You thought I gave up right? Thanks for the vote of confidence! I'm here. Yesterday was my birthday and it was an action packed day. The best I could eek out was a series of self portraits with my new lens...yummy! One of which I will share....
2 things... are those caterpillars or my eyebrows? Whoa! And...I broke my glasses yesterday...notice the lovely tape job.
Today I putzed around with some pencils, but nothing really struck my fancy, so I headed to the thrift store in search of some old dictionaries and maps. Dictionaries (3) check, maps (0) boo. Looking forward to cutting these up.
And lastly I found a certain coloring book my nieces left here after their visit recently. I have no idea how we missed it, because it is HUGE, or how it ended up under one of the living room chairs, but it is found now! So my art today is actually M-'s art from the other day. Found art!
All day I have been thinking about Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It's still a little bit away, but it has been on my mind all day today! Have you ever been to a Día de los Muertos get together? When I lived in New Mexico I attended a feast at a friends house for Día de los Muertos. It was beautiful, fun, and quite special. The family had come to America years ago by the hard work and cunning of the patriarch. Now, quite settled they had an altar year round for loved ones lost, and for all the lost souls who died attempting to cross the border and were never heard from again.
During Día de los Muertos the family's altar was overflowing and adorned with food, gifts, letters, and special trinkets that were or would have been special to those who couldn't be with us. Another beautiful thing they did, aside from cooking a special menu, chosen especially for the family's aunt who had recently passed, was to set an extra place at the table for her. Full plate, napkin, cutlery and the works.
Thank you J. Ramirez and family for the inspiration.
Today, I made a little ink and watercolor Día de los Muertos skull drawing.
So my hands were having some trouble today, numbness and tingling, so I didn't accomplish too much on this today, but I thought I'd show you where it is going. So many more dots needed for this drawing! This is what it looked like yesterday.
Happy Thursday! You know what that means...my Art today is from my drawing class.
Today we did an exercise in negative space/positive space. We were to draw the objects and with color fill the negative spaces, leaving the positive space white. It was interesting. What you are about to see isn't complete, but it is my Art today! Enjoy.
It is always interesting to see what a room of people come up with, while looking at the same things! Some people did amazing pastel work, radiating like flames from the objects, the gal next to me used oil pastels in layers and then with a razor scratched an interesting texture, there were also variations on tye-dye, cross-hatching and color blocking.
I loooove dots so I tried to incorporate them, the yellow to fill in the small spaces, and I plan on adding some blue in there somehow too. I'll be sure and update when I work on this more.
So yesterday was hairy around here, and I lost my glasses for a bit, soooo when I took photos of my barely there still life it was blur city...more than usual...more than is cool. I was so frustrated I just gave up, and went and slept like a baby! Here are two, albeit slightly blurry and grainy photographs.
This was Tuesday's drawing class assignment, still life, and only use one color. Clear pitcher and two empty plastic diet coke bottles.
Today I worked on this little piece.
I don't know what it is going to become yet, and its a bit gluey...maybe a disaster.