Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Celebration of the Dove"

 
Sunday started out with a bang, literally.  They place a live dove in a cage and dangle it from a wire from one church to another.   There's something about if the dove survives there will be good crops.  After the flight there was an array of fireworks that would have stopped the heart of any animal or beast.  Have been sketching constantly.  Will try to post soon.  Internet access is tricky.  Ciao.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Orvieto

Woke up in Italy this morning.  Beautiful town of Orvieto.  Pictures to come.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Lithograph

This is the full lithograph 8" X 20".  I think the style I used here is similar to Jim Nutt one of the "Hairy Who" in Chicago. It will be folded in the middle when it is placed in the print portfolio.  The full meaning of the combined personalities is a "Balanced Woman".  Nature has many sides, from malestrom to placid calm...both combined to create balance. Buddist believe that we should accept the good with the bad.  Learn to accept things that we cannot change and how to "bend" with the wind.  I have signed and packed them to shop tomorrow.  Busy.  Going out tonight with old friends.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother


My mother was born in Kentucky.  Her brother died of scarlet fever when he was about 2 and her Mother died shortly after that of tuberculosis.  
She moved to Memphis in the 1940's.  This is a detail of a large older drawing, one that she did of her classmates in high school. I've always wanted to draw like her.  
A recent portrait I did of Mom.  At first, wasn't sure if I liked it because... she looks like she has a scowl on her face and it doesn't represent her very well...she's very sweet, think she's tired and concentrating very hard not to fall asleep while I'm drawing her.  A few months later,  I was going through some old photos of my Mother as a child and found this fun comparison of her then and now. 
This is my daughter's first Mother's day, too.  Happy Mother's day...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sketchbook drawing

Big sketch I did yesterday.  I know it is sooooooo different from my "Dick and Jane" style of prints but I like to give myself total freedon in my sketchbooks. I'm always taking big style leaps.  Think I discover new ideas more without restricting my art to just one style.

Have been helping students print.

Procrastinating again...  need to run errands and can't start on a project that takes longer than an hour.  Picking up artwork from a show, buying envelopes for a friend's invites to a party..."A3" is back in town, going to a printmaking picnic.  Cute, huh?  There is a great group of young printmakers at the UofA.  They do cool stuff.  "A4" is working on his engineering capstone project.  His team presents Tuesday.  MUST print on Monday or at least draw on my stone.  "A3" is working in the garden.