Another invented bug. Fingers with mouse ears...with legs. I think the made up bugs are harder to paint because I have no point of reference. I bet you'd jump and squeak a little if you saw this scurrying across your floor.
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?
I was originally going to use this drawing for the print with the mouse. I went with the image below because this perspecitive was awkward to me. I do love the meat of the feet and the sharpness of the claws, maybe I'll use this later for something else.
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.
This little guy looks so cute and unassuming. The image that he is placed next to, on the actual print changes the whole feeling though. On a separate plate I have open talons hovering just above the mouse about to pounce.
My apologies for disappearing for a couple weeks. Over holiday break I had family in town and wanted to spend every waking moment with them. Here is an assemblage I made for the 'Bird's Eye View' exhibit I had in November. I cut up remenants of crappy prints in feather forms and sewed them to monoprints of my wicker table. Still available if you're interested ;)
I had fun making this plump lil guy. I love the way his feet turned out and the black ink on top of the green had a cool effect. Whenever I look at him, I chuckle because he's so fat. I think there are still some prints available at Gallery 72.
I used to be one of those art students that smoked a pack of cigerettes a day outside the art buildings. A few weeks ago, I took my drawing class outside to work one morning and drew with them. As I looked around for something to sketch I found some butts and pebbles next to my feet. This drawing is more abstract than anything, but I reminded me of when I was an art student.
This is another drawing I worked on with one of my students. I was explaining to my class that even though I've been drawing longer than they've been alive, I always need to practice. Drawing is something that you are continuously working on and developing. So, here is my metal kettle from drawing class.
This was a failed experiement. I printed a basic owl woodcut then attempted to chine collé it with a metal engraving. Everything was off for this. I'm glad I tried it out but was frustrated at the waste of time. I wanted to show you that I can make some pretty fancy garbage sometimes, just don't always show you.
One of the first weeks of school, I had a student ask me how to shade. I sat down with him and we worked on a hammer drawing for the morning. I watched him work on his study as I drew this. This week is midterms and I was grading this same students portfolio today, he has come a long way since the beginning of the semester. It's always fun to see how much students have grown.