Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Design A Day? A Design for Day.

I have been a bit busy designing lately, and I thought I would post some of my designs, just so you know I haven't been slacking! Left is a business card/logo I designed for daytauro Art Glass — the website can be found here and the online shop can be found here. The work is beautiful so take a moment to visit and enjoy!

More to come soon!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Drawing A Day? 11.14.07...

So I said some of these drawings would be not as frequent and hopefully some of these would last over some days. Here is one of them. I think I left the original drawing at the studio, and I will need to get that and scan it in at some point. This one, Pair and Lemon (© 2007, silkscreen on paper, 6x6 inches), is currently undergoing some analysis. It wasn't supposed to stop here but I am thinking I like it. However, I have a number of copies of this, so it is always worth playing with. I really like the depth and the layering of color of this print. I love the simplicity and the boldness.

The tan background was created by printing the off white twice over the brown. I like the effect, but it was originally
supposed to be less opaque. The reason I printed the white twice was that I am really having a technical problem with snap-back, and my screen keeps kissing the he paper when lifting and leaving these rings. I am really quite frustrated with that part of it, and I have been doing a lot of research and book buying and group joining to get help, because the one answer I got twice is just causing more problems.

The original piece, and the way I might go deeper into other copies of this, was supposed to have a shadow under the fruit and an outline, done in woodcut but also reminiscent of Roy Litschenstein's linear treatment (as in this painting). I am not even sure how the woodcut will take, as I don't have the most advanced woodcut printing set up and my woodcut skills are a little rusty. Speaking of rusty, I might even need to sharpen my tools and I don't even remember how! I will post the results when they happen though.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Drawing A Day 11.13.07

So, many moons ago, I decided to do a drawing a day on 6x6 inch paper and post about it. That lasted about 6 days.

I found the 6x6 pad of paper today. I want to retry this. But my rules won't be so strict. I am going to try to do one a day, generally between 30 minutes to one hour. I like this amount of time because it forces me to focus, but if I am getting frustrated, I know there is an end in sight. Of course, I won't just abandon the drawing if I am loving it. Maybe I'll spend five hours on it that day. Maybe I'll scan it after an hour and come back to it in a week. I don't know. I am not going to lose sleep over it if I don't do one a day though. It doesn't have to be a drawing in the typical sense of the word. I do want to keep it to 6x6. I am not going to post all of them, but at the same time, I am not going to post only the ones I like.

On that note, to start off, I don't like this one in the physical sense. Its too dark, not enough contrast. But I like it in the sense that it is the old college try and I like it in the sense that I am a bit rusty from not having done this in so long...And I am going to try again, and that counts...

I decided to draw one of my jewelry tools (yeah, I make simple jewelry on the side. You can see some of it -- where else? -- my etsy store.) Anyway, I thought this would be a good thing to draw since the jewelry is also something I have rediscovered recently. Anyway, I drew this for 30 minutes while listening to Jess Klein. I thought her song Darkroom would motivate me with its, well, you know, photography/visual arts theme. It helped. Music usually does.

That's it for now.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

December Sale

In Checking In," I mentioned the December Sale at the Museum School. I am selling some older work, because I have just been too busy to produce new work in time. It's good though, that the older work is getting some press time too, I guess, and it was nice to find some of these pieces because I had practically forgotten about them.

The one with the grass and the moth is called It's Not Pretty to Me (©2006). It's mixed media -- the grass and sky panels were screenprinted, the path of the postage stamp moth is actually sewn black thread. This one was a lot of fun because it really evolved out of the screenprinted panels, which began as just an exploration of alternate screenprinting methods.

I am also going to sell Bird on Green, which I LOVE for its simplicity. It evolved out of a teeny sketch of a bird I did that I just fell in love with and realized I needed to take it a step further and out of the hidden pages of my sketchbook. I like that about sketchbooks. You can draw and create lots of junk in them, but once in a while there is a little hidden gem that you can just pull right out and integrate into something else.

The last little pieces I am going to put in are those laundry prints I have been meaning to post. I have scanned some in, but I am not quite sure these are going to be the ones I am going to submit. They are all a little varied and that is what I love about them. I love the new dimension they have to the OLD laundry prints (Fresh I and Fresh II), I am thinking maybe I will take the old laundry prints in their size and variety of laundry and integrate the cut paper and color. The irony is, Fresh I was supposed to have lots of color, but then when I saw the line drawing, I liked that. Hmmm, it all comes around, I guess.