Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Night In A Future Floating World

Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
It is rare that we venture outside the cocoon anymore. For those of us who do it is simple really. The stories of our youth are just that, stories. In truth I have never been witness to the terrors we were brought up to believe in. Those nightmares, I believe, were told to us not for our safety. No that was just their billing. The truth is I like it out here. There is no one watching. No one minding what it is I do.

I am not sure if anyone knows I venture outside. My path is pretty complicated and took many years to work out. Years of prying and poking about to find the weak spots. What exactly it was so long ago that drove us inside is still a mystery to me. There is nothing in our oral histories about it. I am hoping to find something here, in the real world. However, on a night like this I am more inclined to just sit and be peaceful then search. Inside we are encouraged often to rest, to meditate, to simply be. Nothing though compares to the solitude found outside.

You might be wondering if I am the only one from the inside that has found their way out. No I am not. It's just that inside life is made easy and comfortable, and many do not want to disrupt that. There is something though tugging at a few of us that recently came of age. Something that is not nourished on the inside. When  we speak about these feelings the elders become very nervous and dismiss our ideas as foolish. Those that do feel this way quickly came to realize that pushing further to the elders, or in council, would only be met with resistance. Or worse a label as treasonous. So we found another way. Like I said though there are not that many that want for more answers. Answers we were denied growing up.

Tonight though I am not searching for those answers. Although I feel it deep within that they are here, outside the cocoon. Perhaps what I will find, if anything at all, will simply serve to reinforce the prevailing attitudes on the inside. That is just it though, I can not simply accept those attitudes and ideas and I need to search for more. I just can not accept that all of our history was spent escaping a terror so great it forced us into a quasi prison. For that is truly what the inside is. At this moment however I want to just be. Just be free.

I hope you enjoy,


Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Darkness Is Now Our Friend

Scratch Illustration By Doug Ashby
The darkness of the evening was encompassing.
Almost nothing, not even the night queen could penetrate.
The darkness is now our ally.

For in the darkness we come alive.
Finding our voice.
Finding our solace.
Finding our freedom.

We created this world to suit us.
We created this world to the best of our ability.
We didn't create this world to transform.
We didn't create this night to hide.
This darkness is not why we choose.

For darkness has become a welcome respite.
For darkness is now our friend.

This image was one of the first I ever created using the many moons motif. I have since lost the original sketch, but to the right you can see the original stipple illustration. When I created this image many years
Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
ago I was adding splashes of color to my stipple work. I have since stopped that and now do so in my sketching and paintings. However nothing is truly ever done.

The top picture is a scan of a scratch board illustration I did of the original sketch. Scratch Illustration is a medium I have been delving into lately and I am enjoying quite a bit. I am taking baby steps of course in this new realm, and do expect to see my style to change overtime. For now though I am enjoying employing the cross hatch technique. It seems to be a natural extension from my ball point pen work.

The original scratch illustration is available for purchase. It is done on a professional Ampersand board, which is rated museum quality. The costs is $100.00. Prints of both images are also available. If you have interest in purchasing any of these products do not hesitate to contact me directly at The pixilation you see in the scratch board image is nothing more then the product of creating a jpg from the original scan and is not on the board itself or the tiff file I use to make the prints.

I hope you enjoy the art and creative musings.

Thanks, Doug.