Well, I spent a whole lotta time in airports today... 7am to almost 9pm...let's just say that today was no walk in the park. My saving grace was my art. I had my sketchbook, my drawing pencils and my watercolor set so I had a way to pass the time...and pass the time I did. In addition to the two CED shoes that I had started working on Friday during the flight to Atlanta and the funky lady with the watercolor hair...I...ummmm...kind of went crazy and drew five more pieces...four ladies and one set of eyes. Well, I did say I wanted to get back into drawing....
So anyway, here is a little ol' slideshow of the weekend's adventures in art...and I included some cool recycled fashions on display at the airport in Atlanta...made me want to make a garment....hmmmmmm....
...so, somewhere way up in the sky this evening I sketched and painted en route from West Palm to Atlanta...and, you know, they really don't give you much room to make art on planes these days, tsk, tsk...lucky for me no one was sitting in the middle seat, so I had a little bit of room. Just listened to my EBadu and made some art. If I would have known the second flight was going to take so long I would have started another piece...but now I am in Biloxi and I just want to finish this post and go to sleep...
and...I actually started a few pieces, not just the one above...(left) a sketch of me making a sketch/painting, working on a response piece to the fact that the talented Miss Etta James passed today...(middle) and two CED (shoe) paintings...and lastly (right), just the painting that came to me as I was sitting on the plane...all the works pictured below are in-progress and I hope to complete by the end of the weekend.
...ready for my next judging gig...and all done with my Creative Every Day piece number nineteen.
I think it might be 'new' shoes for the rest of the month...looks that way, at least...
...wake up at 5am get ready and drive to school...teach art to my awesome students...take nap...coach my lovely cheer divas...drive to Jessie's and PAINT!
That was my day...starts again in about four and a half hours....
'A fine suggestion, a sketch with great feeling, can be as expressive as the most finished product.' -Eugene Delacroix
I posted this pic last night...but I wanted to write about it just a little bit this morning. Per the caption, this is a piece that I found, or that found me- we were reunited. It fell out of a sketchbook. I can't even remember when I started this one. It is small, about 5x7 inches. I had completed the right thumb, the figure and most of the left hand. I remember that when I was working on this one, whenever that was, I was looking at my own hand while I was drawing and, well, drawing my hand drawing the work. As confusing as that may sound, it made it a little difficult to draw, but I thought it would be a fun challenge at the time.
So anyway, the drawing falls out yesterday when I am packing up supplies to take to Jessie's. I just threw it in with my stuff, kind of an afterthought. When I pulled the drawing out to work on it, I decided to add some color, the flowing hair and the sparkle to show the elements that I like and often include in my work. Kind of like a metaphorical me thinking about what inspires me. Anyway, just wanted to mention that before the thought is lost in today's projects.
Sunday...so much more enjoyable when you know you have another day off work the next day! So today...packed up some paints and msc. art materials and headed to Jessie's for an afternoon of art. We were both using watercolors to create our figurative works for the next ANE show...great minds think alike! I worked on my Creative Every Day piece for day #15, revisited an old sketch that I found, and finished the hair on the two ladies that I started to paint last night.
...but the most significant part of the day...for me...I picked up a needle and thread and did some beading.
I tried to remember the last time I beaded...stitched...sadly, I think it was in May of 2009 for my graduate show. I love this type of work, beading, stitching, embellishing... I felt like I was kind of on to something when I was creating the work for my graduate show...but I just...stopped.
Now, I could make up excuses. I was busy with graduation. I was busy packing for Japan. I was trying to search for jobs in Florida. I was busy with the move to Florida. I was busy starting over at a new school teaching a new age group. And all of that is true. I was busy. I have managed to reconnect with my art in terms of putting paint on canvas and marks on paper...but I didn't dare pick up a needle and thread. But today, I did. Thank you Jessie and Sofia. If you guys had not been working on Sofia's veil I would have never picked up that needle and thread. Jessie had gathered and attached the veil to the comb, and hand stitched all of the lace to the sheer fabric. My contribution? Completely covering the comb with small white pearl seed beads, sewn one at a time like I love...covering where the veil and comb are attached. A hour of beading those little pearls on the top of the veil...I am back. I remember.
Looking forward to seeing where this leads...
...at least that's what Google Translate told me.
Fairly productive day. I really have been putting off starting my pieces for the ANE Chinese New Year show coming up. Just haven't been able to wrap my mind around it. Also...distracted by the excitement of having a visiting artist in my class...My sixth graders are going to be working on some pieces inspired by Asian art for the next few weeks, focused on Chinese New Year (convenient, huh?) and that has at least given me some background and a few ideas. And of course I have talked it over with the other Tipsy Art Girls to brainstorm and get feedback... I just haven't really sat down and put a pencil or brush to paper yet. Until today.
While I was waiting on my CED 14 to dry (one drawback to using watercolors) I decided to go ahead and get something sketched out...then started the first layers of paint on that...and of course then I had to wait for that to dry...so I started a second image. When I was working on the hair I remembered I had a straw lying around and...well, I figured I could make some cool hair if I blew the wet paint around with the straw. So far I like the effect, might add some more layers tomorrow.
Now...time to watch some tv and maybe add some razzle dazzle to the chinese take-out cartons I picked up today...hey, what can I say, I love sparkle.
My CED work for today...why, it's a collaboration.
I woke up this morning and thought, I need to create a piece and have TQueen tag it.
So, I did.
Yeah...if I was graffiti artist my tag would definitely read, 'da Muse. For sure.
So...day one of the graffiti presentation...success! The kids were engaged...excited...it was the perfect fit. Shout out to Erica Winston, aka 'TQueen', you did an amazing job! Can't wait for day two with the new group...and I hope your hand doesn't fall off from 'tagging' everyone's notebooks and nametags!
Alright...spent too much time making the slide show...gotta go paint a little so I can post CED 12...
...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