These Journals began shortly after viewing my friend Sharon Zeugin’s work at the International Calligraphy  conference in Ohio. Her inspiration, coupled with the fact that I was asked to do some work for the Pirates of the Carribean Special Features, led me to find a large handmade journal. The journal itself is a 12 X 16  handmade book with watercolor paper originating in India… the result is a rough-edged variable-surfaced joy to work on…

Current Journal Project

The Baron Journals

A collaboration of visual and literary art, Visual Artist Randall M. Hasson, and Poet, Chris Baron, have been collaborating on a book called, The Baron Journals. The book visually articulates the spirit of Baron’s poetry by merging it with the disciplines of drawing, painting and calligraphy.

The goal is to produce a volume in which the images of the poems and the images of the artwork labor together to allow the reader to search and find light in the darkest places, to journey through joy, depth, pain, vision, promise for understanding and ultimately, reconciliation. The work centers around an identity of Jewish heritage, but the transcendent themes will relate and inspire any person of faith and cross cultural boundaries with emotional imagery that fosters common understanding in any reader who is interested in a personal journey of heritage, spirituality history, and identity.

The Baron Journals explores traditional concepts of composition and also succeeds as it confronts the challenge of creating a mood and a pace that aides the reader in experiencing the emphases within the written poetic passages.

– The Baron Journals; a collaboration with poet Chris Baron

  1. Life Unworthy; Poetry: Chris Baron, Artwork: Randall M. Hasson
2. Origins; Poetry Chris Baron, Artwork Randall M. Hasson

Journal 1
The text of this journal related to what I was going through or what I have been impressed with that day or period of time… Sometimes readable, sometimes not… but hopefully the feeling comes through.

Journal 2
Begun as an exercise book in a class with Thomas Ingmire July 2004, by the end of the week it had taken on a life of it’s own.