Saturday, March 31, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 43

Title: "Spain — a great whale stranded on the shores of Europe." EDMUND BURKE. (SOMEWHERE.)

9.875 x 7 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 23, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 42

Title: "And pray, sir, what in the world is equal to it?" EDMUND BURKE'S REFERENCE IN PARLIAMENT TO THE NANTUCKET WHALE-FISHERY.

8 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 22, 2015


Friday, March 30, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 41

Title: "The Spermacetti Whale found by the Nantuckois, is an active, fierce animal, and requires vast address and boldness in the fishermen." THOMAS JEFFERSON'S WHALE MEMORIAL TO THE FRENCH MINISTER IN 1778.

11.75 x 9 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 22, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 40

Title: "The larger whales, they seldom venture to attack. They stand in so great dread of some of them, that when out at sea they are afraid to mention even their names, and carry dung, limestone, juniper-wood, and some other articles of the same nature in their boats, in order to terrify and prevent their too near approach." UNO VON TROIL'S LETTERS ON BANKS'S AND SOLANDERS VOYAGE TO ICELAND IN 1772.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 22, 2015


Thursday, March 29, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 39

Title: "In the afternoon we saw what was supposed to be a rock, but it was found to be a dead whale, which some Asiatics had killed, and were then towing ashore. They seemed to endeavor to conceal themselves behind the whale, in order to avoid being seen by us." COOK'S VOYAGES.

8.5 x 11.625 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 18, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 38

Title: "If you should write a fable for little fishes, you would make them speak like great whales." GOLDSMITH TO JOHNSON.

10 x 6.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 12, 2015


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 37

Title: "If we compare land animals in respect to magnitude, with those that take up their abode in the deep, we shall find they will appear contemptible in the comparison. The whale is doubtless the largest animal in creation." GOLDSMITH, NAT. HIS.

15.75 x 11 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 11, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 36

Title: "To fifty chosen sylphs of special note, 
We trust the important charge, the petticoat. 
Oft have we known that seven-fold fence to fail, 
Tho' stuffed with hoops and armed with ribs of whale." 
RAPE OF THE LOCK.

11 x 8.125 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
November 8, 2015


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 35

Title: "and the breath of the whale is frequently attended with such an insupportable smell, as to bring on a disorder of the brain." ULLOA'S SOUTH AMERICA.

10.125 x 6.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 8, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 34

Title: "We saw also abundance of large whales, there being more in those southern seas, as I may say, by a hundred to one; than we have to the northward of us." CAPTAIN COWLEY'S VOYAGE ROUND THE GLOBE. A.D. 1729.

11 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 21, 2015




Monday, March 26, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 33

Title: "Whales in the sea God's voice obey." N.E. PRIMER.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 20, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 32

Title: "Myself have agreed to try whether I can master and kill this Sperma-ceti whale, for I could never hear of any of that sort that was killed by any man, such is his fierceness and swiftness." RICHARD STRAFFORD'S LETTER FROM THE BERMUDAS. PHIL. TRANS. A.D. 1668.

10 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
October 18, 2015


Sunday, March 25, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 31

Title: "Several whales have come in upon this coast (Fife). Anno 1652, one eighty feet in length of the whale-bone kind came in, which, (as I was informed) besides a vast quantity of oil, did afford 500 weight of baleen. The jaws of it stand for a gate in the garden of Pitferren." SIBBALD'S FIFE AND KINROSS.

11 x 8.25 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 18, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 30

Title: "We set sail from the Elbe, wind N. E. in the ship called The Jonas-in-the-Whale. * * *
Some say the whale can't open his mouth, but that is a fable. * * *
They frequently climb up the masts to see whether they can see a whale, for the first discoverer has a ducat for his pains. * * *
I was told of a whale taken near Shetland, that had above a barrel of herrings in his belly. * * *
One of our harpooneers told me that he caught once a whale in Spitzbergen that was white all over." 
A VOYAGE TO GREENLAND, A.D. 1671 HARRIS COLL.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
October 17, 2015


Saturday, March 24, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 29

Title: "Here they saw such huge troops of whales, that they were forced to proceed with a great deal of caution for fear they should run their ship upon them." SCHOUTEN'S SIXTH CIRCUMNAVIGATION.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 16, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 28

Title: "In their way they saw many whales sporting in the ocean, and in wantonness fuzzing up the water through their pipes and vents, which nature has placed on their shoulders." SIR T. HERBERT'S VOYAGES INTO ASIA AND AFRICA. HARRIS COLL.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 14, 2015


Friday, March 23, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 27

Title: "While the whale is floating at the stern of the ship, they cut off his head, and tow it with a boat as near the shore as it will come; but it will be aground in twelve or thirteen feet water." THOMAS EDGE'S TEN VOYAGES TO SPITZBERGEN, IN PURCHASS.

10.75 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint and marker on found paper
October 14, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 26

Title: "So close behind some promontory lie The huge Leviathan to attend their prey, And give no chace, but swallow in the fry, Which through their gaping jaws mistake the way." DRYDEN'S ANNUS MIRABILIS.

11.875 x 8.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 13, 2015


Thursday, March 22, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 25

Title: "The mighty whales which swim in a sea of water, and have a sea of oil swimming in them." FULLER'S PROFANE AND HOLY STATE.

11.5 x 8.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
October 12, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 24

Title: "There Leviathan, 
Hugest of living creatures, in the deep 
Stretched like a promontory sleeps or swims, 
And seems a moving land; and at his gills 
Draws in, and at his breath spouts out a sea." 
IBID.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 11, 2015


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 23

Title: "That sea beast 
Leviathan, which God of all his works 
Created hugest that swim the ocean stream." 
PARADISE LOST.

