes, there’s no stopping the inevitable demographic and economic changes and the corresponding cultural diversification and darkening of our collective pigmentation. Right now all they can do is wall themselves off economically, skim off as much as possible for themselves, take refuge in their own amnesia, and throw it in reverse.
Beer context: Pine and Palm’s Pacific Coast Porter
17th Street Pub
Sketch Club, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil