Two Pears in a Porcelain Bowl

Two Pears in a Porcelain Bowl

Learning to Tell Time

Learning to Tell Time

I disappeared for a while…  it happens.  Tragic, I know.  Those close to me know the personal circumstances that would lead to such and absence.  As for the rest of you, suffice it to say that I’ve needed some much needed personal space and something that resembles privacy.  Unfortunately, I have been as absent from my studio as I have been from writing.  Whatever emotional and spiritual well I draw from has been tapped for too long.  I wonder sometimes if that has been a mistake–to leave the studio, to leave my creative process for such a long stretch of time.  But there was nothing to be done about it.  I’m hoping that just being here and writing this will return me to my hands and their work.  What little creative work I’ve done has been for the Permafrost Journal at UAF and the Chapbook they publish every year.

I’m plenty fascinated by graphic design.  These little projects have been fun, and honestly, I wouldn’t mind doing this kind of thing a little more regularly (and for money).  They’re collaborative pieces ultimately and it’s always nice to have boundaries and limitations with which to work.  Constraints are a nice thing really… too often I get overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices I have in terms of media and subject matter.  It’s almost paralyzing in a way.  The above covers are the Midnight Sun Chapbooks put out by UAF.  The three below are the covers for Permafrost from the last three years.  The last being the yet to be released 2009 cover.

Permafrost Cover 2006, Painting by Dave Mollett

Permafrost Cover 2006, Painting by Dave Mollett

Permafrost 2008, Photograph by Larry McNeill

Permafrost 2008, Photograph by Larry McNeill

Permafrost 2009, Print by Lisa Gray

Permafrost 2009, Print by Lisa Gray

Now, lets all hope for something that resembles a miracle…let’s hope that my next post comes soon and that there are paintings (of mine) in it.

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