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notes of an american idler

About Donavan: Donavan Hall is writer, soccer coach, physicist, and craftbrewer who lives on Long Island. He was the author of the Long Island Beer Guide before starting a small commercial craft brewery with his friends Mike and Yuri in the summer of 2012 called Rocky Point Artisan Brewers. You can read about Donavan's adventures on his blog, Rough Drafts. If you like what you read here, a few of Donavan's books are available in the store for you to order.

Monday, 19 January 2015. Writing & drawing.

This is the first of my own scribble drawings (inspired by Cy Twombly). I wrote about this on Rough Drafts today.

Monday, 19 January 2015. The Angel of History.

The quotation written on my first drawing is from Paul Klee whose painting “Angelus Novus” inspired Walter Benjamin’s vision of the Angel of History. Above is my response to Klee’s and Benjamin’s angels. You can read more about this on on Rough Drafts.

Monday, 19 January 2015. Crytograph.

In the 1950s, Cy Twombly spent a stint in the Army working as a cryptographer. It was during this time that he made many of his scribble drawings after lights out in the barracks. This drawing, a return to all charcoal black, is an expression of a particular rhythm of the hand’s movement over the page. After a few strokes the rhythm was extablished, then sustained until the block of scribbles seemed complete. You can read more about this on on Rough Drafts.