P R Edwardswww.ArtPal.com/thirdshore
The drawing started when I was five and consisted mainly of panoramas of battling stick men drawn on the sleeves of my parents books. At ten I drew a huge, realistic flea which attracted a lot of attention. Skills with color, however, failed to materialize. As a teen I imitated Trogg and Mary Quant and copied Escher prints. I worked in a mental asylum that had huge Bosch reproductions on the walls. Then in the first year of college I had a sort of breakthrough and started drawing what I called “intuitive analogies.” These were pictures of internal concepts that incorporated a valid paradigm of the larger idea it was describing. Mostly in black ballpoint pen.
I experimented with drawing intuitive analogies of pop songs and seeing if another person could tell which song it was. These creative years were brief. In 78 I moved to Chicago and the muse drifted away. There were several successful drawings of American apartments with living furniture. But it was basically gone…
I met several early computer artists in the eighties, including one who inspired an idea about a 3-D galactic map. Scientists involved with planetary search have developed rudimentary models, but we still lack a completely free arena where direction, scale and velocity are depicted graphically. So I knew a bit about it.
But it wasn’t until 2008 that I realized the drawings could be colorized using computer software. With the help of my mentor, Steve Smith, the famous postage stamp artist, I was able to colorize a few drawings. The results, I think you’ll agree, are terrific. There was only one fly in the ointment. “No one will buy them, they’re too odd,” my wife, Sue said.
Well that may be true. Some people are looking for velveteen images of dogs playing poker. But I hope some people are looking for thought provoking images that give one a little bit of a tingle. Life is a vast, complicated business, with more magic in it we care to admit. There was a DJ at WMNF here in Tampa called Geoff who used to say, “Every day is a new movie.” He was right.