Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Myth's

Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
This is an older artwork that I did. In fact it is one of the first stipple illustrations I have done. It also was one of the first that departed form doing comfortable subject matter. Prior to this piece I had been honing my craft on flowers, hence the it's presence in this piece. I still do flowers and a lot of nature art, however with this piece I was striving for something different.

The inspiration for it came from watching a PBS special on Joseph Campbell. If you do not know who he is then I suggest a google search. He is a fascinating subject. He is probably the most significant American philosopher to come along in a long time and might remain that way long after his death. The majority of his work focused on the idea of "the hero" in the great historical writings. He has influenced many contemporary writers, artists and filmmakers. In fact one could argue that without him Star Wars might never have come to be.

In the Interview and PBS special I speak of Mr. Campbell spoke on a topic he was recently thinking about and it is one that stuck with me. It was the idea that new myth's, to deal with our changing world, must be invented. He suggested that it was up to to the writers, musicians and visual artists to do this. Needless to say I heard what he was saying and this is the first artwork to come from that inspirational path.

I actually have not done many works based on this path. Sometimes it is just easier to stick with safer subject matter and draw flowers.....and frogs. But I know that in the end that will not completely satisfy me. In the end I will have to once again delve deeper and attempt to be a part of shaping these new mythologies. Perhaps a few of my fellow creative types would like to have a go at it.

As always. I simply hope you enjoy the art.



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