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I love walking during a snow storm. The snow absorbs all the sounds of the environment and renders the air around me silent. There is only the sound of snow falling on snow, like the sound of blood flowing through my ear drum when there are no other sounds. The landscape is blanketed with new fallen snow and rendered pure with whiteness. Nature has reduced everything to white in a sea of nothingness.

Walking along the city streets before doing this drawing, I'm also seeing a promise of something else. The snow blankets the landscape so the evidence of destruction to the natural world can't be seen. The snowy landscape holds a promise of sorts for me. I see into the future for a brief instant and know that time will fall upon this landscape like snow and remove all the markings of the Western Industrial Culture from the landscape.

Oliver Loveday 051211:11:20am EDT

3.5 x 5 inches | 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Strathmore 50 lb | 74 g/m
January 9, 2010

On April 26, 2016, I began the task of doing a series of watercolor paintings based upon the sketches from the "Tunnel Vision Tapes". The process involved using charcoal to sketch out the lines from the pencil sketch. The goal is to get as close as I can to those original lines within a few minutes. Then I would go over the charcoal with an eraser to smudge and push the charcoal into the watercolor paper. After documenting the charcoal, I would take the painting outdoors and work on it with watercolor paint. The next day I would do a second session with each painting. Using the "dry brush" technique on the previous session would increase the luster, richness of the colors already down, and add more color to areas as needed. While the original sketches are not for sale, these works are available by credit card via PayPal. To see detail photographs of the paintings, click the photograph to go to the watercolor page it is presented on.


"Snow" Oliver Loveday  2016

Charcoal and watercolor
30 x 22 inches | 76 x 56 cm 120 lb/300 gsm cold press
April 28, 2016
$3,500.00 (USD)




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