I’ve always been fascinated with houses. I have dreams that I enter into them and check around every corner looking for new rooms. I often head downstairs for some reason and am surprised to find an extra room just beyond what I thought would have been the last. The most fantastic of these dreams ends up constantly revealing new rooms. It’s a form of eternity. Often the house looks simple on the outside, like it’s not really going to be that big, and from there the discovery begins. The illustration above is without a basement and suggests the lack of a back side as if it’s floating there, reconciling its desire to provide shelter with a dream of flying. These two qualities are constantly being negotiated in my own life. I love both feelings greatly, and this illustration captures that, I think.
I’m excited about the sky, and could see it appearing in other drawings to come. Those of you that know my history of sky drawings recognize my longtime interest in clouds. This highly simplified, mod, cloud scape hits right at the heart of my latest drawings while extending my longtime struggle trying to capture the expansiveness of the sky in simple terms. The sky feels natural while becoming a hyper-real, super-flat dream scape. I’m also enjoying working from an ellipse and distorting it into these mushroom cap shapes like you can see in the backdrop of the sky, the plants climbing the steps, and the green abstract tree form to the left. I’m also excited about the idea of a tree without a trunk, a rootless tree. As far as the Cadillac goes, I think it’s there because I saw one on the street the other day and had to draw it. I’m not a big car guy, but the nostalgic quality of it can’t be beat in this house fantasy. Why the power lines? I don’t know, they seemed to place it somewhere. The whole thing is sort of somewhere and nowhere. I relate to that.