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.
But like most artists, it is a dream of mine to go to Paris. And seeing Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is on my list once I get there.
Only I almost wrote that in past tense...'cause the world almost lost this treasure. Seeing the reaction around the world to the fire in Paris of this sacred structure reminded me that at the end of the day- art and architecture matters. History matters. Beauty matters.
And we can all rally behind that...and that gives me hope.
One day I will go to Paris and light a candle in that cathedral- the prayer will be that we will always protect art and history, and that it will keep us connected to our humanity.
If you got the reference right away-
you are obviously 'my people.
If you didn't it's okay...but you really GOTta start watching Game of Thrones, cause it's the best!
Okay, so long story short...I kinda...well, I kinda don't know what I am calling my current series.
And yes, I'm in day 16 and just now getting around to do a series intro. But as I mentioned in my last post, this kind of thing is a huge source of stress for me and my OCPD ways- so even if it's 16 days late, I need to have a proper intro...even if I have no idea what the series is called.
So far this year I created watercolor fashion illustrations, Frida-inspired paintings and played with gold leaf (and acrylic and spray paint!) for a month. I wanted to get back to some just plain ol' pencil drawing BUT I also wanted to use some recycled materials since Earth Day is later this month...and I often work with recycled materials in jewelry, and of course with my fashion club/3D AP students.
I actually started off playing around with two different ideas-then abandoned them.
Then...I kinda figured it out. Here are two inspirations behind my new series;
I just knew I really wanted to work with recycled materials...and I kinda went from there. I decided to style the current series after my 'Butterfly Bellas' that I have done in the past, and then just have fun incorporating the recycled materials- mostly in the hair right now. I am also adding a small reoccuring butterfly motif in each piece just to keep it cohesive.
Here are the first 14 images...still no name for the series...
Having said, er...TYPED that...here is a brief summary of March, written two weeks late, in a few photos at least;
Equality Florida Gala...or as I call it an excuse to wear a shower curtain and some DIY accessories
Jess and Angela invited me to the Equality Florida 'pop art' themed gala a while back and I knew I wanted to do something with an (unused) shower curtain that I have randomly had for years and years. Originally I wanted to make a big ball gown style skirt and wear it with a simple scoop neck shirt...but honestly I wanted to do as little if any sewing. I quickly figured out that with one small but for an armhole, a tiny bit of glue and a good, wide belt I could create a one-shoulder silhouette with the shower curtain- with a black dress underneath 'cause I ain't down for a wardrobe malfunction.
The purse was a lil' $3 number from Goodwill that I hand painted with Warhol's portrait on the front and back. I completed the look with some disco balls I wired to create 'charms' on a link bracelet I had with matching earrings.
Long story short- the dress was a hit! And I was surprised- but I didn't sweat to death, I was worried about that.
For more pics of the event check out the link on the Art Hive Magazine blog;
Little Black Dress paintings for my friend, Tiff
I saw that my friend Tiffany posted that the organization that she is a part of, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, was having a 'Little Black Dress' event...so I reached out to her to create some paintings to raffle off/giveaway at the event. We both used to coach cheer at LWHS, she was Varsity and I coached JV. Tiffany left teaching to venture out doing social media consulting and has been wildly successful- so excited for her! And I have actually had a student benefit from the NCBW leadership programs earlier this school year.
I sure miss seeing Tiff at school but it great to see her on social media helping others and watching her brand grow!
Martinis in heaven
March is always such a tough month for us. We lost John's mom in 2005 before we got married. This year we unexpectedly lost John's uncle Vinny. It just happened so suddenly and we never got a chance to say goodbye. I still can't believe it, and I can't even begin to express what an amazing soul he was...there are no words.
...and it has been SUPER busy at school...
Work doesn't slow down, there is always something to be working on and my brother Blud and I try to never miss an opportunity for our LWHS students. In the middle of all that was going on- Bludworth and I pulled off having the kids paint five 'Little Free Libraries' for the City of West Palm Beach from raw wood to finished aquatic creation in a matter of three days.
Yep, we did that (and you know what? They really aren't 'little'...they are a pretty good size!)
For more pics from the event that we made the LFL's for, check out my classroom instagram, @studio2_110.
Thankfully, there is always my daily art.
When things are good, and even when they aren't I can count on my art time as a way to escape for a while. I couldn't really wrap my head around the last part of the month, I continued the daily art but there was so much going on that maybe my pieces don't go as well with the series...I may have went off on a mini tangent within the body of work, but I won't beat myself up about it. All in all I like the way the series developed, like some of the pieces more than others...and I will likely revisit the series again in the future.
And here it is;
...what can I say? I love Gustav Klimt- any anything shiny/sparkly!
Klimt has been my favorite artist since high school...and the sparkle actually goes back farther than that.
I will take some time maybe later this month to write more about past 'Klimt-inspired' pieces shown in this post...but for now I just want to share some of the images that I have made since I started with my daily art challenge to myself.
First up, July 2012. I was working with the idea of a mandala motif and the gold crept into the series pretty early one...from there it got pretty decorative, my own nod to my favorite artist. To see each image, click here.
And I got REALLY into it...so I made some extra pieces...
Like...it was (and still is)
One of my pieces actually made the cover of Art Hive Magazine!
It was such a surprise! I was judging a cheer competition in Disney when I got the text from Jess! That is still one of my proudest 'art moments'.
Some time passed, and then Klimt showed up in a few pieces during my November 2013 series, inspired by 'No shave November'. I was working with a mustache theme that month. Kinda random- but it turned out to be a fun series.
More time passed...then in January 2015 Klimt showed up in my first 'Miss Matchy Matchy' series...
Fast forward to November 2016...I did a whole series I called 'Golden Girls' inspired by my interpretation of Klimt, and in honor of a special trip to NYC to see his work...more on that in a later post!
And for March 2019 I am revisiting my 'Golden Girls' theme, this time working with acrylic paint and spray paint on cardboard and trying my hand at using gold leaf...which is a bit of a learning curve so far.
I need to take individual pics tomorrow, but here is the series so far- five pieces in;
...and here is the inspiration behind all the 'sleepy' images;
When I first started doing the daily rt I would obsess over the consistency in the series. Okay, let me step back- if you don't know me, obsessing over little things is kinda my jam. I had a bit of a chaotic childhood, some instability, some trauma...I won't get into it all but I know that the adult version of myself finds comfort in order and sameness as result of how I grew up. I just accept it and try to make it work for me...except when it doesn't.
I would in my mind insist that the sizes of my pieces had to be the same, the materials had to be the same. Was there a narrative element in the works? If so- they had to be in order...show a progression...at least to me.
And then, I don't know how many years in I realized that it was okay if sizes and materials change. I gave myself permission to have more fun and explore my theme...and I think that has made me happier with the results.
When I first started the Frida series, my intention was to translate her into fashion illustrations. But that soon fell to the wayside- I felt pulled to portraits based on her own focus on her (self) portraits.
I incorporated her words from the diary...until I stopped doing that.
I sanded the surface until I didn't anymore.
I used spray paint and stencils...except when I didn't.
And in the end, the series ended very much different from it began, painterly portraits of Frida. I am sure I will revisit her again at some point, she is always with me in spirit.
Here is the complete series;
...and of course I have a blog post to go with this;
...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