A good day yesterday. A good, productive day. The lack of bothering to choose music to listen to makes it apparent to me that my brain was occupied. I started with one Bruce Springsteen album, and listened to four more. That’s not choosing music, it’s letting the Bruce Springsteen section of iTunes keep going after the end of one album. A few notes on Bruce Springsteen. When I was fifteen or so, I never really formed it as an actual thought in my head, but I kind of viewed him as a cool, American, uncle who I’d never met. The first album I got was Born in the U.S.A., obviously. I don’t remember ever hearing of him before that. I don’t really think he was that popular in the U.K. before that. The second album of his that I bought was The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. I seem to remember his first two albums were a bit cheaper than the others at the time. It seemed so different to me than Born in the U.S.A. But it became and remains my favourite Springsteen album. All the details made the United States seem both normal and exotic and the same time.
The reason I was occupied was I was working on the Beagle Channel drawing that I mentioned the other day. To save you going back and reading that, I started a drawing in November, 2009, worked on it a little that day, and used the mountains I’d drawn in the banner at the top of Flip Flop Flyin’. The intention was always to do a 360˚ panorama of all the mountains visible either side of a section of the channel near Ushuaia, in Argentina. The northern side of the channel is Argentina, the southern side is Chile. I went there in 2008. My memory of the place, as with most places on the trip I took that year, is that it was simply lovely. And it was. When I look at the place in my head, though, it’s a small, ordinary town in an extraordinary location. But, I think of my time there fondly.
Blog posts about Ushuaia from the time:
I took a boat trip to look at seals and to go to one of the islands in the channel. I took lots of photos, but just tourist photos, I had no plan. A year or so later, though, I thought about the pixelly panorama thing. I had a root through the photos and found that I more or less had photos of every section of coastline that could be seen from the island and/or Ushuaia town. I got excited, and worked on it for a little, and didn’t bother doing any more. In the space I’d allocated for the full panorama (over 3,800 pixels in width), I’d drawn 14.4% of the mountains. And there it sat in a folder for three years. On Tuesday evening, I did some more, bringing the total up to 25.6%. And yesterday, I really rocked it: 72.5% of the mountains are done. Barring any accidents or power cuts, I should finish it today.
I’m still undecided, though, on how to present it. I could play it safe and present it naturally, with daylight (first example), or with slightly-exaggerated moonlight (second example), or the one I’m leaning towards, with a totally-unrealistic pink sky (third example).
The one thing I really need to stop doing is referring to it as “the Beagle Channel drawing.” It had a name before the pesky Europeans turned up, and, apparently, the Yámana people who lived there called it “Onashaga.” Which is what I will probably call it once it’s finished because it means channel of the hunters, which is a lot cooler than being named after an admittedly lovely dog breed.
Yesterday’s albums. Left to right, top to bottom:
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen
Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle – Bruce Springsteen
#1 Record – Big Star
Grand Prix – Teenage Fanclub
Songs from Northern Britain – Teenage Fanclub