077:365 Gracie Takes a Bath!

077:365 Gracie takes a bath.

Gracie was trying to look cute this morning so I’d give him some “coffee.” He rolls back and forth, stretching. Then he realizes that he looks a little silly and pretends that he was just going to take a bath.

Cats are so funny!

Not much else to say today.  Playing with a new technique: Build up color, layer, scratch off, repeat.  Gracie the glowing orange kitty.

061:365 Cat Border

061:365 Cat Border

Today, I woke up early and dove into some needlework, knitting, and diagramming. Those make for very boring viewing though, so after helping friends move, doing my freelance job, and my usual daily driving, plus some unpacking and organizing of my own, I felt like something fun this evening.

Thus, doodle-cats dancing and stretching en masse.

This is a cat design that I use sometimes in example drawings with kids. They don’t necessarily think of legs and body as one unit and seeing an adult do that can help them see bodies as whole forms over time.

One of my favorite teacher-tasks is sorting kids’ drawings at the end of a term. It gets so you know who does mitten-hands, who does stick and ball ones, and who does squiggle fingers. In any given Kindergarten group, out of 160+ kids, I would most often know which kid did which drawing without looking at a name. It changes a little as they get older, because some of them figure out that they can learn by copying and so if the “class artist” or at least the student the other children perceive as the “artist” draws something, the others will copy.

053:365 Recessional

053:365 Recessional

When I was small, maybe 7 or 8 years old, I remember my dad trying to teach me how to draw a box in perspective.  He drew one box on top of another box, attached some lines and then erased others.  Now, the idea of lines creating a recession of space makes perfect sense to me, but my 8 year old self thought it was magical.

When I lived in Madrid, one Sunday morning, during the free hours, I went and saw the last day of a retrospective on the work of Pablo Palazuelo.  Looking at the way he layered lines to create superimposed imaginary spaces made me feel like I was small again.  Here were paintings that created a sense of vertigo with their contrasting colors and broken cubes.

For a long time Abstract Art had no pull for me, but now, the contemplation of space and imagination opens whole new areas of thought.  How do we see space? How can we imagine space on a plane? Is there more to space than what we see?  How are space and time related?

Today I meant to draw my drawing when I first woke up, and then thought, no I better do some work.  So I did some dishes, some laundry, tried to rid myself of a migraine, and suddenly the time left to do my drawing had disappeared.  I wished that I could erase those moments of hesitation from the morning and just do the drawing then, but now it is now and I can’t.

Hope you enjoy my Time Machine!

052:365 Palladium

052:365 Palladium

Today a study in not-quite pattern.

When our Art History teacher told us about Mannerist Architecture in my High School Humanities class, I was fascinated. Why would you make a huge building with purposely poor proportional relationships?

Anyway, this non-Palladian mis-match pattern was inspired by that concept.

Most of the art that I make I try to play with pattern and how it creates beauty. From Fibonacci to Fractals, mathematics rhythm can be expressed through symmetry, and in this piece, I try to use almost symmetrical forms drawn free-hand to play with the idea of ideal proportion and mathematical beauty.

049:365 Medallion

049:365 Medallion

Today, a further exploration of passivity meeting activity.  Partially inspired by Japanese Family Crests, which are monotone or black and white forms in circles, squares, or other shapes, this medallion is a study on the fluidity between action and non-action.  The dynamic white part of the image resembles a wave, and the other part maybe a curled resting animal.  I think I’ll develop this idea a little more, maybe make a Mikey-sleeping-with-his-head-upside-down medallion.