Saturday, April 2, 2016
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Well, my garden is planted for the year. I am just growing roesemary, basil, sage and thyme in pots in my studio window. Everything is all set. Fun fact: It is not a good idea to put your herb garden on a ledge over the area where you are storing all your paper and framed drawings. Just don't. Oh, well, it all turned out okay. Everything has now been rearranged for peaceful coexistence.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
This was the Poem of the Day, based upon this painting. It reminded me of a drawing project that I have students do, which I learned myself from Steve Levin at Virginia Intermont College. Students pick a work from art history to describe to a partner who must draw sight unseen from the the first student's description of the painting. It encourages a careful observation of what is going on in a picture, and depending upon the class who is doing the exercise, it is a boisterous experience often full of laughter and surprise.
I enjoyed this poem immensely. I read it without having seen the particular Soutine, and then wondered what one would draw if given the description of the poem. It makes me think there should be more poet and painter collaborations, though in someways poetry needs more room than that. By that I mean, poets interpret paintings a lot, but the other way around, is that going to be too literal, is that going to miss the mark that poetry aims for?
Sunday, March 20, 2016
This is the piece I am submitting for the Artspace Back to the Future Gala and Auction. Click tofind out more about the Gala on April 30th as Artspace.
Monday, March 14, 2016
I am fortunate enough this year to actually have spring break, and that means for two weeks, my time is my own. It has been a long time since this has happened and I am anxious that I do not squander it. Today, I spent much of the day on an project in Adobe Illustrator. I am notorious for starting projects and wandering off when they are about half-way done. I have a bunch of projects in this state, either classes I am taking, or projects of my own. It is my way. I am trying to stop leaving things half-done, however. The project I am working on right now is a class I found via the Skillshare.com website. It is called Illustrate your Day: An Introduction to Symbol Design and it is taught by Edward Boatman of the Noun Project and it is about making simple icons in Adobe Illustrator. It combines that crazy daily journaling that I have come to adore and share in a lot of my teaching, and a clear quick tutorial of Adobe Illustrator tools. So, since I am teaching Graphic Design at Hopkins this term, I am loving the tutorial and the assignment that goes with it. I am adapting this for my class, so I am hopeful going to complete this tutorial and share it after spring break.
The videos are short and easy to follow. I did the list and the sketches quickly and am working my way now through the icons. I made 6 icons today. Pretty much between 11 am and 5 pm. So it was a pretty productive day. This weekend, my first two days of spring break, were given over to domestic duties, such as baking bread and granola, doing laundry and raking. I am also sort of dieting and exercising more, but nothing too crazy. I am doing couch to 10K, still closer to couch than to 10K.
Oh, I found a great web comic to read too: I think you're saucesome and I am reading it from the beginning.