I gotta say, it was another great trip. Willie Nelson was amazing, as was Sturgill Simpson...the barbecue and tacos were delicious...the honky-tonks were fun...the art was EVERYWHERE...oh, and it was fun visiting out NC/NY friend Scott and his kitty Surfer Girl, too!
All in all, it was a great trip...and yup, I made art every day I was there!
...and of COURSE I worked on my daily art while I was in Austin!
I planned my materials for this month knowing that I would be taking this trip- and also considering a visit from John's sister...a glass fusing workshop with my students...teaching a week of Fashion Camp...an Art Hive event...annnnnd an AP Workshop. Let's just say it's gonna be kinda hectic- so I planned on using the graphitone pencils, watercolors and ink based on portability.
What I guess I forgot was DRY TIME- yikes! I reckon I could grab a hair dryer to speed up the process- but not while traveling. So I had to start my pieces earlier in the day, even if it was in small spurts to allow for my dry time. For example, it might take me a few minutes to lightly sketch out the image and then do the first layer of graphitone on the face- but then I would go back in with 1-2 more layers to build up value, each layer having to dry. Same with the watercolor. So working a little here and there has been my saving grace so far.
I started my first piece on the plane. I used an ice cube for my 'water' on the face. Not ideal- but it worked!
At Scott's...sometimes I would work sitting on the bed in the AC (it was SO hot in Austin!) However, when it was cooler I did make use of the table outside on the porch- and used plenty of bug spray! His little cat Surfer Girl wasn't too interested in what I was doing- she just wanted me to brush her and watch her nap.
These are the finished pieces from our time in Austin (and traveling)
...and these are the two pieces from this past weekend, after getting a ton of sleep and unpacking.
...oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister, Morgan!! Love you!
I just kept thinking about butterflies, so butterflies it is!
Butterflies are a reoccurring theme in my work since...well, since forever. I was thinking, 'hey, I should write up an intro- you know, give some background on why I keep using butterflies in my work.'
...just a sample of some work I have created that includes butterfly imagery. With the exception of the piece in the top left corner, all of these works have been created since 2012...and most are parts of monthly themes that have 27-30 other pieces in 'em. You can tell that some of these are from the same month/theme...but still...that's a whole lotta butterflies, ya'll!
I took a bit of time back in 2016 to give some proper background and I feel that it still fits- so for once in my life I am going to make it easier on myself and say, hey- please visit that link (above) for more background info!
In the meantime, here is my most recent series dedicated to butterflies- my #ButterflyBellaJLG series from July 2016. I really loved how this series turned out so I am so excited about revisiting it...and you know, I am just excited to get back to my big eyed ladies- it's been a minute!
; What will be new for this round? I'm not sure. I can already see from the first two gals that I am making an effort to give some kind of background, even if it's just some light, textured watercolor. I thought about maybe doing some mixed media elements later in the series...gonna leave it open-ended and see what takes flight!
Well, I finished up my June 2018 series focusing on handbags and shoes. I ended up completing 41 pieces total in this series, and I never gave it a separate name- it falls under #DrawnToFashionJLG so that it will show up with my other fashion illustrations.
Here is the whole month at a glance;
You know, I'm not sure. I had planned on revisiting my #PaperCutsJLG series from last July. That is the series that I was working on this time last year when we went to Austin to see Willie for the 4th...which we happen to be doing again this year- yay!
I had planned on picking back up where I left off with that last year, going right back into the paper cut/drawing/watercolor combos where I left off- this time introducing some alcohol ink backgrounds and playing with embossing. I actually already bought the stuff for the new media...but I don't know.
I keep thinking about butterflies.
So I guess I will play around tonight and see what I come up with. I'm feeling kinda indecisive, but I do feel like it will between the two themes- papercuts or butterflies, and I feel like whichever one I don't choose I will use for August.
But ya never know.
In the meantime, here are links to my previous July themes, just for fun!