I also got an art work station set up in the corner of my room. This is big because in the winter it is too cold to be out in the garage studio, and I don't seem to have a nice space anywhere else that was at the right height to do my doodling and collaging.
Here is how it looks now - a place for everything and everything in its place. The table was my friend Susan's. She is moving far far away, but I will have this little piece of where she created to remember her by.
I think I hesitated to do any work in my bedroom since I moved in here three years ago, because I read somewhere when I moved that where you sleep should be your peaceful sanctuary. But, I feel so much more connected to my art when it is surrounding me in my sleep. The place I moved from had a huge bedroom and I never really left it which is an admission that makes me feel like a white trash mom on Wife Swap. I did my homework (while getting my MBA), my art, television watching and homework with my youngest, and I could see the pool from the window when she was out swimming.
This house is different - for one thing, that bedroom was upstairs, and a long way from the rest of the house. (I don't seem to like stairs...) This is a single level house and not terribly big. It's laid out in a square and its just a short hop and a skip out to the garage studio, or to the kitchen for a cup of tea from this new perch. And, with this setup, I don't bother the kids while they are in the family room watching TV and I don't have my art supplies scattered throughout the common area - a rule that if I expect others to follow, I must too.
I also have a new proposed hairdo, thanks to my youngest needing a wig to cover her pink hair when she volunteers on the explorer patrol. She made me try it on and I LOVE IT! Its official, I'm growing it out.
The story with these images is as follows:
I doodle absent-mindedly. Sometimes in bed, sometimes while watching television. I don't think too much about the image I'm drawing. I use fat Lyra colored pencils. I usually do the basic shapes, guided as always by colors first, then geometrical shapes. After I do the initial layout image, I may go back and enhance the colors by layering over more colors, filling in and refining the image and background. Sometimes I will add decorative detail, like the spherical shapes in this image.
At any rate, what is magical is that I put all these doodles away after the last bit of refining, thinking they were finished. Then recently, I pulled out this old biology textbook I got at the thrift store about a year ago. Combing through there for images that matched the colors of my doodles, I found some fascinating additions. Each one has it's own story to tell. What do you think?
(Remember, you can see a lot more detail by clicking on the image itself, and you can see the whole collection of 30 pieces at my Picasa Web Albums site.)
We are on the brink of a new administration. Out with the old.
I've been really waiting about 6 years for this day. I didn't really think Bush was too much of an idiot until early 2002, right after 9/11, when it became abundantly clear that he really didn't have a clue how to run this country.
This project, a series of six teabags and their wrappers, pays homage to the insanity we have been living with these past several years. Poor Obama - he has his work cut out for him.
This is Donald Rumsfeld. His image, as a faux postage stamp, is inside the spent tea bag.
On the teabag tag, the "daily meditation" reads:
On the envelope back are a series of the individual's most famous verbal gaffes, strung in a continuous line, with only the font altered for a little visual relief.
I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started. We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in
All the players...
There is something very satisfying about making your own stamps, and about seeing the pattern repeating on the sheet.
Yum! Tomorrow, I'll use some of these in an art piece, instead of the stamps from Ireland or Singapore.
These are different color versions of a graphic I did on spec for a major corporation's holiday card. They chose the red, with some swirlys added. I'll post that cleaned up version on Friday here. I'm available for your commissioned work! :)