Still working on my lil insect watercolor paintings. I was staring at this last weekend at my studio open house and realized that it turned out really nice. I like the reflective highlights on the shell.
Yesterday was my dad's birthday. I have been very blessed to have him my life. I think it's fitting that his birthday is so close to Thanksgiving because there are so many of us in the family and the community that are thankful for him.
Just got back from Prescott College for a visit over the past weekend. This photo was taken from the airplane on the way home, it's time for snow again. I had a good visit, saw some classmates, met some new ones, and was able to check in with my instructor. I'm nearing the finish line to my masters degree. I have so much to do and figure out, but I have a plan and am itching to crank out a bunch of words, thoughts and art! My thesis plan is based on the history of printmaking and is meant to cover the basics of techniques in relation to print history with a twist of Amy art. It's a lot to juggle and I'm trying my darnedest.
I had the chance to sit down in front of this painting at the Joslyn a while back. It was nice to just sit and draw, the museum wasn't busy and no one was bugging me. Such a beautiful and calm portrait.
I have been subscribed to many printmaking groups, guilds, and forums for years. The past two years I have been able to attend the Southern Graphics Council International Printmakers Conference of which I am a member. The benefit of being a member is the access of information and collaboration that comes from print communities around the world. For the heck of it, I submitted a section of a paper to I had written last year for my thesis work to SGCI newsletter. To my surprise, my article was selected and published in the Fall edition of Graphic Impressions. Hidden Women in Printmaking History can be found on page 4. I'm proud to have an article published and to be associated with an impactful group of printmakers.
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.