T. S. Eliot said, “to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” 2019 felt like the end of a season and, 2021 a new vantage point by which to evaluate, fuse into orbit fragmented pieces of changing season, history, experience and memory. These works deal in various forms with “the end,” but also with the space between the end and the beginning. They are in part a product of the Adrian Johnston’s quarantine labors to integrate past-present-future—painting is a means to live forward today in light of what is past.
In Poland we were hosted by the Elim Christian Center, a restored palace, about 1500 years old, on beautiful grounds in the hills of Lwowek Slasik. We were given a book called “Dying Buildings, Living Stones” about the God’s work in Poland, and the ministry which takes place in this ancient building.
Next to the castle is an abandoned and crumbling three story building that was used by Nazi’s during WW2 as a mental hospital for the soon-to-be-insane. It now has trees and plant life growing throughout each floor. As the sun came through the mist one morning and shot throughout the architecture, it turned all the bricks blood red and brilliant orange.
In 2012, I did a show of paintings called “Living Stones” including many references to architectural forms both growing and falling apart, or else in the process of construction. Being in Poland, and traversing those rotting floors and unweildy walls was like living in a fuller reality than I could have imagined–to walk in person through a crumbling mansion which was originally only images in my head.
See the paintings and drawings connected to this visit at http://adrianjohnston.kmov.org/adrian-johnston-artist-illustrator/living-stones/
Artwork and typography of the Hebrew letter Daleth, and connected to the Project119 visual meditations on Psalm 119. A devotional response to the 8 verses which correspond with the letter Daleth:
Ps. 119:25 I lie prostrate in the dust; revive me, in keeping with your word.
[This psalm reminds us that all the complications of our flesh and blood, and all the elements within us, are originally dust. Fearfully and wonderfully made…but just dust.
This psalm remind us that there is a season for being reminded that we are dust, and that the dust will receive us when we get there.
This psalm reminds us that day follows night, and life follows death, as the Scripture that tells us that by faith all that is was created and has its being and is created out of nothing by God’s Word.
This psalm reminds us of the nature of the Word: it revives.]
A classical approach to digital illustration, and old master techniques can really enhance the approach to rendering form and light in digital illustration applications like Photoshop and Procreate. Here is a multi-step process shown by the captures at each stage.