Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 485

Title: ...while lit up by the preternatural light, Queequeg's tattooing burned like Satanic blue flames on his body.

7.75 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
December 9, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 484

Title: "Look aloft!" cried Starbuck. "The St. Elmo's Lights (corpus sancti) corpusants! the corpusants!"

All the yard-arms were tipped with a pallid fire; and touched at each tri-pointed lightning-rod-end with three tapering white flames, each of the three tall masts was silently burning in that sulphurous air, like three gigantic wax tapers before an altar.

11 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint and ballpoint pen on found paper
December 8, 2010


Monday, January 30, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 483

Title: "But I am not a brave man; never said I was a brave man; I am a coward..."

7 x 8.5 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil, ink and pencil on found paper
December 8, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 482

Title: So, too, it is, that in these resplendent Japanese seas the mariner encounters the direst of all storms, the Typhoon. It will sometimes burst from out that cloudless sky, like an exploding bomb upon a dazed and sleepy town.

7.75 x 8.25 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
December 8, 2010


Sunday, January 29, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 481

Title: ...these passed over the mute, motionless Parsee's face. Unobserved he rose and glided away...

10.75 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
December 7, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 480

Title: The sky looks lacquered; clouds there are none; the horizon floats; and this nakedness of unrelieved radiance is as the insufferable splendors of God's throne.

7.75 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
December 6, 2010


Saturday, January 28, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 479

Title: "Take another pledge, old man," said the Parsee, as his eyes lighted up like fire-flies in the gloom...

8.5 x 7 inches
acrylic paint and ink on Bristol board
December 5, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 478

Title: The waif-pole was thrust upright into the dead whale's spout-hole; and the lantern hanging from its top, cast a troubled flickering glare upon the black, glossy back, and far out upon the midnight waves, which gently chafed the whale's broad flank, like soft surf upon a beach.

7.75 x 10.75 inches
ink on found paper
December 5, 2010


Friday, January 27, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 477

Title: For that strange spectacle observable in all sperm whales dying - the turning sunwards of the head, and so expiring - that strange spectacle, beheld of such a placid evening, somehow to Ahab conveyed a wondrousness unknown before.

9 x 7.25 inches
acrylic paint, ink and marker on found paper
December 4, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 476

Title: It was far down the afternoon; and when all the spearings of the crimson fight were done: and floating in the lovely sunset sea and sky, sun and whale both stilly died together...

7.25 x 10.25 inches
ink and marker on found paper
December 4, 2010


Thursday, January 26, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 475

Title: On the quarter-deck, the mates and harpooneers were dancing with the olive-hued girls who had eloped with them from the Polynesian Isles...

11 x 8.25 inches
charcoal and ink on wallpaper sample
December 4, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 474

Title: It was a Nantucket ship, the Bachelor, which had just wedged in her last cask of oil, and bolted down her bursting hatches; and now, in glad holiday apparel, was joyously, though somewhat vain-gloriously, sailing round among the widely-separated ships on the ground, previous to pointing her prow for home. The three men at her mast-head wore long streamers of narrow red bunting at their hats; from the stern, a whale-boat was suspended, bottom down; and hanging captive from the bowsprit was seen the long lower jaw of the last whale they had slain. Signals, ensigns, and jacks of all colors were flying from her rigging, on every side.

7.75 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint, ballpoint pen, ink and marker on found paper
December 2, 2010


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 473

Title: Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them: the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.

9 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
December 2, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 472

Title: At such times, under an abated sun; afloat all day upon smooth, slow heaving swells; seated in his boat, light as a birch canoe; and so sociably mixing with the soft waves themselves, that like hearth-stone cats they purr against the gunwale; these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.

10.25 x 7.25 inches
ink and marker on found paper
December 1, 2010


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 471

Title: "Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!" deliriously howled Ahab, as the malignant iron scorchingly devoured the baptismal blood.

10.75 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 30, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 470

Title: At last the shank, in one complete rod, received its final heat; and as Perth, to temper it, plunged it all hissing into the cask of water near by, the scalding steam shot up into Ahab's bent face.

9.75 x 6.25 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 30, 2010


Monday, January 23, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 469

Title: "...look ye here - here - can ye smoothe out a seam like this, blacksmith", sweeping one hand across his ribbed brows; "if thou could'st, blacksmith, glad enough would I lay my head upon thy anvil, and feel thy heaviest hammer between my eyes. Answer! Can'st thou smoothe this seam?"

9 x 6.25 inches
ink on found paper
November 29, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 468

Title: Hearkening to these voices, East and West, by early sun-rise, and by fall of eve, the blacksmith's soul responded, Aye, I come! And so Perth went a-whaling.

