I have been playing with watercolors again this week; finding ways to color things without using the computer. It has been fun! Except for the LIVE spider that was hiding in the watercolor box not when I first opened but when I returned to it the next day?! So below are some process shots: the initial inspiration, outlining, and then the first layering in photoshop.
Happy Monday Y'all! I had a conversation with the alphabet this weekend & they told me how they would like to be drawn. While I did not succeed with all of their requests I had fun! Q insisted on being BOLD! She was quite adamant in this. K just wanted some attention. We went thru at least 10 iterations that were not just perfecting of form but completely new letter types. He is still uncertain, but will accept my apologies for not knowing exactly what he wants. Like I said, K just wants some attention. Some just knew what they wanted to be like A, G, H, j, p & R. Others were indecisive. V & w could not decide if they wanted to be uppercase or lowercase... w is feeling better as lowercase now that all of his ascenders & descenders are the same length. V might go back to lowercase; she's still not sure. B, d & U are all quite. t just stated his preference and that was that. Like I said it was fun! Hope your week is off to a good start!
Documented Moments are approximately one minute iphone video clips often highlighting natural occurrences. They are unedited & often have wonky sound. I think of them as ernest missives in a highly edited & filtered culture.
I have been working on a lot of handwritten pieces recently and this seems to be the capital/lowercase combo that most appeals to me. The choosing is completely arbitrary but is something along the lines of the W. J. T. Mitchell "What do pictures want?" line of inquiry. The Edward Hirsch quote is from a poem he wrote about Agnes Martin, an artist whose work I absolutely adore. Her minimalist approach was absolute: so pared down. She hand-drew all of those grids. As such, I will practice my letters in the hopes that my hand becomes more steady & my eye more refined. What have you been practicing lately?
I can get stuck at my desk. I do my work there: drawing, photoshop, correspondance. The internet & all of it's diversions (YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, NYTimes) are easily accessible on a large screen. And it is comfortable; I control the temperature & the lighting. It is set up to be a highly productive area. But here's the thing. I am much better at making art if I go outside. And deal with the bugs, the crazy temperatures & other people. So that's why yesterday at hour 10 of sitting at my desk working on a project I decided to go get a sandwich from my new favorite sandwich shop (have I mentioned how much I love a good sandwich?) & have dinner watching the sunset. It didn't disappoint. And today I look forward to taking my lunch break swimming laps in the sunshine. What do you do that feeds your work?