Two days ago, I began a new drawing in the Iceland series. It is of a black hole between two towering rocks — pillars of lava — perhaps three times as high as a six-foot human being. The rocks are in the long, uplifted major rift whose name is Almannagjá, at Thingvellir.
I really struggled with this one. I remembered what it was like to actually be there, and it was so hard to capture that feeling.
Even at nearly a yard across, the drawing is too small. Anything would be too small except a life-size representation, and that is impossible. I have to struggle along with this, and do my best.
Yesterday I rubbed out all the detail on the two sides. It’s necessary to focus the attention on the blackness, on what is not there rather than what is.
(Please click on the image for a larger view.)
This is how it ended up. I'm hoping to do a relief print of this same subject, too, greatly simplified.
I also took a photo of all the drawings together so far. I think -- I hope -- they're starting to add up to something.