Monday, April 30, 2012

Ink.

A few weeks ago I learned baptismal fonts used to more closely resemble graves, so you could climb in and die to one way of life and crawl out new without it. It makes me think of those times when things suck and then suck a little less and there's that moment when you realize things have stopped sucking so bad. Pretty cool.
Something got messed up when I uploaded this one but it looks kind of awesome like this. Real version to come.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday Night. ink.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

(No name yet). nails, steel and silver wire, canvas, acrylics.
Making this was real fun because I made the body almost two years ago, and then, like many things, it sat unfinished under my bed for months. I hung onto it through three moves and six months ago made the sky and rain. Neither was what I wanted it to be but I combined the two and turns out they say together what I wanted each to say individually. Pro: it's real cool to see something kind of useless for so long find a perfect place. Con: this is only positive reinforcement for my tendency to not throw things away.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cherry Blossoms. Gouache and ink.

I recently read - I think this was in Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff- that drawing from memory is important because you can only remember so much, so what you remember and end up drawing is the most important part of what you saw. As someone who draws primarily from life and photos, I reluctantly decided to challenge myself with drawing from memory for a few weeks. Turns out it's actually quite fun.

Not only does drawing from memory tell me a lot about what I find interesting, but it also makes me pay better attention during the day. So thank you Shaun for helping me to be more intentional about being present. St. Ignatius would be proud.

 Endorsement: Trust the Process is a great book. As far as art books go, I find it second only to Art and Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland- which is AMAZING.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I am ready. I am present. I am full of love. Ink.

My dear friend Cat inspired this drawing with her beautifully-worded blog post on moving from California to NYC to work with Good Shepherd Volunteers. Read her post here: http://catandmock.wordpress.com/
She said, But my description cannot
fit your tongue, for
I have a certain way of being in this world,

and I shall not, I shall not be moved.

-Maya Angelou, Our Grandmothers