8.5 x 7 inches
acrylic paint, charcoal and ink on found paper
November 28, 2010


Sunday, January 22, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 467

Title: It was the Bottle Conjuror! Upon the opening of that fatal cork, forth flew the fiend, and shrivelled up his home.

8.5 x 7 inches
ink on Bristol board
November 28, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 466

Title: Availing himself of the mild, summer-cool weather that now reigned in these latitudes, and in preparation for the peculiarly active pursuits shortly to be anticipated, Perth, the begrimed, blistered old blacksmith, had not removed his portable forge to the hold again, after concluding his contributory work for Ahab's leg, but still retained it on deck, fast lashed to ringbolts by the foremast...

11 x 8.25 inches
acrylic paint, charcoal, colored pencil and ink on found paper
November 27, 2010


Saturday, January 21, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 465

Title: His firm lips met like the lips of a vice; the Delta of his forehead's veins swelled like overladen brooks; in his very sleep, his ringing cry ran through the vaulted hull, Stern all! the White Whale spouts thick blood!

10.25 x 7.25 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 27, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 464

Title: So, in good time my Queequeg gained strength; and at length after sitting on the windlass for a few indolent days (but eating with a vigorous appetite) he suddenly leaped to his feet, threw out arms and legs, gave himself a good stretching, yawned a little bit, and then springing into the head of his hoisted boat, and poising a harpoon, pronounced himself fit for a fight.

10.75 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink on found paper
November 26, 2010


Friday, January 20, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 463

Title: "...but base little Pip, he died a coward; died all a'shiver; — out upon Pip! Hark ye; if ye find Pip, tell all the Antilles he's a runaway; a coward, a coward, a coward! Tell them he jumped from a whale-boat! I'd never beat my tambourine over base Pip, and hail him General, if he were once more dying here. No, no! shame upon all cowards — shame upon them! Let 'em go drown like Pip, that jumped from a whale-boat. Shame! shame!"

9 x 6 inches
ink on watercolor paper
November 26, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 462

Title: ...there lay Queequeg in his coffin with little but his composed countenance in view. Rarmai (it will do; it is easy), he murmured at last...

11 x 8 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 25, 2010


Thursday, January 19, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 461

Title: ...for not only do they believe that the stars are isles, but that far beyond all visible horizons, their own mild, uncontinented seas, interflow with the blue heavens; and so form the white breakers of the Milky Way.

9.5 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 25, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 460

Title: But as all else in him thinned, and his cheek-bones grew sharper, his eyes, nevertheless, seemed growing fuller and fuller; they became of a strange softness of lustre; and mildly but deeply looked out at you there from his sickness, a wondrous testimony to that immortal health in him which could not die, or be weakened. And like circles on the water, which, as they grow fainter, expand; so his eyes seemed rounding and rounding, like the rings of Eternity.

7.75 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 23, 2010


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 459

Title: Now, at this time it was that my poor pagan companion, and fast bosom-friend, Queequeg, was seized with a fever, which brought him nigh to his endless end.

10.75 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink on found paper
November 22, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 458

Title: Ahab seized a loaded musket from the rack (forming part of most South-Sea-men's cabin furniture), and pointing it towards Starbuck, exclaimed: "There is one God that is Lord over the earth, and one Captain that is lord over the Pequod. — On deck!"

7.75 x 10.75 inches
ink on found paper
November 21, 2010


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 457

Title: "What we come twenty thousand miles to get is worth saving, Sir." 

"So it is, so it is; if we get it."

10.75 x 15.5 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 21, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 456

Title: ...and let's finish it before the resurrection fellow comes a-calling with his horn for all legs, true or false...

8.5 x 7 inches
ink on Bristol board
November 20, 2010


Monday, January 16, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 455

Title: Well, well, well! Stubb knows him best of all, and Stubb always says he's queer; says nothing but that one sufficient little word queer; he's queer, says Stubb; he's queer — queer, queer; and keeps dinning it into Mr. Starbuck all the time — queer, Sir—queer, queer, very queer.

9.5 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 20, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 454

Title: Hold; while Prometheus is about it, I'll order a complete man after a desirable pattern. Imprimis, fifty feet high in his socks; then, chest modelled after the Thames Tunnel; then, legs with roots to 'em, to stay in one place; then, arms three feet through the wrist; no heart at all, brass forehead, and about a quarter of an acre of fine brains; and let me see—shall I order eyes to see outwards? No, but put a sky-light on top of his head to illuminate inwards. There, take the order, and away.

