Along the course of history’s arc, certain works aught to be penned, printed, painted or preserved. At that same moment, a person may may be found as just the one for said charge. This is all well and good, but what will they eat upon to have the strength to lift the pen or give in return for a place to lay the head? This is when the society reaches for the back pocket, as it were. We are, therefore, pleased to present these, the Commissioned Works of The Ink Society.
No. 1 in the Series Townism
8x10 Pencil on Paper, 2014
A work required to be executed in under five minutes
With regard to the importance and seeming death of localism (as noted here, here, and here) we are thrilled to present the first commissioned work of the Ink Society. This piece has been performed by the artist Melanie Regier on a local subject while working under a strict five minute timeframe. In placing this stipulation upon the artist, the central purpose was preserved in capturing an image in as near photographic time as possible while allowing "the human" whom the camera leaves out: a snapshot of the scene on the mind. The first in the series of The Ink Society Commissions is in honor of the inclusion of sketches by Mr. Belloc in his work of love The Path To Rome.
"Do you see down there—away across the bay—amongst the rocks at the other side, a man sitting sketching?”
"Your sight is good, Connie: I see the man, but I could not tell what he was doing.”
Any and all of the commissioned works may be viewed by appointment in the private Ink Society Library at The Wood Room, Grey Gables.