Done with a ball point pen? Yes, no kidding. Here’s the story. I am walking on 10th and I go by the CATM Chelsea Gallery (500 W 22nd) and see these amazingly weird and wonderful drawings. In I go and right there, I meet the artist, a Japanese guy, Yasuto Sasada. He speaks no English. I speak no Japanese. But, I am effusive and he showed me how he does them: with a ballpoint pen. Could have knocked me over with a feather. Later, I find out that he isn’t the only one using a ballpoint pen. This was a month or so ago. I have been thinking about it ever since. And, in the meantime, I am looking at a couple of Edward Gorey books and thinking how I enjoy his patterns of pen and ink lines and how I have been doing not dissimilar sorts of things for years. Different subject matter but related stuff. So, I got a bunch of Pentels and this is one of the things I did. Like Gorey’s work, it is small, 4 x 6. What is it? A beast of some sort. Happy new year. Onward and upward and hoping that we all stay busy having fun and doing good stuff that patrons love to buy.
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