7.75 x 5.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
November 19, 2010


Sunday, January 15, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 453

Title: ...for what's made in fire must properly belong to fire...

10.75 x 15.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 18, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 452

Title: NYet, as previously hinted, this omnitooled, open-and-shut carpenter, was, after all, no mere machine of an automaton. If he did not have a common soul in him, he had a subtle something that somehow anomalously did its duty.

11 x 8.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 16, 2010


Saturday, January 14, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 451

Title: For nothing was this man more remarkable, than for a certain impersonal stolidity as it were; impersonal, I say; for it so shaded off into the surrounding infinite of things, that it seemed one with the general stolidity discernible in the whole visible world...

11 x 8.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 16, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 450

Title: But most humble though he was, and far from furnishing an example of the high, humane abstraction; the Pequod's carpenter was no duplicate; hence, he now comes in person on this stage.

11 x 8.5 inches
acrylic paint, ink, marker and pencil on found paper
November 15, 2010


Friday, January 13, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 449

Title: ...take high abstracted man alone; and he seems a wonder, a grandeur, and a woe.

10.75 x 7.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
November 14, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 448

Title: With many other particulars concerning Ahab, always had it remained a mystery to some, why it was, that for a certain period, both before and after the sailing of the Pequod, he had hidden himself away with such Grand-Lama-like exclusiveness; and, for that one interval, sought speechless refuge, as it were, among the marble senate of the dead.

9 x 6 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 14, 2010


Thursday, January 12, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 447

Title: ...and if ever the world is to be again flooded, like the Netherlands, to kill off its rats, then the eternal whale will still survive, and rearing upon the topmost crest of the equatorial flood, spout his frothed defiance to the skies.

15.5 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint, ink and pencil on found paper
November 13, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 446

Title: ...so, hunted from the savannas and glades of the middle seas, the whale-bone whales can at last resort to their Polar citadels, and diving under the ultimate glassy barriers and walls there, come up among icy fields and floes; and in a charmed circle of everlasting December, bid defiance to all pursuit from man.

8.5 x 7 inches
ink and marker on Bristol board
November 13, 2010


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 445

Title: Forty men in one ship hunting the Sperm Whale for forty-eight months...

7.75 x 11 inches
acrylic paint and charcoal on found paper
November 11, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 444

Title: But will any whaleman believe these stories? No. The whale of to-day is as big as his ancestors in Pliny's time. And if ever I go where Pliny is, I, a whaleman (more than he was), will make bold to tell him so.

10.75 x 7.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
November 11, 2010


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 443

Title: For Pliny tells us of whales that embraced acres of living bulk, and Aldrovandus of others which measured eight hundred feet in length...

10.75 x 15.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 10, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 442

Title: I am horror-struck at this antemosaic, unsourced existence of the unspeakable terrors of the whale, which, having been before all time, must needs exist after all humane ages are over.

6.25 x 10 inches
ink on found paper
November 9, 2010


Monday, January 9, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 441

Title: But by far the most wonderful of all cetacean relics was the almost complete vast skeleton of an extinct monster, found in the year 1842, on the plantation of Judge Creagh, in Alabama. The awe-stricken credulous slaves in the vicinity took it for the bones of one of the fallen angels.

8 x 8.25 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 8, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 440

Title: To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.

10 x 6.25 inches
ink and marker on found paper
November 7, 2010


Sunday, January 8, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 439

Title: ...only think of the gigantic involutions of his intestines, where they lie in him like great cables and hausers coiled away in the subterranean orlop-deck of a line-of-battle-ship.

11 x 7.75 inches
ink on found paper
November 7, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 438

Title: Only in the heart of quickest perils; only when within the eddyings of his angry flukes; only on the profound unbounded sea, can the fully invested whale be truly and livingly found out.

8.5 x 7 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink on found paper
November 6, 2010


Saturday, January 7, 2017

MOBY-DICK, page 437

Title: ...according to my careful calculation, I say, a Sperm Whale of the largest magnitude, between eighty-five and ninety feet in length, and something less than forty feet in its fullest circumference, such a whale will weigh at least ninety tons; so that reckoning thirteen men to a ton, he would considerably outweigh the combined population of a whole village of one thousand one hundred inhabitants.

7 x 8.5 inches
ink on found paper
November 6, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 436

Title: The skeleton dimensions I shall now proceed to set down are copied verbatim from my right arm, where I had them tattooed; as in my wild wanderings at that period, there was no other secure way of preserving such valuable statistics.

5.5 x 8.5 inches
ballpoint pen on paper
November 5, 2010