Yes, it’s been four days since I last posted. I had another project that needed my undivided attention, outside of taking care of baby. Baby has been wearing me out more lately, btw. She’s teething. She’s growing mentally and physically really fast I can’t take it! She’s going to be walking soon. She’ll be nine months old in a couple days and yet it seems like yesterday sometimes that she was this mushy, squishy, sleeping, milk-drinking, non-focusing infant. Now she’s exhibiting toddler-like qualities. She’s a smart and strong baby and I think she’s quite cute, even with the screaming at the top of her lungs, because she can. We shared fresh, sugar baby watermelon today.
From my Sketchbook Project sketchbook – Lonely Little Bird detail.
Got this image from an Instagram shot of an exhibit of dead animals in ‘natural’ positions and actions, encased in glass boxes. That’s why I like to call this one “Sealed.”
This is a piece that also started Life in 140 Characters. It’s a precursor, I would say. A friend of mine posted a few photos of a buck he bagged on a hunting trip a few months ago. There was something about the downed deer that caught my imagination. It has symbolic meaning – more than just my buddy’s hunting photo. Out of curiosity, I looked to see if there was any symbolism to hunted deer, and came across the article “India and the Constellation Orion Myths,” by Paul Heckert. I found the story rather fascinating. It’s an ancient Hindu myth about Prajapati, which parallels the Greek myth of the constellation Orion, who fell in love with his daughter, the sky. In the Hindu myth, the sky, or Dawn, took the form of a doe. To capture his love, Orion becomes a stag to seduce her. The other gods weren’t happy with this relationship and they created a deity to shoot and kill the buck. So twisted and tragically romantic.
This is the piece that started my series of Life in 140 Characters and she now has a face. I don’t want this to be a portrait. It doesn’t look like the person in the photograph for a reason–because this is something I am making into my own interpretation. It’s a social media posting I’ve turned into art. It’s a magical thing.
I am participating in the Sketchbook Project for 2013 and at first, I was a little stuck on what to do. Then, I got busy with other stuff, such as work, finding work, walking the dogs, and so on. Finally, I got some time to start on my little sketchbook, using, oh, I know – my Life in 140 Characters theme! For now, I have my pages in some sort of order, all numbered and what not, but I have a feeling it will become disorganized and out of order at some point, maybe pretty soon. Which is fantastic! The Sketchbook Project takes your completed book on tour, along with tens of thousands of other books, to libraries around the country or even the world — I think you can choose a tour for your book, but don’t quote me on that. I need to go back and look at the site. All I really know is that the beautiful sketchbooks go on tour and then after the tour, become a part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Library. It’s a neat idea and even though I’ve just started, it’s pretty fun and I come up with ideas as I go along. Spontaneity is the key to all kinds of cool things in art and in life! I’ll be showing my progress here as it moves along. So exciting, I know.
The website for the Sketchbook Project is http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject – check it out. I really love the videos that show and talk about the process and what goes into making it all happen. Very inspiring!
I’ve been goofing off with social media for the last couple years – tweeting, favoriting, liking, sharing funny videos and the social media list goes on. Before that, I had sworn I would never even start a Facebook account, but that’s where it began – being inspired by photos posted on my Facebook friends’ pages! I am fascinated by looking into the many windows to the souls of my Facebook friends. Some I know personally, and some I don’t, since they are either friends of friends or accounts of various businesses and personalities I am familiar with. There were two images that initally caught my interest in painting. One was a photo of two drag queens, so full of color and evocative of a lot of feelings, mostly fun and humor. Similar was the second image of a husband and wife couple dressed for a period party. The lady was in a puffy, Victorian style dress, with parisol and her hubby was in a Civil War military uniform. They were posing in their 1970s Rambler living room. I don’t know if I even have those images saved anywhere in my archives, but I do remember them and have been saving photos posted by me and other people around the world onto Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and Instagram.
I probably won’t put all of them to canvas or board. Only my favorites. Such as this one, currently in progress. I’ve come up with a title before starting this piece. “Dainty.” My friend, from art school, who’s last name I am using as the title, posted a photo of her daughter trying on a bright blue pair of 5 inch heels at a certain department store. The image and title mean many things that I want to convey. The painting isn’t complete, but soon will be and my goal is to endear it to the viewer in the same way it has to me. I like this one, it’s fun and light hearted, while at the same time bringing back memories from when I was becoming, (GASP!) a woman! Not an easy feat, NO!