Category Working & Methods

Thoughts On Process: The Impact of PanPastel Colors from Colorfin

The books and drawings that I make are, I am told, eccentric. I make them using archaic techniques and using tools for industrial or architectural design. The resulting drawings create their own category. It is difficult to ascertain with precision just what is is going on — which is my intent. (All art benefits from […]

SCORE (cont.):  Making, My Process and the CD

I recently introduced a new work, SCORE, which can be seen at the Lilly Library at Indiana University then posted a walk-through of the piece. Although artistic process really can’t be fully explained, I enjoy hearing artists talk about their processes because I find that hints and helps come about. So with that in mind… […]

SCORE: New Work Delivered to the Lilly Library at Indiana University

SCORE Graphic Notation and composition: Timothy Ely Music and production: Larry Ellingson In February of 2018, fellow artist Larry Ellingson and I engaged in a non-stop conversation in a car, hurtling through space from the east side to the west side of Washington State, and back. Conversing wildly and led by shared interests topics ranged […]

Rhizomes, Knives and Thread: Books by a Thousand Cuts (Sketchbooks, Part 3)

Rhizomes are plant stalks which spread underground. Rhizomes mimic artistic growth — we must continuously create space for processes to expand within us until a new stalk pushes up somewhere, surprising us with new growth. This can occur with startling regularity. In my first post about sketchbooks, I briefly addressed the WHY of keeping a […]

Rhizomes, Carbon and Graphite: Contemplations on a Sketchbook, Part 2

It will be 50 years since Donn E. Trethewey told me that “if I wanted to be an artist, I would have to draw everyday.’’ That was on October 26, 1968. I was 19 years old going on 11. I have been lucky to have a friend in Donn since that time. He also told […]

Rhizomes and Ink: Contemplations on a Sketchbook, Part 1

In my first drawing class in college in 1967, my instructor said either “always carry a sketchbook” or “always keep a sketchbook.” I don’t know if anyone else in Keith Imus’s Drawing 101 paid much attention, but I did.  Over the past 50 plus years sketchbooks have developed into a most potent device for learning. […]

Building New Books and the Challenge of Repairing Old Ones

I came upon the following bothersome quote from Matthew Crawford. (Despite thoroughly enjoying the book, no author is perfect.) “Fixing things, whether cars or human bodies, is very different from building things from scratch. The mechanic and the doctor deal with failure every day, even if they are expert, whereas the builder does not. This […]