As soon as the idea of a book about “Paducah art” jelled there were a number of decisions to be made: the size and shape of the book, the scope and nature of the content, the organization and presentation of the art, and the nature of the artwork.
As of now, the book will be 8 ½ by 11 with a hard cover, and contain about 75 pages of full color art..
The artwork will be presented in broad categories, by location, function, style, and age.
The most difficult question was what medium would I use, and in the end I decided that I would let the subject dictate the medium, and abandoned all notions of trying to create a consistency in style and medium. Some of the work will be elaborate and some will be quick and sketchy, which really mirrors the city itself.
Of course at this stage, any or all of the above could change, and probably will.
Here are examples of the different approaches to creating the artwork.
|Two Eateries...clay drawing...intermediate|
|The Leaping Trout...markers, ink...sketch|
Basically I expect the work will be "all over the place", reflecting the city itself, as will as my own work habits. I'm currently in the early stages of the project, still collecting material and creating the work. If anyone has a particular favorite place, or an old photograph that I might find interesting, please feel free to let me know.