one might think that lenten art ought to be rendered in greys, perhaps using rustic vine charcoal or comprising still life tableaux. you'd hardly expect whimsy. that isn't appropriate. nor humor. nor vivid color. nor visual puns. this is all wrong. entonces…
the moleskine ('mol-a-skeen'-a' — but in conversation, simply 'mole-skin') sketches are primarily a means for me to slow down and be still every day during the 40 days of lent. it's an imposed discipline wherein i must sit still long enough to breathe, consider the blank page before me, and pour myself onto the page with intentionality. yes, to express myself, and then to share with God, with you, whatever. the color makes each session last a little longer — the painting must dry before i scan it, for example.
sometimes i create the pen-and-ink sketch during my lunch break and then take it home and watercolor in the evening after my kids are in bed. other times i create the whole thing over lunch or a cup of coffee. the traffic signal painting was drawn at the intersection of houston and st. mary's street in downtown san antonio, sitting outside sip, over panini with roasted chicken, chipotle mayo and goat cheese (i substitute this for jack cheese and it makes all the difference) i didn't give up goat cheese for lent.
tonight's moleskine lentenblog was different in that i didn't draw anything new, but rather cut-and-pasted random sketches from an old notebook i was getting ready to toss. this deconstruction and assemblage allows new meanings to emerge simply by placing objects in proximity. not unlike playing with poetry magnets.
so anyway, my intention is to continue creating at least a sketch every day of lent, to reflect on the way of Jesus, listen to God, and by means of frail and fumbling prophetic imagination, to "create… an alternative to the current system" [Bruggeman]. who knows, maybe soupablog will move from discursive to performative symbol. ;) speak truth to power.
and now a word or two about the supplies i use. i have a very compact, frequently rubber-band-wrapped, supply list:
for those who have asked me offline, here's my current equipment list.
• staedtler pigment liners (4-pack: .01, .03, .05, .07 mm), black
• moleskine water color notebook, large
• windsor & newton artist's watercolor compact set (11 cm × 13.5 cm)
all of this is small enough to fit in a large jacket pocket or the smaller pocket in my $5 gap backpack. i try and take these supplies with me on every vacation, every road trip, and lately, i keep them with me everywhere i travel.
i'm hoping to display the whole lentenblog journal at guadalupe coffee co. later in 2007 in a gallery setting. (san antonio, tx, usa)
so these sketches are for God. and for me. and for you. enjoy the rare bit of color during lent. think of it as a foretaste.