I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for my July theme. I always like to check and see what the unofficial Creative Every Day theme is...even if I don't use it. Last month the theme was 'green' and I did Barbie art all month. Go figure. But the theme wasn't up yet, probably due to the holiday...so...I had to figure it out on my own.
But I didn't know what to do. So for the first few pieces I just worked on faces. I knew I wanted to use watercolor pencil, colored pencil and pen since these materials are pretty portable. I made a face drawing each day...thinking to myself...'what should I do?'
And it kind of came to me...really pretty much as a result of the Barbie series...
For the month of July my series will be MAKEUP.
Here is my train of thought, and I am typing it just like I am thinking it...while working on the Barbies this month I was looking at images from the 1980s so I was in fact setting the stage for this inspiration to come to me later...as I worked on each Barbie picture I focused on the eyes and differences in eye makeup, since the eyes are a favorite thing of mine to draw...I got side tracked by Jem and the Holograms, her makeup, the patterns and colors in the clothes, even considered doing a side series on Jem...I started thinking about the images in nail and beauty salons, specifically those from the 1980s...so I researched these images and learned about Patrick Nagel, who images of females have a strong influence from fashion and Art Deco....I even found a picture of Jem in Nagel's style...and I went to a drag show with some girlfriends and was blown away by their makeup application...which is kind of random, but that's how I roll.
And then there is this little lady, (left). Giselle is my super talented friend who owns her own business, GS Makeup Artistry. She does makeup (including airbrush!) and hair for weddings and special events and also is quite the craftswoman, working with decals and other personalized gifts as an additional service for her brides and clients. I spent some time with Giselle on the 4th of July for a belated birthday lunch and it reminded me of how awesome she is. I have watched her do hair and makeup on my friends and have even been lucky enough to have her work on me!
So all of this...that's how it came to be that I chose makeup for my July series. It may be a little hard to follow, but it makes total sense to me. That being said...err...typed...here are the first pieces in the series!
I have been backdating a few posts...just 'cause so much has been going on and I am combining some things and leaving some stuff out since its on Instagram...but THIS...now THIS has to be posted.
This is one of the most important and most meaningful pieces I have ever made.
Let me give some background. In March I met Nathan and Michelle and the Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk. I was the featured artist for Muzart and they came to see my work...and BOUGHT a piece.
Awesome, right? Wait...it gets better.
Some more ArtWalks come and go...they stop by the see me at the May show, where I was featuring my 27 of my April 2014 Poetry Paintings. When I get home, I have an email from Nathan. He wanted to commission me to create a series of five pieces...TO PROPOSE TO MICHELLE.
My eyes teared up. I got goosebumps. Of course I would take on the commission! So he started sending me reference images, quotes that were meaningful to the couple...The whole time I was working on it all I could think was...don't mess this up.
And I didn't. On July 4, 2014 Nathan brought Michelle to Gallery 2014 with a group of friends to see a very, very special art exhibit- JUST FOR HER.
And she said yes.
And it feels AMAZING to have been a part of this couple's engagement story.
So I am actually typing this in July...but gonna date it for the end of June, just 'cause.
The end of June was chaotic to say the least. We moved, and as you know, moving can really make everything crazy and stressful. I really have to say, this was one of our easiest moves- EVER. It was definitely easier that moving into our place this time last year, that is for sure! For the first time John and I hired a mover, and it was great. We found out about Dee's Discount Delivery and Moving through my friend Maria. He showed up with his team, a moving truck and a pick up truck and all the equipment and made it happen. Wow. Our old place is especially a pain to move into, we were on the 13th floor of a high rise which we learned quickly in our year living in Hollywood, FL that this was NOT us...it was fun, the view was great, we were right by downtown Hollywood, lived above Starbucks, had a fancy pool on the roof and could walk to the beach. But we would rather have some space (I have my own studio! More on that later!!!) and be closer to our family and friends...so we could not be happier about the move back to Palm Beach County!! Yay!
Right after we moved into the new place we headed to spend some time with Uncle Tom and Aunt Lil at their place in Fort Pierce. This was a much needed break from unpacking and I am so glad we went. Below I made a collage of the pics from the moving craziness as well as our downtime...all surrounded by the last of my Barbie pieces:
I did manage to keep up with my artwork, I modified the way I worked but I did it. I had pieces that were in various stages of completion, and I had to work on them all kind of at once, but I managed to make at least a little time each day to work on my pieces, it was something that I really looked forward to especially with all that was going on.
I had so much fun doing this series, it was truly a trip down memory lane for me. All of the Barbies that I drew were ones that I actually owned when I was a kid, so it was fun to think back to that time. I have vivid memories of each one, the textures and colors of the clothing, the accessories that came with each one. When I was little I would take out my Barbies each day and play with them, brush their hair, change their clothes and I remember each night the last thing I would do was place them back my white shelf, posed and ready for the next day...yep, my #OCPDartist tendencies were showing at a young age!
Okay...it has been a little crazy. Hectic.
I have been...packing...meeting/setting up/ working on some commissions...napping...trying to get out and get some sunshine despite the daily thunderstorms...running around Hollywood picking up all of my artwork...I may or may not have broken a toe. (seriously, it is purple!) ...and watching soccer ESPN basically during all hours of the day.
But I did make my Barbie art, every day...no matter how crazy the day was.
Also on the agenda...and a project the overtook my LIFE for about a 48 hour period...working on my sister's baby shower invitations.
'Cause I wanted them to be personalized.
Then I saw the list. Gulp. I am not going to say numbers...just know...it was a big list. But I still wanted them to have some personlization to them...so, I designed the invitation, scanned the image, added text, copy and pasted it so there would be two per page, went to Staples and had them printed, bought pint envelopes, then handpainted the pink details. On every single invitation.
Because it was for my sister and I love her.
So...I wrote my last blog post about my self-imposed 'Camp Muse'...I made it up for myself...but then I started thinking... Maybe other folks would want a little extra motivation to be a little more creative this summer, too.
...I must say...this first week of summer vacation has been GREAT. I mean it. I have been enjoying it so far, drawing, packing, driving, napping...all on my own time and terms. And today, it dawned on me.
This is probably the first summer since I started teaching that I have not had some form of camp during the summer. Really.
So for almost the last twelve years, okay, let's say ten since there are two summers no accounted for...for all those years I have had a commitment to do some form of teaching in the summer. I do not regret any of those summers. Looking back through the pictures today I even got a little teary-eyed,especially when I was looking through my Legis School photos. And the art camps...so many little creative minds...so many art projects! Here is a look at all this camp-craziness;
...which brings me to right now, my first week my summer vacation 2014. Nothing. Not one camp lined up...and I am kind of excited about that. Instead of teaching camp...I am going to have my own camp, 'Camp Muse'...where hopefully I can spend my time making art, moving to our new space (more on that later), prepping for a new school year at a new school (definitely more on that later...positive thoughts this way please, I need'em!), spending time with family, felines and friends...and just...taking a minute to enjoy this time.
And I may still end up doing some camp-like thing...I know myself and I know I like to stay busy so I won't rule that out...but right now I really am relishing the thought of 'Camp Muse. It's gonna be awesome!
...click on the picture below to view a document I made...chronicling all the Barbie dolls I had as a child...OMG...I wish I still had them!