Guardian ~ Sego Pictographs in the Barrier Canyon Style

The Sego Canyon rock paintings are new, perhaps painted only seven hundred years ago.

I’ve photographed them several times in morning and evening light.   This image is my favorite:

Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert
Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert

Under a clear Utah sky the noontime sun is so strong it washes out all the color ~  sometimes you can’t see anything in the stone at all.

Other times I get enough of the right light and shadow to pull out shape and color.  Red, yellow ochre and black.

These Sego Canyon  figures seem familiar.

 

 

 

 

Their style and shape recall the 5,500 year old Barrier Canyon paintings — just a hundred miles distant.  We don’t know who were the ancient Barrier Canyon peoples who created them.  Each new discoverer saw something different and profound in the oldest images.

Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert

 

 

Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert

 

Open Studio in Marin ~ Wood #Sculptures ~ photographic prints

Fugitive faces from my Head Case are on the loose in my sculpture studio in Kentfield (Marin County California) — carved and colored wooden masks such as:

Fugitive Mask on Mask
Fugitive Mask on Mask ~ wood with pastels and acrylic

 

Fugitive from Nara
Fugitive from Nara – wood with pastels and acrylic

Those above, and a carving of fugitives in the landscape,

fugitives in the landscape ~ wood, pastel, acrylic, flame
fugitives in the landscape ~ wood, pastel, acrylic, flame

are on show in my open studio, the first two weekends in May (3-4 & 10-11).

My Open Studio is also showing installed garden sculptures (one is stone) and (indoor) wall-mounted combines.

Sculpture Studio is at 46 Berens Drive, Kentfield 94904, and is open from 11 a.m. on the first two weekends in May.

If you need a guide to the Marin Open Studios tour, download it here: MOS Tour Guide

Skull on the Floor

Stone sculpture of an old skull with a little man inside is an unlikely find in Marin, but here it is:

40 pound alabaster sculpture by peter
little man is inside
click on photo to enlarge view

40 pounds of alabaster, skull sized ~ take care not to kick it in the dark, it will hurt your foot.

Daytime, you can see that it’s colored with wood stain.

“Genshoku Nihon no Bijutsu” 30 Big Volumes of Japanese Art & Antquities — Exquisite Color Printing

I collected the 30 volumes of Genshoku Nihon no Bjijtsu — 29 of them when I was a poor student in Tokyo from 1966.

Japanese art and antiquities photographed for Meiji Centenary
Japanese art and antiquities photographed for Meiji Centenary

These 11″ by 14″  pages of large color photographs of Japanese cultural treasures (over a hundred in each volume) were stunning when they were first published and have held their full color integrity throughout.

To read the reading, you will need to do so in Japanese.

Over the intervening years I have looked at the pictures often and studied many.  Right now I am “into,” as we have learned to say, early Nara Period wood sculpture (about 7th Century AD).  It’s time to find them a new keeper.

Maybe you.

The books need nearly four linear feet of shelving and justify a custom built book case.  I had one built into my house, so that book case stays with me in California.

Last year I tracked down the last volume (actually, number 26) .  I have posted the complete 30-volume collection for sale as a single “lot” on e-Bay, including description and statement of condition.  If interested, you may see it here.

If the selling process drags on long enough, i will post representative detail of contents on this blog.