30 May 2012

Pool (from memory)

First, learn to float, thin and mobile, become agile. Want water. Full of imperatives. No photos, child protection. Bounce, smiling, to your father.

Counting her visible ribs, playing them like a glockenspiel in my head, hollow, marrow sucked out.

El ano pasado, flashes of Spanish, I understand easily.

Aggressive front crawlers with flawed technique draw grumbles from surrounding bathers. Unwritten rules are being broken.

Old ladies with their hair pinned up, gossip & glide, gossip & glide.

Many shapes: compressed curves, scrambled edges, widths. It is good to see all these bodies. Still people try to say: this is me, you can tell by my sunglasses, by my gait and by who I'm with. Today I love this.

No longer longing for uniformity. Be full and multiply. Adorn yourself. Exclaim. No hate today.

Flesh spreads white and molten, careless.

Stripes florals polkas blocks florals polkas blocks stripes polkas florals blocks stripes.

Black and red ants gathering.

Colour and light, cool water, coffee with ice.

Luc Tuymans: The Swimming Pool, 1989

8 May 2012

Joni Mitchell on the relationship between drawing and songwriting

(Irritatingly the piece she's talking about is uncopyable, go here to see it.)

At this time, the way I laid color to outline an existing line was very similar to what I was doing musically. When I recorded a song I would play and sing at the same time, which I would say represents the black line, then I would take two or three words and stack one or two harmonies to them. One harmony would be like running a band of color and two harmonies would be like running two bands of color along the black line. These drawings have a lot of space and at that time, as I say, I was just recording voice and guitar, which is by nature a lot of space. As I became more and more color conscious and added more and more lines of colors in my drawings I seemed to crave it musically too. So, aesthetically, with music and drawing, I was intuitively concerned with similar problems.

from StarArt book