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In the Beginning…

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Cotton application of ink onto newsprint
was the method of shading used in this studio art project.

Now that I have finally made it to the end of this summer semester, it is time to return to my domestic responsibilities in full force.  Our garage is still stacked high with boxes from our recent move and my [somewhat] freshly painted studio is buried in the basement by bins filled with supplies begging to be organized.  Do you ever find yourself vowing to purge stored forgotten treasures only to become entranced by volumes of unboxed memories?  Well, as I meandered through this maze of sketch pads and easels, I came across my cardboard, poorly duct taped college art portfolio from a time that predates vector graphics – at least before they were commercialized to the general public.  Yes, I realize that maps my post secondary education on a timeline, but it also serves as a disclaimer for coloring outside of the lines in these projects… in the spirit of ‘We just didn’t know any better’… That was the season when “Def Leppard” played in the Ratskellar, Dana Carvey & Mike Myers were dabombdiggity on “Saturday Night Live” and cell phones looked more like walkie talkies… Good times, good times… So just for the fun of it, I thought I would post a few of my earlier projects that I unearthed in the process of declutterization… okay, who am I kidding… this is just a great excuse to get out of that mess downstairs!  Enjoy!…

An early ink graphic designed for my studio art class at the university.

This design was created with cut Canson paper.

The visual transformation of a sketch into an abstracted non-objective rendering.

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The Elemental Style of Hiroshi Sugimoto

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“Lightning Fields 236” photographed by Hiroshi Sugimoto (2009)


Bright streaks of crackling light slicing through the night sky can be so captivating.  The sheer force and power behind each rumble is a reminder of how small we truly are as cohabitants on this planet.  Whether lightning propels small children into the arms of their parents in the midst of a storm or fertilizes corn fields with its releases of sulfur into the atmosphere, it has been the source of inspiration to numerous inventors and innovators alike. To Japanese artist, Hiroshi Sugimoto, this energy became a scientific study captured on photographic dry plates.  Using a Van de Graaf generator as his power source, he generated 400,000 volts of electricity through various electrical and aqueous discharge devices, transmitted these impulses through a metal table and onto film.  The result was a simulation of lightning so vividly executed in the darkroom and beautifully archived on film in his elemental photographic series, “Lightning Fields.”  More of these stunning works and additional selections from his portfolio can be found at his site, http://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/portfolio.html.