A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 305: Black Paint Sketches

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Ronald Kok, Black Paint Sketch #1, 2017

I never cease to be taken aback by the power of black on white. This week I had some leftover black paint in a palette and decided to make quick sketches with it. I think I still had the concept of “story” in my head because each of these begs for a story to surround it. Part of the enjoyment of art is making that connection point for a viewer and imagining what they may come up with as they take in what you’ve put to paper.

As in so many things, quick and expressive sketches like this rely on the amazing human brain and imagination to fill in gaps and color, etc. Though I leave lots of white, it is not as if what I’ve left has nothing to say. Amazing.

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Ronald Kok, Black Paint Sketch #2, 2017

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Ronald Kok, Black Paint Sketch #3, 2017

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Ronald Kok, Black Paint Sketch #4, 2017

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Ronald Kok, Black Paint Sketch #5, 2017

A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 304: Story Time

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“The shortest distance between two people is a story.” – Patti Digh

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“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” – Isak Dinesen

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  – Maya Angelou

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“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Phillip Pullman

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“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” – Ben Okri

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“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling

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“When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story.” – John Berger

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“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.” – Kate DiCamillo 

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“A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.” – Diane Setterfield

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“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.” – Terry Pratchett

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“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

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“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” – Madeleine L’Engle

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“We’re all stories, in the end.” – Steven Moffat

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A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 27: The Return of Fun and Imagination

 

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Tree House

I work at a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Back before I was given the opportunity to lead an art studio at the program, I was mostly helping to lead the recreational component of what we do. We would take the individuals out bowling, swimming, visiting museums, doing volunteer work, and many other things. But we also spent time back at the program doing simple crafts and coloring pages. It was at that time that I began to draw again just for fun. Since I had pencil crayons and construction paper available, plus a handy-dandy spirograph set, I let my imagination flow around the motifs of those strange shapes and bright colors. What developed was a series of fantastical drawings, many of which look like illustrations for children’s books, meant to promote a story in the mind of the viewer.

I love stories. One of my favorite things about being a dad was the hours and hours I spent reading stories to my kids. I look at these drawings again and I can’t help but love them. Not because they are the greatest work I’ve ever done, but because they were done in great affection and a feeling of creative freedom. Considering them now, they were a wonderful place to start for someone so long removed from creating art. The fun returned and the imagination was re-engaged.

Here are those drawings for you to see. I hope you have fun with them. And maybe, must maybe, your imagination will be rekindled, too. Let the story unfold…

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Asian Bridge

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Balloon Tree

butterfly-rider

Butterfly Rider

candyland

Candyland

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Castle Path

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Desert Sun

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Dragon Bridge

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Dragon Fire

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Fairies

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Freaky Thingies

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Giant’s Town

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Grumpy Tree

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Mermaid

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Monster Loch

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Moon Confused

mountains

Mountains

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Mushroom Tower

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Psychedaisies

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Rocket Sun

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Sea Monster

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Space

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Tempest

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Whale