I've been working on some sketches and studies for the Al-Mutanabbi Project. You can read about it here. The drawing above is a saying from the poet Al-Mutanabbi.
This is a seven color reduction woodcut I made recently. I wanted to attempt to make a combination woodcut and etching image, so this particular bird seemed to be ideal.
Here is the finished print that includes the intaglio bee. The planning for all of this took me a minute to think all the way through. I think it turned out okay.
Sorry my posts kinda fell off there for a bit. I was out of town for a while. I'll show you some photos when I edit them. This however, is a sketch I did based on a Maxfield Parrish image, Cadmus Sowing the Dragon's Teeth.
This image hangs in our house and I rarely get to just admire it. One evening, I was sitting across from this painting with my sketchbook in my lap. I certainly don't think that I have complimented this piece, but I thought it may be interesting to see how/where my sketches come from. So there, that's how it went down.
In the life drawing class I taught last semester we studied bones. For one of the assignments, I had them draw half of the pelvis acurately and the other half could be anything they wanted. There were some really amazing drawings that came from this project. I sat down with them and worked on this drawing. I couldn't tell you exactly what type of creature I drew but, I had fun doing it!
This semester I taught life drawing for the first time. I surprised myself with how well the class went, at least I thought so, you'd have to ask my students if they agree. There were only a few times I was able to sit down and draw from the model. I hadn't drawn from a model, let alone a person, for a looooong time. This actually looks like the person I was drawing. Weird, I guess I do know what I'm doing sometimes.
I wanted to try something new so last semseter I did a landscape etching. This was made in the drypoint approach so the image was difficult to pull because of the extremely light line qualities. This was the view from our driveway in Partigliano, just up the road from Studo Camnitzer. There were cute little olive trees and rolling hills surrounding the house. It was my home away from home for a couple weeks and I think about it often.
Last week I had the chance to go to San Francisco. I lived there years ago and have lots of family that are there. Every time I go, I return home thinking I should move back. It's views of the bridges, driving along the coast, and of course, family that make it so difficult to not live there.
The main purpose for going was to attend the SGC International conference. There so many events, I could hardly keep up. I attended lectures at San Franicisco State and San Francisco City College. I had never been to either of these campuses before, this sculpture was next to the lecture hall at San Francisco State.
I loved taking in all the printmaking magic at the conference. I squeaked when I saw this lil press. I was so impressed (ha-ha) with all the work and time that the SGC had done to make yet another successful conference.
I was thinking a while back that I hadn't done a landscape for quite some time. I went digging through some of my photographs and found a stack of pictures from my trip to Italy in 2009. We walked along the trails of Cinque Terre and rounded every corner to see a breath taking view. Here's a sketch of one of those views.
I have discovered when I'm at a lecture, I listen best while drawing or doodling. I was trying to figure out my artist statement, listen to a lecture, and draw this bird. It's fun to look through my old sketchbooks and see all of the wacky drawings I used to do. Now my sketchbooks have more academic style writing and less drawing...unless I'm at a lecture!
I was lucky enough to sit in on a lecture by Endi Poskovic at Gallery 72 a few months back. I loved hearing him explain his process, aesthetics, and philosophy. During his lecture, I drew this from one of his images as my way of focusing. His print exhibit at Gallery 72 was breathtaking and well attended, glad I was able to meet such a talented artist.
I've been pretty good about posting something I've worked on artistically for 7 years here. But lately, it never fails, I get to work and forget to make my weekly post. This semseter, I've had to help out at work more than ever. I am always teaching, planning, emailing, printing...yadda, yadda. I have been making art here and there, honest! I'm just working so much that I forget everything else sometimes. So, here's my lame excuse for not posting art today, I'm at work. Feel free to stop by my office sometime, I could use a deversion!
This is a big etching, at least for me. I think it's about 15"x20" ish. This print has quite the effect on people. Some people love the angles and energy of the bird, others have their preconceptions of crows and don't know what to think about it. I dig it and had fun working on it. That's all that matters, right?
In this print, these talons are hovering just above the mouse in the post below. Some people liked the two images together, others thought it was frightening. I just wanted to show an aspect of birds that we don't always think about. I loved working on this particular plate, the shading was very different for me.