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Provision

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I have been printing an edition of Flying Fish, a copper-plate engraving about the miracle of provision experienced by Thor Heyerdahl and his crew in the Pacific Ocean on their balsa log raft, the Kon Tiki.  This print is for sale at the Baumwerk Etsy store.

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…a Walking Man drawing for my friend Steven.

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Small History of Flying Fish

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If we set the little paraffin lamp out at night, flying fish were attracted by the light and large and small, shot over the raft…flying fish7

It sometimes happened that we heard an outburst of strong language from a man on deck when a cold flying fish came unexpectedly, at a good speed, slap into his face…

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…They always came at a good pace and snout first, and if they caught one full in the face they made it burn and tingle… flying fish8

But the unprovoked attack was quickly forgiven by the injured party, for with all its drawbacks, we were in a maritime land of enchantment where delicious fish dishes came hurling through the air…flying fish1

We used to fry them for breakfast, and wether it was the fish, the cook or our appetites, they reminded us of fried troutlings once we had scraped the scales off…  Thor Heyerdahl, Kon Tiki, 1950

Flying FishThere is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.  But what are they among so many people?…flying fish4Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all… DSC_0064Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted… flying fish2When they were satisfied, he told, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”

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In the dark and unlit ceiling of the Loretta Chapel there is a lonely painting of a chunky fish atop a heavy slab of bread.   At the moment Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa log raft was colliding with a dusty man breaking bread in the grass of Palestine.  The long pilgrim road leading through elder drifts, slabs of rock, mountains of hailstones, unearthly fish with a mouth like a grave.  The sign of Jonah.  Provision comes unlooked for, and fear is weathered away.

 

Copper and Oil

The printing of the 1st and 2nd state proofs of The Flying Fish of Provision copperplate engraving.Copper and oil14Copper and oil08Copper and oil01 Copper and oil10 Copper and oil02 Copper and oil12 Copper and oil03 Copper and oil04 Copper and oil05 Copper and oil06 Copper and oil07 Copper and oil09 Copper and oil16 Copper and oil18 Copper and oil17 Copper and oil15 Copper and oil13

Thanks to my son for his help photographing when my hands were inky.

Beasts of the Waters

…So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded… NKJVBeasts of the Water1 Beasts of the Water2 Beasts of the Water3Beasts of the Water4Beasts of the Water5

Cu

The Deeping Cold outside says to me, “Jack, it is a good time be indoors cutting copper into the flying fish of provision.”

“Indeed!” says I,  “but let us not forget those who toil without such comfort.”

“Verily!” says the Deeping Cold.

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edge dust

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the transition

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gouache

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upon which to draw

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cultivators

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scribe

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awe

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hard meets soft

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line upon line

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slowly slowly

Inscribed Cypress Vessel

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Unfinished cypress bowl on a cedar foot, inscribed with pyrography:  a flying fished, sacred numbers, doors and windows.  I like how the line work is similar to engraving.

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Walking Man and the Miracle of the Flying Fish

Walking Man and the Miracle of the Flying Fish