Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sketchbook poetry

The first pages from my last three sketchbooks... 

Happy Thanksgiving, lovelies. 
So much gratitude today and always, for this life, these hands, and you.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Drawings (sketchbook)


Quick ecorche study during my evening class...

My students worked on master copies last week, so I did one too. This is a study after a beautiful little Raphael drawing, with a half-finished Richer pelvis on the right.

When life gets overwhelming, drawing is a wonderful constant.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Studio, November 2016

I've been meditating on two different quotes this week, the first by Theaster Gates:

"We cannot ask artists to do the work of presidents, ministers, social workers or private wealth. We can ask artists to be present and to speak truthfully from their core. This is the beginning of change."

and the second by Vincent van Gogh:

"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing."

Wednesday morning, I told my students that they have incredible power as artists and designers. We are culture-makers, image-creators, wizards with paintbrushes and tablet pens. Through our work we have the ability to shape the kind of world we want to see. The future is uncertain, as it ever was. Am I afraid? Yes. But I will not let that fear paralyze me. Unfortunately, my work is still relevant - it has never been more important to pay attention to our surroundings, particularly to the things that seem quiet, unimportant, or irrelevant. I will go on with my painting. This is the beginning of change.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

SOFA 2016

I was in Chicago for a hot minute yesterday, and had a chance to walk this year's SOFA show at Navy Pier. It was so restorative and inspiring. Below are a few of my favorites:

Carol Chave's "After Albers"

I had a great conversation with ceramicist Thomas Radca about wabi-sabi, the art of the imperfect, and the necessity of prioritizing studio time. It was a perfectly timed dose of clarity.

Chiara Lucato, "Confini liberi" (Free borders)
"Una griglia rigida pur mobile, una scacchiera per le regole del gioco, un contenitore per libert√† d'intelletto, sensibilit√† e audacia: in equilibrio instabile tra libert√† e vincolo esiste sempre la via dell'espressione creativa."