For blogging purposes I have traded the convenience of my tiny but slightly crummy digital camera (that fits in my pocket!), for the superior quality of my more unwieldy Canon Digital Rebel. Check out the color quality. So worth it!
Here's a peek at what I've been working on for the past couple of days:
Then I will cut it apart in places, rearrange the pieces, sew some of them back together, and sew on some other creatures.
I also redrew this image today. The first version is on the left, the new one is on the right. I had a little mishap with a pair of scissors and the original, during which I cut all around the edge of the drawing. It looked way too static, so I drew this new version which better captures the ephemeral quality and movement I was going for.
Check out the little tendril reaching up for the bars of the cage!
Here are some new discoveries and delicious pieces of inspiration from the latest edition of New American Paintings (Northeast Edition):
Naoe Suzuki, Splendor of Amazing Boys, Girls and Animals #1
mineral pigment, graphite on paper
41" x 82"
Suzuki is a Newton-based artist who shows at Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston MA. I'm definitely keeping an eye out for her next show!
Kako Ueda, Octopus Head
hand-cut wa-shi paper
12" x 31"
Ueda is a NY-based artist showing at George Adams Gallery in NYC.
Kako Ueda, Tree of Life
hand-cut paper with acrylic
49" x 22"
Ueda's paper-cuts make mine look really, really crude! Ah well. I still like them. And I feel inspired to improve my skills! Here's a peek at one that I've been working on:
I stained this piece of rice paper with watercolor and cut out the magnolia tree silhouette with an x-acto knife. I've been experimenting with cut-paper forest images. I'll post some examples of this work tomorrow. I've put the series on hold for a little bit, while I dig deeper into some of my other ideas.
On another note, here's another bit of inspiration, drawn by one of my eight-year-old students in Arlington. I can't get over how much I love this picture. Check out those searching lines and the variety of marks!