Friday, August 28, 2009

Sculpture, Framed

First creative act of the fall semester, in response to a Mixed Media assignment from Frank Hyder. The only parameter for the assignment was a single word, fusion, and that it had to be mixed media.

I tried to discuss the relationship between the canvas and the third dimension, and also between 2 dimensional and 3-dimensional art. I tried to fuse each component in each of these relationships. My answer to the problem was to suspend between empty stretcher bars long vertical drawings, two in vine charcoal, one in ink. I then tried to simlulate the shape and line in each drawing with three dimensional black thread. To avoid adding another element to the excercise, I used vine charcoal, the same I'd drawn with, wrapped within the thread to add bulk in the appropriate places. The wire on which the piece hangs is visible, in an attempt to make the conversation I'm having a little more obvious. Perhaps, though, that's too literal.

My other professor Moe Brooker suggested not limiting myself to the square, flattish format, and thinking about the spatial possibilities of such a discussion (fill an entire room with sculptural and flat lines, or, if I want it in the same plane, and entire wall). I'm inspired to pursue this further now. I think this will remain a study for something grander

Thursday, August 13, 2009

single-mom practice sessions

45 hours a week with these darlings have been rewarding, exhausting, and memorable. I'm finished as a nanny after tomorrow, and I feel I can conquer the world now.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Kitchen

I drew this and this after doing a lot lot lot of dishes. I think the mess that was there before I went through with soap and rag would have been more interesting.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sketch update

for this update, see the two newest photos in my "fabriano sketchbook" slide show at right. One is of a fort I made with the kid I nanny for, and the second is of Jake's English Springer, Charles.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mardi Gras

"Overgrowth." The ink drawing in this watercolor just poured out late two nights ago, as if my brain just needed a good rinse before I called it a day. I've always considered myself a morning person, so it's strange that I've made a habit of doing outside-of-my-sketchbook stuff at night. Perhaps it has something to do with the Nanny job I've had this summer, which has given a whole new excitement to solitude.

I think I could have planned more carefully the colors, maybe restricted my palette a bit, because I didn't intend the Mardi Gras effect. Oh well. My Mommy liked it.


Beyond the Map

when i closed my eyes a few nights ago I saw this pattern on the insides of my interlocking blobs with four tentacles each, and one green one. i had to make note of it, in case it turned into anything. it turned into this tree. i finished this piece before i even went back to sleep that night. it should be called something like "taking off" or "the exciting unknown" or "up and out" but without the cliche-ness. It both got me out of my dry spell from artwork and made me think of how little I've planned past the next two years, which is more appealing than scary at the moment. I think the swingless swinger agrees.

SOLD October 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Emily and the Pie

i've been working on stuff, I have, I just haven't had scanner access because something ain't right with the old scanner. So an update on what I've been up to will be aired over the next few days. five new pieces, and here's the first.

just something fun I did to please my sister. adobe illustrator and photoshop.