These are three of the drawings I've been working on that are inspired by the Tony Horwitz book A Voyage Long and Strange.
When Horwitz describes his writing he says "When I write about history I like to weave the past and present together." I feel exactly the same way about painting--you can see that in the way these Vikings and Conquistadors are interwoven with the semiotic style of contemporary protestors.
You can imagine how excited I was when I heard that Horwitz's book is being featured in a community reading program at the Gwinnett County Public Library, where one of my good friends, the Amazing Danny Hanbery (Hi Danny!), has been doing all of the things that heroic librarians do, which includes talking to people who make displays for the Gwinnett Reads program. I would very much like for these drawings (or paintings or watercolors or illustrations or whatever you prefer) to be included in the display. Danny and I sent a few quick messages to each other and now the idea is in the hands of the wonderful Sue Calbreath* (Hi Sue!).
The program kicks off on Tuesday September 29 with a panel discussion with a group of professors from Georgia Gwinnet College and there are several other events planned for Gwinnet readers. The grand finale is a reception with Horwitz on the 18th of October at the Red Clay Theater and Arts Center in Duluth, Georgia. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.
*Sue probably would like to know that the drawings are on Arches watercolor paper mounted on sturdy mdf supports and are about 10 inches tall and 12 wide. The wood of the supports has neatly pre-drilled holes in the back which means that the drawings can hang easily on small nail or even a thumbtack, appearing to float off of the wall.