It’s been a while since my last post, but I am home from tour and finally getting back to creative work. First things first:
Today, June 30th, marks the half-way point in my 2013 Quest for Excellence (an attempt at a weekly post of visual art.) Allow me to catch up with the weeks I missed:
Week 23: June 9th
“Freedom Within” revisited (work in progress)
Acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas
This has been a work in progress since autumn 2011. I had moved back in with my parents (from Queens, NY to Lansing, MI) and bought a canvas and some orange paint, just to see what would happen. I painted the whole canvas orange. I started to paint an image over it, but quickly lost my creative juices and left it alone. Every couple months I would come back to the canvas and try something new. One day I began to paint an image based on one of my drawings from Puerto Rico, 2012. The painting has been on my wall for over a year, and every few months I will add something new to it. (After Christmas I placed glass nativity figures atop the canvas, just because I needed a place for them to sit. 6 months later and they still rest there, unattached.) One of the most recent additions is paper cutouts of a photocopy of the original drawing.
Week 24: June 16th
Pencil on paper
The month of June means the beginning of summer art programs at REACH. I am thrilled to be a part of Teen Open Studio. Last week we had a new student who wanted to draw for the first time. I helped her sketch a bunny rabbit step by step (by drawing on my own paper and having her follow). When she proudly showed off her first drawing I looked back at my paper to see that one of my demo rabbits was headless. I glanced over at the tiger eyeing me from the cover of an animal book and couldn’t stop my imagination from combining the images. And that’s how the bunny-tiger came to be.
Back at REACH we have a new building. Since it is about to be renovated we got permission to paint on the condemned walls. The assignment: each student should paint his/her “spirit animal.” The first day I walked around the room admiring the work of the teens. The second day I decided to join the fun and paint an animal of my own.
Week 26: June 30th
Like a Child
Watercolor, pen, and acrylic paint on paper. 8 1/2×11″
This month I went to a birthday party for a 4-year-old. I bought her a basic set of watercolors and brushes (gotta start ’em young!)… and proceeded to buy the same for myself. That was a few weeks ago. I finally sat down and played with them. The work started out so simple and subtle, but I kept adding and adding to it until I reached the point of, “Ummm…. just took it too far. It was better before and now it looks like a hot mess.” Which, in my book, means that it’s time to make things even messier.
Thus completes the first half of the 2013 Quest for Excellence!