Sometimes on the first class day, I'll ask my students to draw three things from memory. They have to draw a person, a place and a thing. One of the summer school classes I taught, I decided to try this exercise with them. I drew my parents family room in the house they lived in for forty years and moved away from in 2013. I know the perspective is off and the composition is wonky, but it was nice to pretend that I was in that room again.
Last week was my "big" birthday, I'll let you guess what that means. This week is my husbands birthday. Over the weekend we spent some time at my parents cabin. We were in the water the whole day on Saturday because the heat was exhausting. Every once and a while I take out my polaroid cameras and snap some photos. Here's my dude relaxing at the lake. Happy Birthday Steve.
I was trying to image and figure out what armor for birds may look like. The most logical step was to design armor for an emu or ostrich, since they look like the fighting type. This concept is still in the forefront of my mind, I think there's more to ponder here.
I tend to have a lack of words for some of my work...yep, a watercolor painting of a catapillar. Crazy, I know. I just like to keep to my (overly disciplined) routine of posting art or something art-ish here every single week. So yea, here it is, Wednesday and here's some art for you to look at.
Every once and while I dig out the polaroid camera and film to play around. My mom and I were out at the lake house and decided to snap some photos. I think my mom is so amazing, beautiful, and strong. This is my second favorite polaroid photo of her.
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.
This was a commission gift for a friend who works with bugs. My understanding is that his thesis focus was specifically on weevils. How amazing it that!?!? Weevils are so awesome and there are so many different types, I think it would be fascinating to read his thesis.
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.
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.