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Wishery Experiments

playing with ink wash, gesso and prismacolors

This semester I am in the last drawing course offered at TCC. My assignment is to basically create a cohesive body of work in a drawing medium by the end of the semester.

Drawing is definitely not one of my favorite things to do. I like to sketch and doodle, but otherwise when I draw it is drawing to paint. I’m not sure if that makes sense. I know how to, but I don’t have a delicate touch and don’t believe I ever will. Which is exactly why I love to paint with oils.

So, because of how shaky my hands can be, I had to come up with a different method. I had enjoyed ink wash before, but wanted to add more to it so I taped off a section, gessoed it(was pissed to see that the waterproof india ink smeared a bit) and then added colored pencil. I admit, I was looking at Erik Jones work a bit and James Jean trying to figure out how they get some of their effects.

I’m not sure how I feel about what I did. I want to keep the subject in the same vein as my paintings. I just wish I could figure out how to do them well larger.

And damn colored pencils to hell! I think all the pigment in mine are cracked. I promised myself I would have a prismacolor bonfire by now but it looks like I’ll be putting that off.

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Progress of a Portrait

Alicia portrait process

Above is the thumb nailed progress shots of a portrait I recently did. This portrait went much faster than any others I have completed recently and I am trying to figure out what exactly went right.

I don’t feel that this is naturally my color palette, it feels too warm, but it is good practice. I’m pretty happy with this. I’m confidant that I captured a likeness. In fact a friend from NYC who grew up in Norfolk visited me, saw the painting and immediately recognized the model as someone she had known 15 years ago. The model’s daughters, a 4 and 5 year old, even knew it was their mom. So yeah, that felt like a victory.

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If I were a curator…

I wish I were a curator!

I would curate a show with all the pictured artists and call the show ‘Tiny Anxieties’. But alas, I am not a curator. I have no gallery. I have no studio. I only have admiration.

Pictured from left to right is Amy Earles(she also makes beautiful paper dolls), Allison Sommers, Caitlin Shearer(I believe she is from Australia), Heather Bryant(she is a Norfolk local in real life friend), Meg Hunt(love her screen prints), Jessica McCourt(so glad we own an original of hers), Nomi Chi(dearly tempted to purchase the pictured drawing), Kris Chau(she’s a Philly artist and illustrator) and Chelsey Barnes(she moved away from me and I miss her!).

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*LIKE* me

Now for some self promotion. I have been peer pressured into starting my very own Facebook Fan Page. Wow. I feel like a tool, but if this is how the internet works nowadays then I am going to play the game. Please *LIKE* me on the internets if you are so inclined.

I also am in the running to win a Jerry’s Artarama gift card, which would be rad since I am in school and school supplies torch your bank account. They have a poll on Facebook. If you feel like clicking for me then please do. I believe you can vote without giving it permission to post to you own Facebook account.

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Friends Show Pictures

These aren’t gallery in action shots, but some simple ones from my camera showing how the work was set up.

It’s all about to come down soon. We had a nice closing despite Hurricane Irene’s party poopery. Lorrie Saunders kept her gallery open the eve of the storm and I’m grateful for that.

Glenn Arthur with some Allison Sommers on the back wall.

Nomi Chi drawings that I covet.

Two works by Cate Rangel are what you see as soon as you walk in the front door.

Here is a blurry photo of Jason’s work not quite doing them justice!

My wall of work.

Jessica McCourt’s beauties.

More Nomi Chi.