Continued Work on “Palimpsest”–Measure Twice. Cut Once

palimpsest

noun

a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room.

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Home again in Studio Eidolons, I’m finally rested and refreshed and ready to return to painting. I did maage to get some work done over the weekend in The Gallery at Redlands on this building I discovered in Little Rock, covered with ghost signs. I am thinking about titling it “Palimpsest” because the layers of signage from early 19th to mid-20th century remided me of my earlier years of seminary studies when poring over photo facsimiles of ancient biblical palimpsest pages.

Ghost signs have been my passion for many years, and my dear friends the Darrs just gave me a very fitting birthday gift, an out of print book, Ghost Signs: Brick wall Signs in America, by William Stage an amazing author and photographer with a background in philosophy. I am nearly finished reading the entire text and am deeply touched by this statement from art critic John Brod Peters:

On ancient, peeling brick walls, these fading signs are the dying whispers of another age.

Reading that, I felt the hairs raising on the nape of my neck. This particular building in Little Rock, Arkansas is the 1891 O’Bryan building. The orginal painted advertisements were covered by an adjoining building in 1915. When the newer building was torn down in the 1980’s, the ads were visible again. The Coca-Cola ad barely shows beneath the Tom Moore cigar ad.

Studio Eidolons in the Morning

The day in studio has been soothing, and the watercolor is now slowing down considerably. The old adage “Measure twice. Cut Once” is in play as I spend more time staring at every square inch of detail than actual painting. The mortar seams in the brick work are slowing me down as is the parking lot and sidewalk just barely begun. When I am this deep in a painting, I tend to tighten up and sometimes lose the freshness and spontaneity that I love to see. I’m glad there is no deadline for this piece.

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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4 Responses to “Continued Work on “Palimpsest”–Measure Twice. Cut Once”

  1. Dian Darr Says:

    I loved this post! We were thrilled to find a book on a subject we knew was of interest to you! The quote is perfect-…”dying whispers of another age.” So grateful for you and Sandi and that we can share special moments!

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  2. doubledacres Says:

    I got goose bumps when I read Mr Peters statement. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. davidtripp Says:

    That quote really stirred my blood. The text throughout is really remarkable. The author’s philosophical background enriches the photos he took all over the midwest.

    Like

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