The series of variations is based on a drawing with pen and paper, then transferred to the iPad Pro. Besides shifts in color, I am always interested in shifting the texture and the amount of activity in the image.

(Words and images Copyright 2017© by Michael Kallstrom) 

journey of the day passage of the night
muffled and muddled by drinks and by books
looking past the molten sun to eye the
moon the wind calls with its tall sky voices
rattling the branches clouds smudge the moving
sky canvas lift a finger and touch the
day stay or go walk toward what must be done
or undone

(Words and images Copyright 2017© by Michael Kallstrom) 

Here’s a video of working from a photo on my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. I tend to place the reference photo in a corner of the screen. Then,  I usually make a few guide marks in blue pencil before I begin.​ the video moves rather quickly and doesn’t show the layer activity but it may give you an idea of how the work goes.

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

frozen fog a slick ice world
and black as deep white wisps of
mist disappear above the
rooftop to circle the gauze
moon and bend it’s light back to
a slippery sky why do 
the birds wait? gears encrusted
with ice will not turn our ears
burn with frost the wheel is still –
wait at the foot of the hill

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

we drift we glide on subtle rhymes
that flow from the center of the 
sun and spill molten streams of joy
into the sea spray home again
we mold the ocean floor as the
waters surge and cover the earth
once more home again in rock and
water and open sky we find
the center and we stop and sigh

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

the day shifts and thickens in the falling blue
of afternoon pulling towards darkness drawing
the trees and birds and clouds into a black hole
of winter silence the sun is my god and
savior I am a hopeless soft supplicant
crawling into a promise of warmth and light 

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

A set of works that began as a pen drawing on a dictionary page, then imported to the iPad Pro and painted. The background texture figures prominently in several of the variations. Used an ink brush setting for this one. 

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom)