I knew you were curious because I said "the second Phoenix…"

From my sketchbook. A Moleskine A4. It’s rare that I don’t use 100% rag paper, but I roll with the times. The conservators will have to figure it out.

pencil drawing from Jonathan Herbert sketchbook of Phoenix Rising from Embers

It just popped out of me on the 2 train...

I knew you were curious because I said “the second Phoenix…”

From my sketchbook. A Moleskine A4. It’s rare that I don’t use 100% rag paper, but I roll with the times. The conservators will have to figure it out.

pencil drawing from Jonathan Herbert sketchbook of Phoenix Rising from Embers

It just popped out of me on the 2 train...

I'm going to work on the current DEAD SUZANNE oil painting now

Really. Even though I am totally out of Old Holland Cadmium Yellow Light.

I’m going to try it without putting all those paintings in the hall again. My good friend, the painter Eric Clinton Anderson, was supposed to help get them back up into the storage loft today. But he got too busy. Tomorrow.

DANGER: DO NOT SIT OR STAND

This is where I decided to stand

I won’t try it myself ever since I fell off the top step of the six foot ladder – you know, the one that says DON’T STAND HERE – and literally almost killed myself. I’m getting okay with Suzanne being dead; don’t want to follow in a real hurry, though.

I’m going to work on the current DEAD SUZANNE oil painting now

Really. Even though I am totally out of Old Holland Cadmium Yellow Light.

I’m going to try it without putting all those paintings in the hall again. My good friend, the painter Eric Clinton Anderson, was supposed to help get them back up into the storage loft today. But he got too busy. Tomorrow.

DANGER: DO NOT SIT OR STAND

This is where I decided to stand

I won’t try it myself ever since I fell off the top step of the six foot ladder – you know, the one that says DON’T STAND HERE – and literally almost killed myself. I’m getting okay with Suzanne being dead; don’t want to follow in a real hurry, though.

Phoenix Reborn charcoal on Rives BFK

Today.  I’ve started being drawn to the Phoenix myth. Here’s the first iphone photo of the second drawing on this theme.I will replace it with a proper photo by the Archivist when it’s shot. Unless I work on it further.

Phoneix Rising from Embers charcoal on Rives BFK paper 30 x 22 inches

I find it interesting that as the KADDISH / Dead Suzanne series seems to be working itself out that I have had this rebirth myth drift up from my psyche.

Unburying the studio to work on Dead Suzanne

First I spent the morning putting all the paintings not back up in storage into the hall so I had enough room to work.

That took about an hour. Here’s what that got me.

But I was able to play in the mud and the dust, breathing solvents and smearing myself with lead paint.