10.875 x 21 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
October 9, 2015



CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 22

Title: "Silly Mansoul swallowed it without chewing, as if it had been a sprat in the mouth of a whale." PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.

7.875 x 11 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 8, 2015


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 21

Title: "By art is created that great Leviathan, called a Commonwealth or State- (in Latin, Civitas) which is but an artificial man." OPENING SENTENCE OF HOBBES'S LEVIATHAN.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 6, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 20

Title: "Like Spencer's Talus with his modern flail 
He threatens ruin with his ponderous tail. 
* * * * * 
Their fixed jav'lins in his side he wears, 
And on his back a grove of pikes appears."
WALLER'S BATTLE OF THE SUMMER ISLANDS

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 5, 2015


Monday, March 19, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 19

Title: "What spermacetti is, men might justly doubt, since the learned Hosmannus in his work of thirty years, saith plainly, Nescio quid sit." SIR T. BROWNE. OF SPERMA CETI AND THE SPERMA CETI WHALE. VIDE HIS V.E.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 4, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 18

Title: "Immense as whales, the motion of whose vast bodies can in a peaceful calm trouble the ocean till it boil." SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT. PREFACE TO GONDIBERT.

11 x 7.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
October 1, 2015


Sunday, March 18, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 17

Title: "Which to secure, no skill of leach's art 
Mote him availle, but to returne againe 
To his wound's worker, that with lowly dart, 
Dinting his breast, had bred his restless paine, 
Like as the wounded whale to shore flies thro' the maine." 
THE FAERIE QUEENE

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
September 20, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 16

Title: "Very like a whale." HAMLET.

17 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
September 16, 2015


Saturday, March 17, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 15

Title: "The sovereignest thing on earth is parmacetti for an inward bruise." KING HENRY.

15.75 x 11 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
September 15, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 14

Title: "Touching that monstrous bulk of the whale or ork we have received nothing certain. They grow exceeding fat, insomuch that an incredible quantity of oil will be extracted out of one whale." IBID "HISTORY OF LIFE AND DEATH"

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
August 19, 2015


Friday, March 16, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 13

Title: "The great Leviathan that maketh the seas to seethe like boiling pan." LORD BACON'S VERSION OF THE PSALMS.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
August 14, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 12

Title: "This whale's liver was two cartloads." STOWE'S ANNALS.

7.875 x 11 inches
acrylic paint and pencil on found paper
August 13, 2015


Thursday, March 15, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 11

Title: "Let us fly, let us fly! Old Nick take me if it is not Leviathan described by the noble prophet Moses in the life of patient Job." RABELAIS

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
August 11, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 10

Title: "And whereas all the other things, whether beast or vessel, that enter into the dreadful gulf of this monster's (whale's) mouth, are immediately lost and swallowed up, the sea-gudgeon retires into it in great security, and there sleeps." MONTAIGNE. -APOLOGY FOR RAIMOND SEBOND.

11 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint, gouache and ink on found paper
August 5, 2015


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 09

Title: "He visited this country also with a view of catching horse-whales, which had bones of very great value for their teeth, of which he brought some to the king. * * * The best whales were catched in his own country, of which were some were forty-eight, some fifty yards long. He said that he was one of six who had killed sixty in two days." OTHER OR OCTHER'S VERBAL NARRATIVE TAKEN DOWN FROM HIS MOUTH BY KING ALFRED, A.D. 890

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
August 3, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 08

Title: "Scarcely had we proceeded two days on the sea, when about sunrise a great many Whales and other monsters of the sea, appeared. Among the former, one was of a most monstrous size. * * This came towards us, open-mouthed, raising the waves on all size, and beating the sea before him into a foam." TOOKE'S LUCIAN. "THE TRUE HISTORY."

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint, ballpoint pen and ink on found paper
July 31, 2015


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 07

Title: "The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are: among which the Whales and Whirlpooles called Balaene, take up as much in length as four acres or arpens of land." HOLLAND'S PLINY

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint, ink and tempera paint on found paper
July 21, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 06

Title: "And what thing soever besides cometh within the chaos of this monster's mouth, be it beast, boat, or stone, down it goes all incontinently that foul great swallow of his, and perisheth in the bottomless gulf of his paunch." HOLLAND'S PLUTARCH'S MORALS.

11 x 8 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
June 18, 2015


Monday, March 12, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 05

Title: "In that day, the Lord with his sore, and great, and strong sword, shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." ISAIAH.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
June 16, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 04

Title: "There go the ships; there is that Leviathan whom thou hast made to play therein." PSALMS.

10.875 x 23 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
June 15, 2015


Sunday, March 11, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 03

Title: "Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah." JONAH.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
June 11, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 02

Title: "Leviathan maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep to be hoary." JOB.

11 x 8.375 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
June 9, 2015


Saturday, March 10, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 01

Title: "And God created great whales." GENESIS

7.5 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
June 8, 2015


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 00

Title: "Extracts"

10.75 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
June 21, 2015


Friday, March 9, 2018

SKETCHBOOKS: Moleskine 004

Pages 108 and 109.
December 29, 2016.


SKETCHBOOKS: Moleskine 004

Pages 106 and 107.
December 29, 2016.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

SKETCHBOOKS: Moleskine 004

Pages 104 and 105.
December 28, 2016.


SKETCHBOOKS: Moleskine 004

Pages 102 and 103.
December 25, 2016.