Friday, January 29, 2010

Art House Sketchbook Project

So excited! Just got word that my sketchbook arrived safely and will be joining tons of other sketchbooks ! Here's a link about it, and there are tons of photos of the boxes and piles of sketchbooks they received:

Monday, January 25, 2010

treats for your eyes

thanks to artist a day again, i found another fabulous artist:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

self portrait

So, I haven't drawn from life in a very long time--almost a year or more. I decided to attempt another self portrait instead of looking for other faces or driving across town to the figure drawing open studio. Feel free to point out any parts that you think look strange at I said, I am a bit rusty. It's graphite on paper (my 7"x7" sketchbook). I hope this is at the very least an amusing break from all of my ink paintings, it was for me.

Monday, January 18, 2010

the continuing saga of these three paintings

Here we are again, with the same three images from yesterday. I am still working on these three simultaneously. I am happy with what's going on with the colors in this first one, but the subject matter is a debatable subject in itself. This one may take a radical turn, just like the earthworms have (see below).

So, the earthworms decided to be flying stingrays, after many reincarnated dreams. This one is very near the end of it's story.

I am contemplating words in this one (below). For some reason, most of the ink paintings and drawings I did on paper included words and scribbles, but when I started working on the wood panels it became more about images. The strange thing about these works is that I so wish to keep a fluid spontaneity, so stopping to ask if words should be in there or not seems really trite and planned. Of course, I think about the process, and stop to look at what I like and don't like about what is happening, but within each session or formal layer I still want it to have the energy of a freshly flung colored emotional outburst. Writing about it now, I guess I will wait to see if the words decide to arrive during my next session.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It's been slow...

...getting back into my painting after focusing so intently on making Christmas presents, and then on other everyday living tasks. However, I have managed to start a new painting, and have been fooling around with the other two I started before. The breakfast one is in a strange place, suspended in mid-sentence visually. I like that textures are being built up and certain colors are becoming subdued but this one is a tug of war piece that I am in an argument with at the moment. (the first image below)

The earthworms (below) are starting to tell their own story, which actually seems more like some sort of dream they are having. This piece might turn out to be only their dream, I haven't decided if they are staying in the picture or not. The layers of color are starting to get interesting, though.
This is my newest piece(below), so far simple happy canaries . The colors are what I will be focusing on as far as this one evolves. You never know, though, lines sometimes beg you to tell a different story than how they were first presented.
I went to a fabulous art show today called Maidens and Monsters. It was all pulp fiction illustrations, fantasy and sci fi. So inspiring to see the dramatic figures and compositions. A lot of them were ink drawings and gouache(which I would like to start experimenting with now...or soon). So much detail and precision. Amazing art.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I am so happy it's the new year! Art house co-op extended the deadline for the sketchbook project by one day, which I needed, so I sent it out today, and then I uploaded the images from it on the art house website. Feel free to check them out..

Who knew it would be so challenging to come up with so many endings for the beginning of "and suddenly..."