New Header Image. Something a bit simpler.

Yes, you noticed. I changed the picture at the top of the page. I liked the old one, but it’s more a collection of image fragments than anything, and I thought I’d like to put a picture at the top, however goofy, so it looks like a real person lives here. If the old one was a hodgepodge, you’re now treated to a different kind of excess. I was playing with Photoshop all day yesterday, making surfaces rise, fall, and rumple. On the whole, it’s not what I’d intended, and it will change in days to come, but how about let’s just put it up for now. Stuck up on the refrigerator until the next version emerges. The frantic reality of life as a daddy has me working digitally much more than I’m making prints & drawings lately, so perhaps it’s more honest to have a summary image that reflects the tools I’m actually using right now. Inky printmaking hands again someday soon, but for now, this. If you’re a big fan of the old header, here you go: (see below). Click on it to see it full-sized, and you can pretend it never left. The Joe Hill of  blog headers.

A collage of fragments from Eric Waldemar's prints and ink drawings.

The Pelican, the Alembic, and the Concealing Wall

Alchemist's pelican and alembic, scrawled on a rough wall. Mystery is not there merely to be solved, though the world would be simpler if it were. The alchemist’s pelican and alembic, the crucible and the centrifuge, each have their counterparts in the mechanics of our own conceptual and emotional back rooms. If we could just simply look, listen, and know what it is that we confront or behold, we could putter along with some confidence. As it stands, even the obvious turns out to have plenty of slack in it, and once common sense has lost its credibility, well, we just do the best we can with our guesses, and try to adjust quickly when we’ve judged the whole thing wrong, though we may have seemed to know the way at the time.

The Helmet is a Veil

Modified chalk drawing on concrete by Eric Waldemar- Veil-HelmetWho would have guessed that this, of all things, would come up at auction? There it is, though, “Item Number 4,” in all its concrete glory. A face mask or helmet also acts as a veil, shielding the prying gaze while reflecting back the observer’s face. Bid high and make my day (though I don’t get a penny of it). See you there.