Trance Dance

Joanthan Herbert drawing in the Dumbo Studio

Jonathan Herbert drawing in the Dumbo Studio ©2011 Ashley Elizabeth East

Tullee

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Tullee’s. Ass charcoal and conté on rag paper – 18 x 14 inches

Masha drawing in conté 24 x 18 inches

Masha drawing in conté 24 x 18 inches

Masha drawing in conté 24 x 18 inches

iPhone photo. Replaced after proper archiving.

TEN PERCENT

That’s right. Ten percent of my working life as an artist is spent painting. Is it because I’m a dilettante? No. It’s because the business of being an artist is voracious for my time.

It’s a business. I have to file taxes. I have to keep books. I have to store ridiculous amounts of paper to prove that what I spent is what I spent, and that paper must go in files.

Files! I have to file my artwork. First I have to make an inventory: on Excel; on the work itself. Title; inventory number; medium; date; copyright notice; size (live with it, I’m only doing the inches – you do the conversion). Oh yes, PRICE.

Price. That reminds me, I have to work at sales. In this age of wonderful opportunity I am beholden to no gallery owner, but that means I own my own gallery on the Internet. Someone else built my custom management system; I have to maintain it. So people can buy what’s current.

And then I can do order fulfillment.

So. I’ll paint tomorrow.

At least I can keep a sketchbook, so I can draw on the train, on the way to the shrink, to discuss my feelings about TEN PERCENT.

Have a sketch:

from my sketchbook, while riding the no. 2 line

A moment of peace amidst the clatter

Derwent 9B Pencil on 1/2 of an A4 Moleskine Notebook page / September 2010

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...

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.