In Joel Janowitz's drawing group we worked for a second week on doing multiple drawings. I once again set up a still life with tools on the table. Instead of jumping into using ink right away Joel suggested I block each of the sheets out with pencil. That was wise because when I did go in with the ink I was able to make decisions about the range of washes I would use to bring together the whole piece. I ended up loving the fan in this drawing and also the clamp that holds the two pieces of paper together. More ideas to pursue when working on my own.Read More
Because of the wrist fracture and then our daughter's wedding I had not been in the studio (except for Joel Janowitz's drawing group) in months. Deciding to go in and work was daunting and I immediately felt myself tightening up. So I tried my best to repeat a mantra I have heard from so many other artists: Just create and don't worry about the outcome.
And so I decided to just draw a dustpan and broom and not worry if I liked it or not. I drew with ink so I could not get fussy or erase. I listened to bad 80s music and at the end of the day I left feeling eager to return, which was the only goal for my going that day.
So July 20th I fell and broke my right wrist while we were testing out Brompton Bikes (UK designed and made bikes that fold). Fortunately I am a lefty. After surgery I was in a series of casts for 6 weeks. To keep myself sane I used my casts as a portable canvas had fun designing and drawing on each one. There was a bit of a learning curve as I did not want to use anything but Sharpies on the fiberglass for fear that I would compromise how breathable it was. And the fiberglass's texture presented some challenges when it came to my wanting to create something with too much detail. But by the end I mastered how to transfer a drawing onto the cast and control over using the sharpies to get various effects on the fiberglass.
Each cast has a Brompton Logo with an additional crashed bike on the bottom. The accident happened hour 23 of our 24 hour free Brompton trial. Then there is a tool presenting the healing (breaking, putting back together, removing of metal) along with wasps and prickles to represent how the cast felt. The middle cast has the eclipse (drawn with a mirror) because that is the cast I wore when the eclipse occurred which I drew for the kids in the neighborhood who really enjoyed the casts and watching them change as I drew on them. The final cast has Yorrick's skull sitting among all of Ophelia’s flowers (each one mentioned in the play is in there) and a crown with the roman numeral 54 on it because it was my birthday and we went to see Oscar Isaac/Keegan-Michael Keys in Hamlet at the Public Theater in NYC. Sadly we saw the last performance and the cast of Hamlet did not do signatures as they were having a cast party. I tried to get my cast into the cast party but alas the woman guarding the door would have none of it.
I looked at my drawing this morning and thought about rhythm and patterns and realized there was a way to make the composition stronger. I added the cell phone charger and cord to break up the square space and to add a curve that countered the curves in the egg carton. What do you think?
I currently am without a studio space, which has left me feeling very frustrated. On the positive side the limits put on me by not having a studio has forced me do focus on drawing.Read More
Drawing has always played a key role in my artistic practice. This winter I have been drawing one day a week with Joel Janowitz in his winter drawing group.Read More
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