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two MIAD sketchbooks
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drawings from two of the five sketchbooks featured in the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design exhibit. The first set is from 1980. The second from '86. I've generally kept this sketchbook work to myself over the years. By the few who had seen them, I was asked over the years if I would make drawings for illustration assignments for various publications. Once I was asked if I'd be willing to draw for a magazine under an assumed name. I've always turned down the offer. My commitiment in print was to collage. I'm not sure why I've maintained such a purity of purpose all these years. I was born to sing the gospel but I don't believe singing an occasional blues will codemn me to the fires of hell.  Even Mahalia Jackson was known to sing a show tune now and again. I guess I've always thought of my sketchbook drawings as a kind of warming up, a way to keep loose for my collages. I keep sketchbooks to this day and in future posts I'll share drawings from some of the more recent ones.
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 The influence of collage in my thinking is prevalent in the these drawings from 1986.  The playing with scale, line and shapes  often echo what I was doing with a pair of scissors.
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 Again, a special thank you to Patrick JB Flynn for conceiving of and organizing this exhibit as well as for documenting the work shown here.


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