I have only been posting partial views (like this one) of what I have been working on so far this month. At first it is because I was waiting to introduce the series. Then the series changed, and I was only posting 'peeks' because I was trying to keep it a secret- until at least til this past Friday.
First, let me give the back story.
Long story short, our cousin's wife is good for a surprise package in the mail out of nowhere packed with fun stuff just 'cause. Oh, and I should mention that she is an art teacher, so that means the gifts are EXTRA good! A while back one of the items in the package was a fab 'Feminist Saints' book. I read it, then put it in the windowsill with some of my other smaller books (which is why it is discolored)
I thought, 'hey- maybe this month I will focus on women (and maybe some fellas) that inspire me'. Saints? not so much. Inspirational? So much yes.
So there's that.
May 2013, 'flowers'
November 2013, 'mustache'
May 2017, 'greek/roman myths'
May 2018, 'bridal illustrations'
'Love is Calling' ...trip to Tampa- so goood!
Here are the first four *art saints:
(*Disclaimer: Not sure if that is what I will be calling the series yet)
I pushed myself (and my students) to get things as ready as we could before I left for my trip, that way when I came back I could add in any pieces that they re-vised when I got back, then we cold double check everything and send it off the day before the deadline.
We had our final 3D photoshoots for Elmwood and Junique's recycled garments and Jean's cosplay before I left....and any time I had a second I was running behind my 2D kids to see what they were working on, offer some comments, snap pictures...it was a busy time. And it didn't stop when I got on that plane in Fort Lauderdale, or off it in Raleigh. When I was in North Carolina I was spending every night on the computer going through the final images and editing. I think some AP teachers have their students do this, and that's nice and all, but I am a control freak (a nice one) and have OCPD impulses (that are totally unchecked) and well...that's not the way I roll.
And then something happened without me knowing it, or even thinking about it...and I will get to that, but I want you to see what I saw;
I realized that yeah, I have my favorite artists from art history and also contemporary artists...but I actually TEACH some of my favorite artists (and there is totally a t-shirt out there that says that and I need it ASAP!) And they are in my 2D/3D AP Studio art sections and my Portfolio sections...and the ones so far that I have featured are leaving me. They are my graduating seniors.
So, that's my excuse for not posting the final images for eighteen days.
I am not sure who I will add to the collection now. I have three remaining girls in my advanced class, all underclassmen. Two are AP, on Portfolio. I am not sure if am going to add them to the series...or make'em wait til THEY are the seniors. I have to think about it.
So, I am naming my April series AND writing a bit of a 'closing' to that same series...ummm....
14 days AFTER it ended.
But hey, it's not 15 days, right?
I am REVISITING a theme that I have used several times, the idea of butterflies interacting or incorporated somehow with my whimsical big eyed gals. Sometimes I would do this within the garment or details of the figure, almost like an adornment of fashion statement. In this case, there are small butterflies in each piece that the figure interacts with, even if only a little bit.
And these Bellas are RECYCLED, so that sets them apart from my previous butterfly ladies. For this series various parts of the work, sometimes the hair, or the clothing, the background or bits of everything, include actual 'trash'. I used mostly newspaper and magazine scraps, the foil tops of Mackie and Milky's food (those are our cats), plastic drink rings, and also pieces of 'junk mail' that I had on hand.
Here is a peek at my first 'Butterfly Bellas' series (below)... and to read more about not only THIS series but also other butterfly pieces I have created over the years (well, up to 2016!) visit this link, https://www.jenniferlovegironda.com/blog/new-series-for-july.
And here is the latest version of my
'Butterfly Bellas' with the recycled twist;
A few things were consistent throughout the series, the wide-eyed female, with exaggerated eyelashes, small nose and mouth, and a thin neck. The faces were done with my mechanical pencil, then a touch of watercolor in the eye and on the lips. Lashes were sometimes done in black pen/marker or paint, or both. I used watercolor to add color to the backgrounds for the majority of the series, starting with just literal splashes on a mostly white background, then adding more solid areas of color until yielding to collage. The use of recycled elements in each work was also part of the theme- but as the month went on I would use more and more recycled material, starting with just the hair and butterfly motif and ending with a mostly collaged/recycled group of works.
And that, my friends is my closing for my April 2019 series. But don't worry, you know I like drawing/painting pretty ladies and butterflies, so there will be more Bellas in the future...I just don't know when.
Artist and Art Teacher