So yeah, I’m 30 years old now. That’s weird and stuff. The new semester has started, and with it a fresh crop of baby art students full of naked anime elves shining in their eyes!
In the photo above is a book I found at Border’s, after descending upon it’s bankrupt book corpse. I had first seen and coveted it on awesome art blog Phantasmaphile. Also in the picture is a necklace made by Blood Milk Jewelry. It’s beautiful. There is even a small round piece of glass in the viewer. Next to it is a piece of coal Jason and I scavenged from Centralia, PA.
Jason and I are still preparing for Stuntkid & Friends Show this coming saturday in Norfolk VA. It’s pretty rad having a bedroom full of art by artists that you’ve admired for a long time through the warped lens of the internet. It’s better in real life.
In stark comparison my studio area seems to be full of unfinshed paintings. I may need to get a dehumidifier to deal with my paint refusing to dry to workable point.
This weekend I got to take some concept photos with the adorable burlesque performer Marla Meringue. Which means no one will see anything that came out of it for quite a while, but she definitely helped me plan on a few future paintings.
Here’s a peak at some portrait studies from school and home.
1. Opium Poppy, 2. Amethyst, 3. Underwater Glow, 4. Aurora Borealis
I’m currently taking painting classes at my local community college. It’s great. I’m learning a lot and seeing improvement in my work every day. What I can’t seem to get away from is my preferred color palette. Purples, pinks, cool beiges, greens, greens and more greens. It just comes so naturally and I’m finding it very difficult to willingly stray from it. I find myself questioning whether I should, whether these colors are a bad habit and crutch or that if leaving them behind even temporarily would a step down the wrong road. The answer is really obvious. Learn how to use other colors, especially for flesh tones, but always keep my preferences in the back of my mind so as not to lose what makes my work mine.
I’ve never been one of those students or artists that believed education may dull whatever edge I could have, but I understand the idea. I think it happens when you have a combination of professors with overwhelming personalities/very specific art movement agenda around you and a young mind ready to be molded. Ha, I am not exactly old but I am not right out of highschool. Some of my painting habits, for better or worse, aren’t going anywhere.
Above is an image of color inspiration taken from my flickr favorites.
Below are some photos of concept ideas and student work I have uploaded to my scraps page.
During last semester’s painting class we had to keep a painting journal and try to develop concepts for future large scale painting. I’m not really sure how well it turned out, but it was nice working on something that didn’t feel like as large of a commitment as a canvas painting. It gave me a chance to experiment and concept out ideas that have been lurking in my head and find out whether they were a good or bad idea. I also attempted to transfer images from photos I’ve taken using acrylic mediums. That part didn’t turn out super great, but now I know that I still have a lot of trouble shooting to do.
The second to last image is actually an illustration assignment. It was made using gouache, india ink and watercolor with the wash out technique. You paint everything you want to appear in the final product using gouache paint than saturate the entire paper with india ink, let dry and rinse in the since. The remaining black areas are where the watercolor paper had been left untouched. I then touched up areas with watercolor because the gouache came up too much in some places.
The third to last image is a piece Jason, my husband, and I collaborated on for fundraising auction at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.