You can practically hear the dot matrix printer grinding away when looking at these pages!
While in elementary school(Garrettford Elementary was a Great Place to Grow!), I participated in some creative writing classes. Our county schools
also participated in a program/contest called The Young Authors, where every year kids submitted stories they wrote, which were then judged by grade. I loved it and won several times. You can see another of my lil’ stories on my scraps page Scroll to the bottom of the page.
This little book, which I never finished the drawings for all the pages, was from a summer creative writing class. I was likely in 3rd grade at the time. I was really excited when I found this in a box at my parents house. It’s been interesting to see that the themes in my paintings go back so far. Unicorns and skulls.
It’s clear I loved fantasy as a child. My favorite toys were My Little Pony dolls, She-Ra and my Rainbow Brite. This little book was probably a result of watching The Last Unicorn. I also was obsessed with Unico. It was life changing when that came on the Disney channel.
Heavy like honeysuckle in humidity,
like nodding flowers ready to fruit.
Heavy like your sighs while you sleep.
Satellites for Redon
This semester I learned more about printmaking in my required intaglio class, taught by artist Lisa Hamilton. I enjoyed learning the process and different methods, but am not entirely happy with the work I produced in the class. BUT, now I feel more capable of revisiting the images and perhaps giving them a go again, this time with everything I learned this semester behind me instead of ahead.
Crepuscular Nesting Birds
The above three pictures are from my favorite printmaking project: collagraphs. It was cheap! Especially compared to buying zinc plates. I enjoyed this project because it felt very freeing. It was like playing. I just cut and pasted till I felt I had created something potentially interesting.
Gone to Seed – a self portrait
My Love, I Give
Flick her tail, yawn all teeth.
Treasure pressed against her belly,
childish secrets and vision engines of glass and glitter.
I loved you, she said as she licked her paw.
Purrs and hisses amongst forbidden kisses in the shade.
Violent eyed with a forked tongue.
Behold my sloppy concepting! Photoshop, photography, scissors and glue!
When I first moved to Western North Carolina I was studying full-time and didn’t have time for a regular job. To earn some extra spending cash, I posed regularly for local artists and drawing groups. I haven’t had the time to do it much lately.
Having a full-time job makes it difficult to be on call, but lately I have been sitting for artist and my former instructor, Angela Cunningham
It’s a slow process but an amazing one to see come together. Every step is important in order to create a successful end product, which is in this case, a large format all graphite drawing, and perhaps also an oil painting. She’s done a few color studies as well, one of which is shown below.
As a figure model, I never have much expectation or investment in the work completed based on my posing. I know it’s not actually about me. It doesn’t hurt my feelings if the likeness isn’t there, or if it’s not particularly flattering, but sitting for Angela has been a unique pleasure because of her skill. It’s one of the few times I’ve allowed myself some satisfaction and expectation for the final piece. I really can’t wait to see how it turns out and feel honored to be a part of her body of work.
The above is one of my favorite pieces of her work. It is titled Silence. I love this painting not just because it’s beautiful, or that I’m partial to skulls, but also because the moth in the lower right hand corner is a polyphemus moth I found fluttering while it died on a hot night the first summer I had moved here. It reminds me of how exciting that time was and how beautiful, for both good and bad reasons, my experience here has been.