When a butterfly lands on a paperclip, it does not ponder over the practical use of the object. When it comes to stuff like paperclips, the butterfly fails to recognize or comprehend anything meaningful or relevant. How can the instantly recognizable structure and symmetries of a wire paperclip go unnoticed? It is a thing to us. We name it. We give it meaning. But for the butterfly it is no more than part of a glistening dust cloud of flotsam and jetsam. And paperclips will remain an impenetrable abstraction for all butterflies for all time.
I am a butterfly searching for paperclips. We humans think we know everything. But you see, humans are very limited creatures just like butterflies. We are surrounded by paperclips and other stuff. But we have not learned to see it. It is too abstract. But it is out there. When you believe it is there and you reach for it ...you will find it.
When we draw the unknown, we discover the unknown. Over time, that unknown thing becomes recognizable as something. We give it a name. It becomes known. It becomes known to have its use, value, and meaning. I draw these unknown things. They are not really there but they might be. I don't know. I push myself to believe. I draw the unmade bed, so to speak. I am a butterfly hoping to land on a paperclip.
Below is a page turn video that goes through my book. Available at Amazon ($2.99) at this link.
5 out of 5 stars Great Books
By David Robinson on April 30, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Awesome and interesting book by an OREGON author. Also the use of a kayak is a great idea as he has his equipped. Very interesting perspective on the use of black and ultra black.
Chris kayaks among reeds and songbirds at Eagle Lake, California.
It is hard to tell what this used to be. Maybe pilings for a dock? Could a row of trees that size grow so close together? Anyway, some nice ferns and other plants grow out of the top of these short, black stumps rising above the water a couple of feet. It appears to be someone's little garden. I guess it will remain another kayaking mystery at Lake Takenitch. This is a great place to go kayaking just off the US 101 on the Oregon Coast Highway between Reedsport and Florence.
Hi, Chris here. I am a full-time author/artist. Find out more about me at chrisehammond.com
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Hi, Chris here. I'm an artist and my goal is to help folks get out on the trail and make a creative connection with nature.
Hi, Linda here. I was born in Hubei province in central China. I speak Mandarin Chinese. I'm a professional interpreter so naturally my goal with Artist's Kayak is to be a sort of 'cultural bridge' for our international audience.
嗨，琳达在这里。 我出生在湖北省，当然我会说普通话。 我是一名专业口译员，所以我的目标是成为对我们的治疗之旅计划感兴趣的中国人的“文化桥梁”。
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