Pretend they are living sculptures formed by the cultural landscape of South Philadelphia. Or that they are avant-garde still life photography and that I am painting their furry majesty through the lens of my iPhone.
I’m not sure if anyone who visits my site remembers my more illustrative work. I haven’t! I might even do a throw back post of them to laugh at myself and share. I’ve been compelled lately to revisit it and spruce it up to flesh out some ideas. It pushed me to add work to my RedBubble shop and to figure out Society6 as well. So now that means I have my work in 2 print-on-demand shops, Society6 and RedBubble. I’m excited to be able to offer my designs on some new products, including shower curtains and a variety of sizes of pouches. Let me know what you think. And if you see something you like, but would like a different color or some other small change, please feel free to write me. I’m happy to see what I can do.
Sometimes I worry that working in my more cartoony style will negatively affect my fine art studies, but I’ve come to realize many other artists dabble in more than one creative realm. Plus, anything that gets me going, whether it be painting or doodling in photoshop, is a good thing for me. Motivation is something to be cultivated. I can’t afford to ignore it when it gives me a shove. Motivation has always been an issue for me.
Another reason I feel iffy about playing in different art worlds is that nowadays, people are so branded. Branding seems to equal success. It makes it easier to find your audience, or them to find you. And I can’t pretend that I don’t want to make a living from my art. I do. So issues that negatively affect me being able to do that give me pause. I’m getting ahead of myself.
This has also given me a renewed interest in stationery design. I think I’d like to dip my toes in it to see what happens. I’ve been looking up local to Philadelphia stationary shops/design agencies to see what’s out there. I think I’d really enjoy doing production side work for one.
These are certainly not portfolio worthy pictures, but behold! My kaleidoscope/diy magic 8-ball monstrosity!
I put this together while taking an intro to sculpture class last semester. The project was to create a sculpture based on a toy. I’m not sure if mine isn’t just a toy, but I had ‘a time’ putting this beast together. I learned a lot about PVC pipes and all sorts of fun, useful bits you can find at the hardware store.
Pardon the window stripping part in the below video. If I make another one, which I will, the goal is to find something more attractive than window stripping to hold the globe in place but that is still also removable. So much of this project was trouble shooting that putting any part of it together in a permanent way would have been disaster. For the most part, I could clumsily disassemble it and then put it back together.
This isn’t the first time I tried my hand at making a ‘psychic device’. Check out a kaleidoscope I made for a show at the VA MOCA in this old post here.
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