Sketches in Stone

Although these are reasonably called sketches, it is clear that they are not made in stone. The justification for this oxymoronic title is a remark that I recall being attributed to Michelangelo, speaking, I think, of his David. He said that he had only removed the stone that was in the way, revealing the form that was already there in the marble when he started. These sketches (other than the first few which are based on AP and CNN news photographs) were made in similar fashion, although using a very different material. Essentially random patterns generated by effects filters are my "stone." I have just cut away the parts that obscured the forms that I saw already there. These sketches might also be called "cloud pictures," for the process is very like laying back on a hillside, studying the passing clouds to see what images may appear.