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I looked through the blog archives and found this lil' gem from September 2012. That was when I first 'discovered' fashion illustration, and it really did change my world. I made over 100 fashion illustrations that first year in addition to my daily art and msc. pieces. In the years past I have continued to revisit fashion as an inspiration in my work, whether it is in a dedicated monthly theme or just additional sketches just 'cause.
Anyway, came across this entry expressing some of that early excitement...and you know what the best part is? I still feel that same way!
I literally cannot escape my love for fashion. Even if I am hanging out in my polka dotted pajamas and over sized Chargers shirt-I am thinking about sequins. Last year I decided to give in to my love for fashion illustration and just make a month of it and now, yup- revisiting that same theme!
'Cause fashions change every year, you know?
Before I re-invent the wheel, here is my blog post/series intro from last September:
...and here is my heART from last September;
I was invited to participate in the 'Speak Their Names, Revisited' show at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in downtown Lake Worth. I felt honored...and knew that I wanted to create a brand new piece for this specific show. So I did.
The piece is much larger than I usually work- 24x48 inches. I had a canvas that I have previously painted of Hendrix's 'Voodoo Lady' on it. I had actually scratched the words out while the black acrylic paint was still wet. I left the painting as my surface without putting a layer of gesso over it...because music has a way of bringing folks together so it kinda made sense.
I painted a young African-American girl with natural hair that fades into the black background with her eyes closed, later hinting at tear stains by adding some watered down acrylic paint. She is sad, but not broken- just deep in thought about lives lost. I used the butterfly to symbolize those lives lost to senseless gun violence, as butterflies are often a symbol of the soul in my work.
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG