Sunday, January 16, 2011

MOBY-DICK, Page 525

Title: But soon the fore part of him slowly rose from the water; for an instant his whole marbleized body formed a high arch, like Virginia's Natural Bridge, and warningly waving his bannered flukes in the air, the grand god revealed himself, sounded, and went out of sight.

10.75 inches by 15.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
January 2, 2011


  1. This is generally the case with all of these illustrations, but with this one in particular I am really unhappy with how it looks online. There is a lot of deatail and subtlety to the piece that just doesn't show up well on a computer screen. I hope perhaps one day I'll be able to show it in a gallery so people can really see what it looks like.

  2. matt, i hope - and trust - that will happen. and the image looks lovely, native/primitive in shapes, and in colors delicate and - feminine? reminiscent of more peaceful oceans?
    i love it. (looks like every time i look now half a dozen more drawings have appeared, like i am or your project is suddenly in a time warp...)

  3. Lizzie, it looks as if there might be some kind of gallery show here in Columbus, Ohio timed to coincide with the release of the book. I don't think there is a gallery large enough and willing enough to hang all 552 pieces so this will only be a partial show if it does happen. Still, the possibility is very exciting.

    I like your comments about this image being delicate and almost feminine. I am fascinated by all the ways Melville describes the whale Moby Dick. Sometimes Moby Dick is vast, peaceful, serene, awe-inspiring and beautiful. Sometimes he is brutal, evil and demonic. Sometimes he is no more than a dumb beast. Sometimes he is divine. So many facets, and I have enjoyed exploring them all with these different illustrations.


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