Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I have two more Rumpus sets to post, one that was up on the Rumpus last Tuesday and one that is coming up next Tuesday. So those are incoming.

BUT! What I'm really excited about is the art class I'm taking right now and I'm going to start posting projects from that class. What's been interesting about the class, which is called Critique and Creative Process, and is extremely freeform, is that I've only made sculptures in the class. As an artist I feel like I used to identify more as a painter but haven't felt into painting as much over the past few years and it's been super fun to just follow my whim and use whatever medium I want for each project.

As much as it kills me I'm not going to post these sequentially. So to start here's two. We were given the prompt to choose a symbol and in preparation for the main piece about the symbol, we were to create two small projects about the symbol sort of as a meditation on the symbol.

Hammer. Nails and wood. 

Beating Like a Hammer. Cardboard box, markers, paint.

After creating these two starting-off pieces, I created the main symbol piece. I had chosen the hammer as my symbol for 2 reasons:
Pete Seeger. Dreamy.
2. A Step Along the Way - prayer that I'm going to post here, because it's beautiful.

A Step Along the Way
Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the Church's mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

Here's the final piece:

Wooden crate, clay, candles. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

My latest Rumpus illustrations were for a posting in the Funny Women column positing how the classics would be different were they written by a Buddhist nun (read it here). Below we have Anna Karenina and Moby Dick.

Within Anna Karenina. Gouache and Ink.

Unbalanced! Said the Whale. Gouache and Ink.

Also! The delay in getting these posted is due to me having a little less time because I'm taking an art class at Berkeley City College. The class is called "Critique and Creative Process" and in it students are allowed to use whatever medium they'd like and it's a great class. So, SOON, I hope to start posting photos of what I'm working on in that class, which'll be a nice change of pace because so far most of my work in the call has been sculptures. Keep an eye out in the next week or two for BCC-themed posts!