My drawing has become rusty. That's the sad truth. I am not sure when the shift occurred away from pen & paper to paint & brushes, but I think it coincided with my departure from academia. I was one of those students that had more drawings than words on the page... What am I going to do about my rust? I am going to give myself one of those monthly challenges that seem ubiquitous on the web. I am going to do 30 drawings sometime within the calendar month of November & post them here. Hopefully by the end of the month I will have some more finesse back in my hand & some cool images to show for it... Is there anything you are challenging yourself with this month? Happy Thursday Y'all!
I came across this quote while looking at a fun book of Antoni Gaudís' architectural achievements. Each page presented a new architectural marvel paired with a quote, my kind of book. The ceiling on the left was paired with this quote. I love how it looks like cut paper. Imagine being able to form a ceiling like this? It makes me excited for today's discoveries. Happy Wednesday Y'all!
I came across this quote this weekend, in an advertisement for bags. It made me want the bags; not just because they had fun patterns, but because of their connection with this quote which seems to illustrate concisely the role of emotion in the work. When I work I am not thinking about emotion(most of the time). I am lost to the world of water, salt, oil, & pigment: watching water colors blooms happen, & salt morph paintings. Thinking about it I work with a sense of peace & anticipation, excitement over what I am going to learn next, what the pigment is going to do. However sometimes I go to my studio to calm my mind, & when I do that I am mostly disappointed with the work as it is too tight & jagged. So I think Tolstoy was correct, "art... is the transmission of the feeling the artist has experienced." Happy Monday Y'all!
This past weekend one of my best friends got married. She kept it simple with gold & silver accents. Following the wedding there was a lovely cake reception. I painted the cups. Or rather I should say I printed the cups, using a simple wooden pencil eraser. I often encounter people that think of printmaking as an erudite, esoteric thing, but the truth is that all of us interact with prints everyday & most of us have probably done some form of printmaking in our lives. I am constantly striving to simplify the definition of printmaking & the closest I have come is the transference of an image from one thing to another, something that can be editioned. Have a good weekend y'all! And if you are looking for a fun book (that has a lot of polka dots) check out the Kate Spade Things We Love book; it is a great reminder of everything that is wonderful about printed books.
These two things are abundant in the Lowcountry. As I have taken more photographs of my surroundings in the attempt to understand my camera I have noticed more acutely the patterns of these objects. Hope your week is going well!
I wrestle with this concept. I want things to be black & white, clear cut, but the reality is textured & nuanced. The Chagall quote reminds me of the Emily Dickinson line, "Tell the truth, but tell it slant." We must have an expansive vision, something that incorporates multiple perspectives, because with each narrative another facet of the truth comes to light. I think this is part of the artists work: finding ways to display the whole truth.
There is a creek that almost completely dissects the island I live on. This is where I row & coach. The bridge that I am taking this video from is 3 miles from the boathouse, but gives you a good sense of the body of water that I spend a lot of time on. The clouds were particularly layered & dramatic the day I filmed this. Hope your week is off to a strong start! Happy Tuesday Y'all!
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