Monday, November 12, 2012

HEART OF DARKNESS, page 033

Title: "We live, as we dream -- alone..."

6.75 inches by 11 inches
ink on watercolor paper
October 13, 2012

7 comments:

  1. wow! very magestic! very striking. wonderful.

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  2. Hi, Matt. Today, my friend Andrew presented me with justabout the best birthday present ever. Both pieces are so, so awesome. I just wanted to drop a note to thank you for your extra gesture and really personalizing it for me, on top of being an inspiration for me, both in work ethic and artistic technique. I can't wait to get both pieces framed!

    Andrew clued me in on some correspondence you two shared. I think we both prefer making a connection a thoughtful, personable guy who might be a bit late on his mailings... over someone robotic who delivers every single thing on time. Thanks again!

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  3. Matt!

    Looking at your blog and how much it has grown since 2009. Even have a book out! Congratulations and it's great to see how much your creativity has evolved over the years.

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  4. Lizzy, I had been thinking about this piece for years, actually. I first heard it from the well known Gang of Four song and the line hit me pretty hard. I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was a little while before I discovered it was actually from Conrad's great book. This image has actually been in my head for over a decade. The only minor change has been to include the jungle leaves near the bottom, to hew closer to the book.

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  5. Emily! Thank you very very much for this comment. It was a great pleasure to be able to create something more personal, and specifically for someone. Andrew shared a bit about you, and a bit about himself, and that small point of contact helped make the extra drawing a true joy to create. I really appreciate what you wrote here. I tend to beat myself up over the little things, and at times I struggle with the (maybe self-imposed) pressure of feeling as if I must create and adopt some kind of internet "persona" instead of just being myself. Being me always wins in the end, and this makes me feel a lot better about that.

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  6. Holy cow, Crysti! I remember you from way back! I even remember emailing you to ask you for advice on how to move forward with the art and the possibility of a book. You gave me some really sound, principled, and ethical advice that I took to heart, and it all turned out extremely well. It is very good to hear from you again, and I truly hope all is well with you.

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  7. wonders of the internet - as i scroll down to your response, i google "we live as we dream... alone gang of four" and here in paris at 11pm i discover the original inspiration for your piece - it is magical and scary
    (this reminds me of discovering joy division, which the meanderings of my life had kept me from way back when) what an adventure!

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