I gotta let ya'll in on a lil' secret...
Second secret...I am actually a pretty big 'fraidy cat.
But I wasn't always. Growing up, I loved to read Stephen King books and watch horror movies, probably through about 8th grade. I stopped reading/watching scary stuff for a while and years later I found that it scared me more than it used to. But I still love Halloween, always will. I have very positive associations with trick or treating as a kid...that one time mom let me have a Halloween party when I was in elementary school and my friends all came...decorating...those little glow stick thingys...watching Charlie Brown wait for the Great Pumpkin...and making my own costumes...as a big kid AND an adult!
Man, I love Halloween! Did I say that already?
Sometimes I struggle finding a theme for my monthly art series. I never have to think twice when it comes to October- I always have my inspiration. I hasn't always been specific to just Halloween, but I have hints of the holiday in each series;
...which brings me to right now...October 2016...
I knew that I wanted to use Halloween inspiration...but that's about it. Lucky for me, Micheal's (one of my favorite stores) started decorating super early. I noticed the cloche jars. I guess they have always been a part of the Halloween decor but maybe I didn't pay attention. Once I noticed them...I kept seeing them pop up, in other stores, in my Pinterest marathons...I just kept seeing this cloche-bell jar thing. (And side note, I realized I have never read the Bell Jar, so I guess I need to do that, too)
So I started looking them up and pinning them when I saw something fun. And I kept seeing them in store displays. I started to think about a series based on these...but there were challenges;
Challenge 1- Cost
Challenge 2- Tops and Bottoms
Challenge 3- Assembly
The last challenge is putting the works together, especially considering the bases will be in NC until mid-month and I haven't figured out the top of the jar yet. I am just going to go forward, make the daily piece that will 'live' in the bell jar. The pieces might not be fully realized until later in the month, but I am okay with that.
#AngelDropArt at Stitch Rock 2016!
Call me crazy, but I decided to paint angels for the swag bags at this year's Stitch Rock. There were a hundred of them. Yup, 100.
My arm hurt for a few days but...it was well worth it. Amanda Linton (Queen of Stitch Rock) is super sweet, this is the 10th year of the event...and I like the idea of folks opening the Art Hive Magazine that was in each bag and finding a lil' extra surprise :)
September 2016 series wrap up...
After spending the month focusing on fashion it only confirms what I already knew- I love fashion and fashion illustration. I missed it. I produced over 200 illustrations early on in this whole art every day gig, and then I hit a period of just...nothing. I made my daily art and other msc. pieces, but limited fashion illustrations, few and far between. Moving forward, I would like to continue to create these, and I need to learn so much more to improve my skills and my general knowledge base. That will be part of my goals for the rest of 2016 and looking to 2017.
Having said all that, here are my finished pieces from this month, which includes thirty daily pieces, four mixed media pieces and two finished fashion icon portraits. (not pictured, one hundred sixty #AngelDropART paintings and the two portraits of my granny I gifted to my mom and sister);
I got a little ahead of myself and started two side-series, the mixed media pieces and the fashion icon portraits. I lost steam on the mixed media pieces, I was originally intending to create one of those as a companion piece to the daily piece...every...day. I very quickly realized this would be too much and stopped, only to start ANOTHER side series, what I am calling the 'fashion icon' series. I have a list of different designers and iconic people of the fashion world that I would like to depict- I finished two and have four unfinished ones staring me down;
I was really beating myself up about not finishing this side series, I wanted to complete thirty this month and was really disappointed in myself that I didn't meet that goal. However, I am going to put them aside and work on them at some point, either as an on-going project or even as a future monthly series since I already started the research part. Some ideas that I have are focusing on just one or a couple of people each month and really trying to learn more about them and then drawing pieces from their collections if applicable. Just a thought.
I also wanted to post another pic of the final piece in the series, an illustration of Erin Robertson's winning design. Just for fun, I added some 'black light' details!
...back from what a trip home to NC and what seemed like the longest week ever. A week ago today my granny passed in her sleep after almost a ten year battle with Alzheimer's. The wake and funeral services were on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, and they were just like she would've have wanted them.
Two things that are very much the core of who I am came from my granny- my love being creative, working with my hands and my love for jewelry and sparkly things. I know that these things are a direct influence of her, and I am proud of that.
And I will keep doing those things...creating and being sparkly.
To my students...please check the 'Studio G' page for your options, which includes the second sketch options for this nine weeks. -JLG
September 15th Updates...
9-11-01, never forget.
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
— Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
Artist and Art Teacher