So I have been thinking about Climate Change and Greta and why we as humans are so reluctant to do anything to stop the climate crises from becoming a humanitarian night mare for our planet. I also was introduced to reductive wood cutting by Chris Wallace at Maud Morgan and have been intrigued by the potential of it to help me with my imagery. I do love printing. So this summer was all about exploring reductive wood cutting and an image that I feel captures my emotions about climate change. The image was inspired by a fresco we saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from around the time of Pompei.
After doing the collages I decided to challenge myself to paint from them just to see what happened and in hope that I might have an artistic break through. I started with some very small watercolor sheets of paper (6”x8”) and made a series of four acrylic paintings using the thin liquid golden paints I had lying around. The result was exciting. My fellow artists were enthusiastic about them saying they reminded them of fairy tales and I myself loved the way they captured so much of what I love about vintage golden books. So then I challenged myself to get bigger but not by much. These two sheets are 9” x 12”. And admittedly I worked as much from the Breugel reproduction as I did from my own collages. But I feel the work is finally going somewhere. I am not sure where I am going but at least I am enjoying the journey and this in turn makes me want to be in the studio, which is a shift from where I have been where I was finding any excuse I could to avoid the studio on days when I was not meeting up with a fellow artist. I do think I need to think about switching to a nice smooth large gessoed board and using better brushes is in order.Read More
All spring I have found myself "stuck" artistically. I miss not being in Joel's drawing group and was feeling a bit of ennui about contemporary art I was seeing. I returned to Bernini's clay sketches of Angels at Harvard Art Museum and forced myself to draw and redo exercises I have been taught over the years by various teachers. Then a week ago Sally Casper and I started doing collage at Turtle studio and I chose to use a large reproduction of Breugel's Fallen Angels painting as a starting point for my composition. I had to have an imaginary "teacher" on my shoulder telling me to stick to large blocks of color and to not get fussy or tight. Interestingly my collage bag has the remnants of many old golden books that I have used over the years for collage. I have a love affair with the palette of old golden books and have often used them in my collage work. Somehow the children's book fairy tale theme and palette made their way into these collages.Read More
I am not sure how I feel about this drawing. I think I would like to see the range of grays pushed more in it. But I do love the chaos and the variety of spaces created by this tangle of tools.Read More
Based on the success I had with focusing on the negative space in the mono print workshop I entered this drawing/still life determined to focus on the spaces in between rather than the objects. The result in my opinion is a stronger drawing.
The saw edge occurred because I used a rough bristle brush and painted around the edge of the saw with a clear mixture of oil and setswell. the Hammer repeats were done using Joel's vicosity technique.
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.Read More
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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